A cultural exposition organised by Madhya Pradesh Adivasi Lok Kala Academy, the five day long festival of Lokrang in Bhopal begins every year on 26th January. The main features of the Lokrang festival are folk and tibal dances, classical dances, performing art, exhibition and presentation of art and craft and cultural presentations from abroad.
The Khajuraho Dance Festival is the celebration of the traditional dance forms against the backdrop of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The famous temples of Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh are famous for archaeological excellence. The temples were built during the Chandela Dynasty between 250 and 1050 AD. These monuments are the finest examples of the fusion of beauty, spirituality and sensuality, which delineates art in its most spectacular form. Spectators from all over the world attend the demonstration of art in the dance form.
Gwalior, acclaimed as the oldest Gharana in Hindustani music, has managed to retain its musical spirit and tradition. Tansen was one of the nine gems in the court of one of the greatest Mughal rulers of India, Emperor Akbar. The Tansen Music Festival or the Tansen Utsav is held every year in order to celebrate the memory of one of the greatest artists in Indian history, Tansen. The place where this great musician is buried, Tansen Tomb in Gwalior is the venue of this music festival held annually in November – December.
Mandu festival coincides with the celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi in other places. Madhya Pradesh, known for its overpowering gaiety and pomp during festive celebrations, exhibits the Mandu festival every year with exulting fervour.
Attended by more than million people, the festival is considered one of the largest of religious festivals in the world. Kumbh Mela is celebrated on rotational basis in four different places in India, which are considered the four most sacred places on earth- Allahabad, Ujjain, Nashik and Haridwar. The celebration of Kumbh Mela sees the convergence of millions of devotees, shamans, monks and religious saints across India, making the festival the largest of all Hindu fairs!
The tribal people of Madhya Pradesh form an important part of its culture and contribute to the colourful graffiti of the state. In the local language, Bhagoria festival is also called the festival of love. Celebrated with great pomp and show by the tribal people of Madhya Pradesh, Bhagoria Haat Festival is one of its kind in which young girls and boys have a right to elope after choosing their life partner. This unique tradition and vibrant culture comes alive in the Bhagoriya festival of Jhabua. In this festival, a boy and girl put red powder on their partner’s face if they like each other. Further, they run away from the ground and parents can’t deny their relationship later on.
Allauddin Khan Sangeet Samaroh in Maihar, Satna is a three-day festival that is organised in the month of February every year.It is an ode to Ustad Allauddin Khan. It offers a chance to witness presentations by several artists of Indian classical music.
The Madai Festival is one of the unique attractions of Bastar held in the different villages stretched out from Mandla to Bastar. Gonds from distant places come and meet their dearest ones and buy a year’s supply of items like salt and cooking oil.
Akhil Bharatiya Kalidas Samaroh of Ujjain takes pride in its association with Kalidas, the greatest poet of the country. Every year in August, it is organised with much fanfare. It attracts many people, both from the country as well as from abroad. Several dramas are staged during this event that depict a wide array of themes, social, socio-political, cultural etc.
Pachmarhi Utsav of Pachmarhi is a six-day festival held annually every year. This event begins from December 25 and ends after ushering the New Year. The New Year bonanza features a bouquet of cultural programs and art performances. Pachmarhi Utsava at Pachmarhi hosts exhibitions and craft fair besides some fascinating art performances. Cultural evenings are arranged every day of this Pachmarhi Utsava that features artists of national as well as international repute!
Nimar Utsav is organized by the state government of Madhya Pradesh and is celebrated on the banks of the holy river Narmada. This cultural extravaganza is an annual event that is held in Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh. It is a three day event that is a comprehensive feast of music, dance, drama, boating and canoeing. Specifically it is held on the eve of Kartik Purnima.
Numerous classical dances are performed at Malwa Utsava in Ujjain and Indore. According to the legend, the supreme creator of this Universe created Natya by amalgamating four diverse components collected exclusively from the four Vedas. Performers and entertainers from different parts of India charm the cities of Indore and Ujjain for a remarkable five day celebration of art, music, dance, drama and culture. Malwa Utsav is one of the biggest and most spectacular events of Madhya Pradesh. The festival restores the age old culture and the tradition of India through its various classical dance performances and traditional music!
Music aficionados from across the world come to the city lured by Dhrupad Samaroh of Bhopal.
It is an ideal venue to relish vocal performances by some of the notable names of the music fraternity.
Music enthusiasts from across the globe come to Indore enticed by Ameer Khan Festival. It is the perfect venue to savour Indian classical music performances by the talented stalwarts.
Festivals in Madhya Pradesh 2016
|Festival / Event in Madhya Pradesh||Location / Place||Details|
|Festival of Dances||Khajuraho||Indian Classical Dance Performance|
|Akhil Bharatiya Kalidas Samaroh||Ujjain||Literary Presentations along with dramas and Indian Classical Dance programmes.|
|Tansen Sangeet Samaroh||Gwalior||Indian Classical Vocal and Musical performances.|
|Dhrupad Samaroh||Bhopal||Vocal perfromaces of Dhrupad style of Indian Classical Music.|
|Allauddin Khan Sangeet Samaroh||Maihar, Satna||Indian Classical Music.|
|Ameer Khan Festival||Indore||Indian Classical performances.|
|Rashtriya Hindi Natya Samaroh||Bhopal||Hind's Best Drama's performances.|
|Pachmarhi Utsav||Pachmarhi||Indian Folk Art's performances.|
|Keshav Jayanti Samaroh||Orchha||Literary Presenatation.|
|Alauddin Khan Vyakhyanmala||Bhopal||Lectures based on Classical Music.|
|Muktibodh Samaroh||Bhind||Literary Programmes.|
|Bhavbhuti Samaroh||Gwalior||Sanskrit's Literary Programmes.|
|Malwa Utsav||Ujjain & Indore||Folk Arts and Indian Classical Music.|
|Makhanlal Chaturvedi Samaroh||Jabalpur||Literary Programmes.|
|Rashtriya Ramleela Mela||Different Parts of MP||Country's Best Ramleela Mandlis Performance.|
|Pt. Balkrishna Sharma "Naveen" Samaroh||Hindi Literary Programmes.|
|Rajshekhar Samaroh||Sanskrit Literary Programmes.|
|Lokrang Samaroh||Bhopal||Indian Folk Art's Presentation and performance.|
|Pt. Kumar Gandharva Samaroh||Dhar||Sanskrit Literary Programmes.|
|Padmakar Samaroh||Hindi Literary Programmes.|
|Bhoj Samaroh||Dhar||Sanskrit Literary Programmes.|
|Shankari Samaroh||Throughout Madhya Pradesh||Sanskrit Literary Programs|
|Kabir Samaroh||All over Madhya Pradesh||Folk Arts, Music, Dances and Literary Programmes.|
|Rashtriya Alankaran Samaroh||Bhopal||Distribution of Cultural Awards|
|Jagar Samaroh||Indian Classical and Folk Arts Display.|
|Krishna Rao Samaroh||Gwalior||Indian Classical Music.|
|M.P. Sangeet Samaroh||Throughout Madhya Pradesh||Nimar Utsav, Maheshwar Indian Folk and Classical Performances.|
|Bharat Bhawan||Bhopal||Various Folk arts exhibition and performances throughout the year.|
|Subhadra Kumari Chauhan Samaroh||Hindi Literary Programmes and performances.|
|Film Festival||Bhopal||Films from India and Abroad.|
|* This festival calendar has been taken from MP tourism board for tourist information.|