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The Kartik Cultural Festival is an annual festival that is celebrated at Nahar Singh Mahal in Ballabgarh town in Faridabad District of Haryana, India. The celebration runs for three days in October and November. It is organised with the collaboration and contribution of several authorities such as Ministry of Tourism and Department of Culture, Government of India, Department of Youth Affairs and Sports, Govt. of India, Department of Cultural Affairs, Haryana, Development Commissioner Handlooms and Handicrafts, North Central Cultural Center, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan and Ballabgarh Development and Beautification Society.

Every year with the initiatives taken by these organizations to promote almost extinct forms of arts in India. It gives life to the martial arts and any other folk arts of the nation which are now forgotten by people. This festival is known for showcasing talents in those forms which makes this do a must-visit. Also, the location of this festival is a treat to explore. The Mahal in Ballabgarh where this festival is celebrated has an excellent architecture for the public to see. Also, several singers and dancers from classical to contemporary, get a chance to explore their talent on this huge platform. 

History of Kartik Cultural Festival

The Kartik Cultural Festival is the result of the continuous effort of the Haryana Government. The motive was to keep alive the art and heritage of India. The festival is organized at Nahar Mahal which was the resident of Raja Nahar Singh (ascended throne in 1829) who was ruling Ballabgarh Town under the reign of the last Mughal King Bahadur Shah Zafar. It was built around 1739 AD by the forefathers of King Nahar. 

Beautification of Nahar Mahal

The deterioration of the Nahar Mahal was on its peak and then, the Government of Haryana decided to restore the beauty of the Nahar Mahal. It hired Francis Nacziarg and Aman Team for further beautification of the palace which restored its beauty with aligned cupola and miners.

Major Attractions of Kartik Cultural Festival

Folk Dance and Music. It not only showcases the folk dance and music of Haryana but also welcomes other folk dance forms across India. One can see the charm of India and understand the rich heritage of it through traditional dance performances.

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Classical Dance and Music.  Different classical dance performances such as Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi, Orisi are performed by renowned dancers. When it comes to classical music performance, you will love to listen to Thumri, Dadra, Bhaul, etc.

Performing Arts. At this festival, people get to see amazing martial arts and folk arts which are on the verge of extinction. It is a fun and nostalgic experience to watch our cultural art forms being performed by talented artists from all around the country. 

How to Reach 

Air. The nearest airport is Chandigarh Airport which is just 288.8 kilometers away from Ballabgarh. Another closest airport is Indira Gandhi International Airport which is just 43 kilometers away from Ballabgarh that will take only one hour to reach the destination. The airport is well-linked to major cities in India and overseas. Once you reach the airport, you can easily get the local means of transport. 

Rail. The nearest railway station is Ballabgarh Railway Station which is well-connected to neighbouring cities and states of India. Once you deboard at the station, you can easily get a bus, cab, or taxi to reach the Nahar Mahal. 

Road. Gurugram is a prominent city of the state of Haryana and also lies in the Delhi-NCR region where this festival is celebrated every year. People can easily reach here due to its proximity to the capital city of India. Delhi airport is the nearest to the city and also all the railway stations of the Delhi-NCR region are connected to the city and many more parts of the country. 

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    19 November 2019 - 21 November 2019

  • Venue

    Nahar Singh Mahal, Ballabgarh

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