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Built in the 13th Century, Qutub Minar has been one of the most popular monuments of India, which is a symbol of strength and pride. But, unfortunately, owing to some suicides people committed here, it became quite infamous. The Qutub Festival, celebrated at the ancient monument Qutub Minar, is one of the major efforts put towards the revival of the minaret. The annual festival is organized with utmost grandeur for three consecutive days during October-November.

Qutub Festival 2019 - All You Need To Know

In 2019, it is being celebrated from 15th to 19th November. The festival will be graced by several renowned Indian Classical dance and music artists. From classical dances to Bollywood numbers, the stage will be dignified by several performers and talents. From Indian Music Gharanas, you will get to enjoy Rag Bhairavi, Rag Jijavanti, Megh Malhar and many more. Also, several International Musical Bands would also be performing during the Qutub Festival. Organized by Delhi Tourism, it is a great effort towards saving the heritage of India. 

History of Qutub Festival 

Qutub Minar is a historical monument which was built during Mughal Era by Qutub-ud-din Aibak. It is named after Sufi Sant Khwaja Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Kaki. Qutub Festival is being organized for many years now with the motive to sustain the grandeur of Qutub Minar as it is one of the integral parts of Indian Heritage. Every year renowned Indian artists come and perform to entertain the audience. 

Major Attractions of Qutub Festival

Classical Dance Performances (Shastriya Nritya)

Bharatnatyam. Tamil Nadu's dance form, Bharatnatyam derives from four terms 'Bhava' means expression, 'Raga' means melody, 'Tala' means Rhythm, and 'Natya' means dance. Bharatnatyam is one of the eight dance forms that is recognized by Sangeet Natak Akademi. The dance form is a type of imitation that reflects South Indian religious themes and spiritual ideas. Several Bharatnatyam Dance Performances are based on Shaivism, Vaishnavism, and Shaktism. Here at Qutub Festival, you will get the opportunity to enjoy these mesmerizing art performances by renowned Bharatnatyam Dancers such as:

Kuchipudi. It is one of the major Indian classical dance forms that originated in Kuchipudi village in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, India. This classical dance form has a significant mention in the Hindu Sanskrit text of Natya Shastra. Mostly, this dance form is related to traveling bards, temples and spiritual beliefs. 

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Kathakali. It is difficult to state the roots of Kathakali dance but it was popular as one of the major folk dances during the 17th century, mostly in southern parts of India. The category of kathakali is a story play. It is performed by male dancers wearing heavy makeup, costumes, and face masks. 

Musical Performances

Ghazals. Those who love to indulge in melodious ghazals, Qutub Festival is the perfect event to attend. You ought to attend the performances of the best Ghazal singers of India who will set the mood right with their melodious numbers. 

Qawwalis. There are also several performances of Qawwalis by popular Qawwali groups like Wadali Brothers, Ateeq Hussain Khan, Rizwan Muazzam Qawwali Group, etc.

Sarangi & Sitar Sessions. If you are interested in attending soulful Sarangi and Sitar sessions, here you will get to spend some beautiful time. 

Performance of Bollywood Singers. Popular Bollywood singers like Alka Yagnik, Sukhvinder, Kumar Sanu, Sonu Nigam, Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Aditi Singh Sharma, etc. perform on their hit chartbusters. 

How to Reach the Qutub Festival

Air. The nearest airport is Indira Gandhi International Airport which is just a few kilometers away from the park. The airport is well-connected to other major cities in India as well as overseas. Once you reach the airport, you can hire a bus, taxi or auto to reach the park. If you want to go by your vehicle, choose two roadways Rao Tularam Marg and Thimayya Marg which will take 40-49 minutes to reach the park. Also, Delhi is served by advance metro services. The nearest metro station is Qutub Minar Metro Station that falls on the Yellow Line. 

Rail. The nearest railway station is New Delhi Railway Station which is well-linked to other major cities of India and gets frequent train services across the country. Once you reach the station, you can hire a bus, auto, or taxi to reach the park. The nearest metro station is Qutub Minar Metro Station on the Yellow Line. 

Road. Delhi has advance road connectivity which is well-linked with other neighbouring cities like some cities of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, and Punjab.

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    15 November 2019 - 19 November 2019

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    Qutub Complex

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