The festival is a ten-day long event, which is celebrated at Shilpgram in Agra. This is a cultural bonanza started in the year 1992, to commemorate the magnificent Taj Mahal and the rich culture of the state. In the current year 2014, the festival will be celebrating the 23th year of its origin. Large number of tourists flock the city in the month of February to be a part of the Taj Mahaostav. The festival is celebrated from 18th February to 27th February. This fair is organised by UP Tourism, in order to boost tourism in India.
The festival reminds the memories of the Mughal Era and the Nawabi culture prevalent in the state of Uttar Pradesh in the early 18th and 19th centuries. One of the objectives of the festival is to promote the craftsmen and artisans. Tourists can get to buy magnificent and authentic work of art and craft at reasonable prices at the fair.
Programme at the Taj Mahaostav:
The Taj Mahaostav offers a wide array of programs for the guests. The Taj Mahaostav offers an ultimate platform to the artists and craftsmanship to exhibit their skills to the people around the globe. People from all over the globe visit the festival. Get a chance to see skilled dancers, artists, musicians and chefs putting up their best to make the festival a unique experience each year.
Cultural Fest at Taj Mahostav:
Each evening cultural programs mark the festival. The cultural festivals with soul stirring performances by the world-renowned artists and the folk singers coming across various regions of the country play the magic. The Mahaostav displays a number of art forms like Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Bihu, Bhangra etc. If you enjoy Indian film music then you can spot a number of famous faces at the festival. Some of them Wadali Brothers, Shiv Kumar Sharma, Padmshree Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Sonu Nigam, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, the late Jagjit Singh, Pankaj Udhaas, Sabri Brothers, Kailash Kher have graced the stage. Apart from the well known names you can see a number of upcoming artist on the stage. You can also get a chance to experience the exquisite culture of the city. Get a chance to experience the legacy of the Brij Bhumi enacted in the form of plays and acts by various drama groups and social organizations. You can also get a chance to see a number of art forms like semi classical, semi classical and other popular dance forms.
Arts and Crafts at the Mahaostav:
Every year more than 400 skilled artists from around the country display thioer brilliant artistry at the Taj Mahaostav. Some of the common ones featuring each year are the Kantha work from Bengal, Zari from Bareilly, Silk from Benaras, Chikan from Lucknow, Wood Carving from Saharanpur, stone carving from Tamil Naidu, Carpets from Bhadohu, Shawls from Kashmir, Hand printing from Farrukabad, Silk from South India, Bandhni from Gujarat, Jamawar shawls from Rajasthan are a few to name.
For shopaholics the festival is the place to be! You can also pick up small things such as handmade showpieces, lamps, pearl jewellery, traditional folk dresses, handmade paper, rock and jewellery and paintings.
Cuisine at the Taj Mahaostav:
Enjoy the authentic Mughlai food at the Taj Mahaostav. Relish sumptuous tasting food such as Mutton korma, Mutton Rogan Josh, Murg Chaap, Qeema Matar, Boti Kebab, Paya, Nihari, Murg Musalam, Shahi Tukra, Anjeer Ka Halwa, Phirni and much more to temper your taste buds. The festival also gives you a chance to enjoy foods from different parts of the country all at one place.
Taj Mahaostav for Kids:
The festival has a number of fun filled options for your young ones. Kids can enjoy thrilling rides on merry go rounds, ferris wheels, roller coasters and trains. They can also enjoy games like balloon shooting and throw a ring.
For attracting more tourists each year the tickets for the Taj Mahaostav has been kept at low rates. The entry for kids under 13 years is free and for others is Rs 20. The fair is also free for the foreign nationals.