Bhopal is the capital city of the ‘Heart of India’, Madhya Pradesh. Bhopal holds the titles like ‘The City of Lakes’, because of many natural and man-made lakes in and around the city, and ‘One of the Greenest Cities’ under its belt. The capital of Madhya Pradesh is also one of the greenest cities of India attracting several tourists from India and other countries all year long.
Being the capital city, Bhopal is the hub for cultural events, fairs, and festivals which showcases the diverse spirit of India. One of the most famous festivals that are celebrated and organized in Bhopal is the five-day-long Lokrang Festival which is just around the corner. This festival attracts tourists, dance connoisseurs, music connoisseurs, and artists from all over the globe.
It is also deemed as ‘Lokrang Samaroh’ in a local dialect. The word ‘Lokrang’ is an amalgamation of two different words, ‘Lok’ which means people, and ‘Rang’ which means colour. The Lokrang is amongst the most famous fairs and festivals in Madhya Pradesh. The five-day-long spectacular show of folk dance and music commences on the Republic Day of India, 26th January, every year. From teenyboppers to superannuitants, this cultural event has something for everyone’s entertainment.
This extravagant exhibition of vibrant culture, ancient colourful art forms, and melodious music from every corner of the country and the globe includes eight different events, dedicated to their respectful aptitude making it one of the must-do things to do in Madhya Pradesh. The festival is celebrated for the past 19 years in the constituency of Bhopal.
Since India is a country of many states and each state has its own cultural background, the organizing committee of this festival aims to speculate on each of them. The theme of the festival is decided beforehand, sometimes they showcase the cultural diversity of North-East India, and sometimes they aim to portray the customs of the Western part of the country.
1. An event known as Ramayni is dedicated to theatrical representations. The main highlight of the event is a performance from the Gond Tribe.
2. An event solely dedicated to promoting the heritage of Indian culture is also organized which is called Dharohar. Dance and music performances from different states of the country are showcased in this event.
3. The folk musicians from Madhya Pradesh flaunt their talent in an event called Lokrag. After all, it’s their festival the world celebrates.
4. The artists from outside of India can show their talents in another affair called Deshantar which is dedicated to foreign artists only.
5. India is filled with art and it is not limited to just dance and music. Handcrafts is a well-celebrated art form in our country and there is a special place for it in this Madhya Pradesh Festival called Aakar which means shapes in English.
6. How can a festival be celebrated without our tiny toddlers? An event called Ullas is arranged by the organizing committee just for the kids attending this festival.
7. Can you imagine an Indian festival without mouth-watering food? No, right? A flavourful event goes on for all five days of this festival where you can enjoy the delicacies and cuisines from every corner of the country. The name of this event is Swad, just like the food served here.
8. There is also an event for book lovers which is known as Lokwarta. If you like the smell of old books and Indian literature then you should be here. This event exhibits the vibrant culture, art, and old literature of India.