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 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, 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 these organizations take initiatives 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 slowly getting forgotten by people. Kartik cultural festival is widely known for showcasing talents in those forms. 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.
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 once the residence of Raja Nahar Singh (ascended throne in 1829) who ruled 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.
The deterioration of the Nahar Mahal was on its peak a few years ago. But then, the Government of Haryana stepped in and decided to restore the beauty of Nahar Mahal. It hired Francis Nacziarg and Aman Team for further beautification of the palace which restored its beauty with aligned cupola and miners.
1. 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 country’s rich heritage through traditional dance performances in Kartik cultural festival.
2. 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.
3. 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.
Ballabhgarh is a Faridabad town and is a part of NCR (National Capital Region) as well. It is connected to south-east Delhi and Faridabad by the Delhi Metro. The town is located at a distance of 36, 2,093, 1,427, 1,463 km from Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, and Kolkata respectively. Here are the three main transport modes by which you can reach the festival.
By Air. The nearest airport to Ballabhgarh is Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. The airport is located about 34 km away from the town. From the airport, you can easily take public transport to reach the venue of the Kartik cultural festival.
The airport has been named after the former Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi. Since 2009, it has been the busiest airport in the country if we consider passenger traffic. Indian Air Force used to operate it but later the control was transferred to the Airports Authority of India.
By Train. Ballabhgarh has its own railway station, the Ballabgarh Railway station. Direct trains can be found from the major cities in India to this town. This modern railway station is equipped with all modern facilities such as vending machines, information kiosks, ATM machines, TV advertising panels, and internet cafes.
By Road. If you happen to live nearby Ballabhgarh, you can very well take the road route. A number of buses run between Ballabhgarh and nearby cities with various options such as sleeper coach, regular, and luxury, etc.
If you have your own vehicle or want to hire a cab, you can take the following routes: