Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Times Raasrang Holi Utsav 2013

Times of India in association with Delhi Tourism and UNESCO among others, hosted the Times Raasrang Holi Utsav at Dilli Haat, from March 22-24.


I happened to visit Dilli Haat on Saturday and witnessed how this festival of Holi cuts across all boundaries...all barriers and is just about Love. Love for melody, Love for Nature, Love for Life and Love for the true eternal One.

This event gave a platform to artists from different parts of the country and the world (there was a Bangladeshi troop that played on Friday) to share with people various traditions observed on this auspicious day and their Lokgeet (folk songs).

We had a little time before the show and wanted to capture the essence of this Bazaar....

Colours Abound
Organic holi colours
Lord Krishna Radha Sculpture at a Maharashtra stall







The first performance started just before the Sun was about to set in....the troupe was from Barpetta, a district in Assam. A group of Women & Men, young and old, dressed in their traditional attire came on to the stage and mesmerized the audience with their melody and simplicity...
The Barpetta Troupe

Me, with the Barpeta group
Barpetta Folk songs are exquisite compositions in praise of Lord Krishna. Though the non-Bengali speaking audience could not understand much of their songs, their joyous vibe struck a chord with each and everyone in the audience...

The next performance was from the land of Braj, located between U.P. and Rajasthan, it is said to be the land where Lord Krishna spent his childhood...
Holi here is celebrated with lot of pomp and  show....with celebrations going on for a week!!

The audience was enthralled with their song and dance performances, depicting the love, fun and frolic of Radha-Krishna
Mayur Nritya/Peacock Dance





After dancing to the tunes of the Braj ke Geet, we proceeded to the food stall.
The Classis Holi drinks, Thandia (made up of milk and almonds) and Kaanji (sour drink made up of carrots) were everyone's favourite.


A very interesting Fried Palak ke Patte ki chaat was also on the menu

This wonderful evening at Dilli Haat left me enriched, as it opened another dimension to the festival of Holi - India's richness lies in its diversity, from the foot tapping and more popular Braj Holi to the simple yet soulful style of the East!! I left the place with a song in my heart and a yearning to discover more of India's Folk Culture!!

Wishing you all a very Happy and Colourful Holi!! *Love*

2 comments:

  1. Its a grand party, a huge group of people gathered to participate in the Festival of Color, live music, rainbow of colors.
    Happy Holi 2014

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    1. Thanks you! N wishing you a very happy holi!

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