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November 2006

Colourful Traditions - Nimar Utsav - Maheshwar-Central India

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Maheshwar - A small town situated at the banks of the holy river Narmada and known as the one time capital of the great Holkar Queen Devi Ahilya is a famous place of pilgrimage and is also known for its world famous Ahilya Ghat and Sarees. Nimar Festival is one of the rare festivals in the country, which is organised at the banks of river Narmada to symbolise the age-old culture, which flows through such rivers in the country. The three days Nimar Festival is a comprehensive feast of music, dance, drama, boating and canoeing. This festival is organised every year on the eve of Kartik Purnima, full moon night and continues for three days i.e November 25th to November 27th 2007.

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Colourful Traditions - Kalidas Festival - Central India

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The Kalidasa Samaroh, the festival of classical Sanskrit Literature, Traditional Theatre and arts, is held every year as a tribute to the great poet playwright Kalidasa. Mahakavi Kalidasa is known as the greatest repository of our national heritage.

The colourful evening of Kalidasa festival starts with the original Sanskrit play of Kalidasa presented in a traditional style. For the next six days, festival goes with the presentation of classical dramas, dances, ballets and classical music concerts showing the greatness of Indian arts and culture.

Another attraction of this festival is an all India Kalidasa painting and sculpture exhibition inspired by the works of Kalidasa. The works are created by the artists in Indian traditional or folk style.

Thus, Kalidasa festival is a prestigious programme of Madhya Pradesh, which has glorious history of several decades. The first Kalidasa Festival, organised by the Madhya Pradesh Government, was inaugurated by the First President of India Dr. Rajendra Prasad in 1958.

In short, Kalidasa Festival is dedicated to Indian Traditional Literature, Art and Culture and it is a tribute to our national poet Mahakavi Kalidasa, a great symbol of ever flowing Indian traditional literature representing the greatness of India all over the world.

The Kalidas festival is held at Ramtek, Nagpur in the month of November for two days. Ramgiri, or Ramtek as it is popularly known today, is the place that inspired Kalidas and its beauty features predominantly in his literary work.

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