Malwa Utsav, the festival of art and culture; the place, where one sees our age old traditions coming to life. The place, where music, dance and drama hold you in its magical clutches, only to leave you dazed with charm for days. This is the power of Malwa Utsav!
The 5 day festival of Malwa Utsav 2016 commemorated with great pomp and show at Indore and Ujjain. Artisans, dancers, musicians, cookery-masters traveled from every corner of India, to converge at Madhya Pradesh. And the reason of their visit? To retain, revive and give a new meaning to our ancestral treasure of cultures!
Imagine this – A place, all lightened up with colourful lights, decorated with murals, sculptures and rangolis. Air heavy with aroma of Bharteeya delicacies, the delicacies that ranged from Gujrat in the West to Manipur in the North-East, Uttranchal in North to Kerala in South. And dancers and musicians, all ready in their costume to set the stage for the night. And, when you think that your brains have seen enough, you will be presented with hundreds of craftsmen all ready with their artistry to entice you. This is but a small idea of what Malwa Utsav had been!
Kathak from M.P , Kathakali from Kerala, Lavani from Maharashtra, Manipuri dance from Manipur, were few of the forms that were the highlights of the event. The performances and cuisines were planned according to the themes, decided for every day. And not just the performances but also the entire decoration were planned according to the decided themes. On one such days, there was a giant face of Kathakli dancer as backdrop for the performances.
Malwa Utsav is one of its kind. It is the kind of festival that is ready to welcome their guests with open heart and arms. One did not only enjoy the shows presented but also learned from many masters that were present there. That was again a way to connect with traditions through their skills of artistry. With hatt bazaar (flea market) exhibition of crafts, there were arrangements for workshops too. In the workshops- those who were interested were given training in the skills of clay work and paper art.
This was the spirit of Malwa Utsav that we have ‘tried’ to describe here. A rich cultural experience of our time marked by grandness of beauty and tradition. Don’t you dare miss the next one!