Mughal Gardens at Rashtrapati Bhawan ( President’s Palace) is one of the most beautiful sites in New Delhi. Given that the flora is in full bloom during spring, the Mughal Gardens are opened for visit to general public for about a month this time of the year. A visit to the Mughal Gardens is a beautiful experience that does not cost a penny. But then given that this is a highly sensitive area, there are certain protocol that is strictly followed by Mughal Gardens administration.
Swami Haridas Tansen Sangeet Nritya Mahotsav held at Modern School is one of the most celebrated classical music and dance concerts not only in Delhi NCR, but the whole country. This annual classical music event extravaganza promises spellbinding performances by Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Shubha Mudgal, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Uma Sharma, Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhat and many more living legends.
Lok Gatha Utsav was a display of the rich heritage of folk music, dance and art in India. IGNCA deftly fused the essentially folk culture festival with the modern. Star performers such as Mohit Chauhan, Hans Raj Hans and Manoj Tiwari also participated in the event.
Bollywood actress Raveena Tandon inaugurated Smile International Film Festival for Children and Youth at Sirifort Auditorium Delhi. The week long film festival will be held from 11th to 17th December and includes films, short films, story telling sessions, workshops, games and fun activities for children.
Paryatan Utsav or Tourism Fair organised by the Department of Tourism, New Delhi has been going on since about three weeks. This event is ending with a grand finale on Rajpath that is ongoing between 23-25 October, 2017. The host of stalls, displays and events do nothing but mesmerise the visitor. It makes us aware of our Incredible India or Atulya Bharat.
“Partition – Stories of Separation” is a musical program recently held at Bikaner House. This was part of their event “Shared Legacies” that included curated art, fashion, exhibitions, music, dialogues and seminars. Noted Sufi singer and theatre artist Sonam Kalra along with actor and voice talent Salima Raza performed in the event. It was an unusual experience.
SPIC MACAY, the non-profit organisation promoting classical Indian music, dances, crafts and skills brings master performers for us. They are holding their 5th International Convention with round the clock events and the venue is IIT Delhi off Hauz Khas Metro Station. If you want this summer to be any worthwhile – go for it!
The 12th edition of Habitat Film Festival is being held between 19th – 28th May, 2017 at India Habitat Centre. The festival is organised by the Habitat Film Club. Read on for a preview.
The Old Delhi Food Festival was held between 25 to 26 March, 2017 at India Islamic Cultural Centre. The venue was overflowing with diners and people driving down Lodhi Road faced the brunt. Nonetheless, we were happy to manage a parking spot and went in for a taste of famous food from old Delhi without travelling all the way to Chandni Chowk!
Mughal Gardens in Rashtrapati Bhawan are opened to public in February /March every year. We are pretty regular and do this as an annual ritual. Good things in life are always free. There are no tickets to visit Mughal Gardens. Read on for an account of our recent visit…