Qutub Festival in Delhi

Ghazal Khan Pay a mark of respect to the typical and ageless Qutub Minar, on the eve of the twelve-monthly Qutub Festival held in the capital city of India.

The Qutub Minar is one of the most renowned monuments of the country. Positioned at the south of Delhi it comprises of five storeys, red stonework tower with a width and length of 14.32m at the bottom and about 2.75m on the peak. Standing at a height of approximately76.2m, the Qutub Minar happens to be the tallest self-supporting stone tower in the world.

The base and the groundwork of the Qutub Minar was placed by the Afghan invader, Qutub-ud-Din Aibak in 1199 AD as a mark of his invasion of Northern India. The two storied construction was a division of the palace compound he constructed, all along with a mosque in the place Qutub Minar, at present, stand as a rescued ruin next to the negative effects of history. Set in the middle of the historical setting of the Minar, a good number of enlightening events take place here as a division of the Festival, where experienced persons of Indian classical music and folk musicians give fantastic and magnificent performances.

The very tall Qutab Minar wears a novel look as the three-day Qutub Festival of dance and music commences, delightful and pleasant tourists from all over the country and world participate in this. The Festival is a combined undertaking of the Delhi Tourism & Transport Development Corporation and Sahitya Kala Parishad. The local food stalls placed within the compound and serve up local cuisine of Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and other northeastern states, adding together to the educational and artistic extravaganza.

Melodious tunes fills up the air by this 12th century attraction. There are Kuchipudi, Odissi, Manipuri, and many other classical dance performances by well-known artists from all over the country. Sarangi and sitar performances captivate the audience, while ghazals and qawwalis puts an end of the festival. Artists like the well-known three generations of Sarabai Family- Mrinalini, Mallika & Anahita Sarabai, ghazal maestros – Ustaad Ahmad Hussain and Ustaad Mohammad Hussein, Odissi dansuese Sonal Mansingh, santoor player Bhajan Sopori, Guru R.K. Singhajit Singh with his company of Manipuri dancers, Kuchipudi duo Jairama and Vanshree Rao and sarangi players, Ram Narayan and Aruna Narayan Kalehave have given perfprmances here too.

The Qutub Festival is an endeavor to protect and display the affluent rituals of Indian music, modern as well as traditional. It is certainly an interesting experience for those in search of a glance of the artistic musical event that takes place India.

Author: Gaurav Kaushik

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