Jhapan Festival of Bishnupur

Jhapan Festival is held in few places of West Bengal, India on the last day of Bengali month of Sharavana (mid August). The celebration is devoted to the ill-tempered deity Manasa, the Goddess of Snakes. Bishnupur is the best place for experiencing Jhapan. A procession of snake-charmers in front of Royal Palace is the highlight of the festivals. Snake-charmers display different tricks with poisonous snakes in public

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Bhai Khan Pirer Mela in Singti

Singti is a rural area under District Howrah of West Bengal, India. Here, in winter potatoes grow in abundant. On the first day of the Bengali month of Magh (mid-January) a big fair called ‘Bhai Khna Pirer Mela’ is held in Singti. This is also referred as ‘Alur Damer Mela’ (Fair of potato curry) as ‘Alur Dam’ is the highlight of this occasion. Hundreds of sellers gather here to sell ‘Alur Dam’. This is a celebration for successful harvest of ‘Alu'(potato)

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Tanjore Dance Festival

During the era of the King Rajaraja Chola I, every evening people used to gather in the Brihadisvara Temple complex to cherish classical music, dance and Vedic chants. Beautiful evenings of that bygone era come alive now-a-days for one week. Every year, on the day of Mahashivaratri (falls during February-March) and following seven evenings, classical music and dances are performed here in the temple complex. It is not a big deal to see this type of performance on stage, but experiencing Indian tradition on an age old stone stage inside an ancient temple-complex… it was something different, a lifetime memory indeed!

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Basantarasa of Manipur

Manipuri Rasa is an important classical dance tradition of India. Rasa is dedicated to Lord Krishna aka Sri Govindaji. Basantarasa, one of the five forms of Rasa is performed in the full moon day of Manipuri month of Sajibu (during March-April). This blog is featured on experiencing the spectacular, still soulful event of Basantarasa held in Sri Govindaji Temple of Imphal, Manipur. 

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Chapchar Kut Festival of Mizoram

ব্যাম্বু ড্যান্স বা ‘চেরাও’ উত্তর-পূর্ব ভারতসহ সারা দক্ষিণপূর্ব এশিয়াতেই বেশ জনপ্রিয়। এক-একটা দলে দশ-কুড়ি জন করে থাকে। ছেলেরা বাজনার তালে তালে বাঁশ এদিক ওদিক করে আর মেয়েরা বাঁশের এ পাশে ও পাশে পা দিয়ে দিয়ে নাচে। মিজোরামের রাজধানী আইজলের চাপচারকুট উৎসবে যেভাবে এই ‘চেরাও’ নাচ হয়, তেমনটা পৃথিবীর আর কোথাও হয় না। এই উৎসবের কথাই গল্পে, ছবিতে ধড়া আছে এখানে।

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Baha Parab of Purulia

Baha Parab is the spring festival of  Santhal, Munda, Ho and other tribes of India. Baha means flowers, while Parab means festival. This festival of flowers is observed to pray to Marang Buru (male deity) and Jaher Ara (female deity). Naikey (the priest) offers leaves and flowers of Sal tree to Jaherthan (altar) and there after distributes the holy Sal flowers among the devotees. He goes from door to door to bless everybody and the ladies wash his feet with oil and water. Along with this ritual, songs, dance, Madal drum beats go on with great enthusiasm. This blog is featured on experiencing Baha Parab in Gurrabera village of the district Purulia in West Bengal, India.

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Top Things to Do in Tanjore

Temple-towns of ancient era were not only about big temples, rather a kind of cultural hubs, practicing and showcasing multiple sorts of art-forms like music, dance, drama, literature, painting, sculpture, food, and textile and so on. History shows us how a stable and prosperous ruler with good aesthetic sense used to encourage all possible aspects […]

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