Chandigarh : Haryana Tourism is all set to celebrate the 7th Pinjore Heritage Festival on 15th and 16th December 2012 at Yadavindra Gardens, Pinjore. An innovative endeavour of the Tourism, the festival goes a step ahead to project the ancient heritage of the town of Pinjore and Yadavindra Gardens. The grandeur of the royal gardens – fortress walls, ramparts, bastions and palaces offer a perfect setting to the Heritage Festival.
A date with history
For the uninitiated, the garden palace was built in the 17th century by Emperor Aurangzeb’s architect and foster brother, Fidai Khan. This garden has been laid and curated on a classical plan of Shalimar Gardens of Kashmir. It has been laid at seven levels on a descending scale. The Yadavindra Gardens is a fine example of Mughal garden design that reveals typical Persian elements, with canals as main axes, arranged in a cross-shape, dividing the main garden into four square sections, the chahar bagh, a distinctive feature of Persian and Mughal gardens, enclosed by high walls. Natural springs blended with a hilly terrain, display plentiful use of moving water in this lush terraced garden.
Adjoining the gardens is the Bhima Devi Museum that has been upgraded as a world-class museum, and adjudged as the best maintained national monument by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India. The campus has been artistically landscaped and well-illuminated with garden lights and tree lights. The architecture and techniques of construction of Bhima Devi Temple can be compared with the contemporary temples of Khajuraho and Bhubaneswar.
Pinjore Gardens has been a popular venue for hosting another annual event, the Mango Mela, which celebrates mango as the king of fruits. The Mango Mela provides an excellent opportunity for people to see and taste top quality mangoes, also it provides a forum to the mango growers to sell their mangoes and mango products.
Sh. Vijai Vardhan, Principal Secretary, Tourism Department, Haryana, while addressing the mediapersons about the forthcoming festival and its highlights stated that the festival will be inaugurated by His Excellency, Governor of Haryana, Shri Jagannath Pahadia. The festival will remain open from 11 am to 7 pm on both the days. The festival is being organised with the support of Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.
Cultural recitals in the evening
The Gardens will be dazzling like a jewel in the evenings, as the entire palace has been well-illuminated for the event. The musical evenings would further liven up the spirits of the Festival as celebrated Classical folk, Sufiana and Ghazal singer USTAD SHUJAAT HUSAIN KHAN will perform on 15th December. Similarly the performances for 16th December evening are Swar-ragini recital by Pt. Subhash Ghosh, (disciple of Ustad Amjad Ali Khan Saheb) and Awadhi folk and Sufiana performance by MALINI AWASTHI. Also there will be a round of spectacular fireworks on both the days. Haryana Roadways will run special buses between Chandigarh-Panchkula-Pinjore at short intervals.
Competitions and performances
A number of competitions like painting, rangoli, antakshari and fancy dress have been lined up for the school students of Chandigarh and Panchkula. On 15th December, rangoli competition will kick off at 10 a.m. and also a fancy dress competition for junior group (Class I-IV) and senior groups (Class V-VIII). Following which, antakshari competition for differently-abled children will be held at 11 am. On the second day of the Festival, a painting competition for junior group (Class I-VIII) and senior group (Class IX-XII) is scheduled. Also folk dance competition will have participation from students of Class I-IV, Class V-VIII and Class IX-XII respectively.
The renowned Day Performers who will entertain the spectators during the day include Siddi Goma Raj Pipla of Surat, Kalbelia Sapera dance of Jaipur, Kacchi Ghori—Ajmer, Dhol Nagara- Banchari- Hodal, Bagpiper—Kaithal, Been Sapera—Panipat, Bhangra and Haryana folk dancers. A unique performance on both days by magician Deepak Sharma of Delhi, who will perform an astonishing feat of sitting 4 feet above the ground for a duration of four hours.
In tune with its Corporate Social Responsibility initiative, arrangements have been made for the visit of the differently-abled children on 15th December. Similarly, ‘Heritage Walk by the Senior Citizens’ has also been planned on 16th December. The registered Senior Citizens Associations of Chandigarh, Panchkula and Kalka have been invited for it. All the participants would be performing cultural programs and would be allowed free entry in the Garden and also provided soft drinks and lunch etc.
The main crowd-puller of the festival will be the street bazaar (Anarkali bazaar) reminiscent of Mughal times, where craftsmen would display their unique handlooms and handicrafts.
The food stalls will be another major attraction of the Festival. A variety of cuisine to tantalise the taste buds of visitors would be the hallmark of the festival. This will include a wide range of delectable dishes like Amritsari Tandoori Kulchey, Jaipur’s Dal Bhatti Churma, Chinese cuisine, Hansi Perra, Gohana’s famous jalebi and so on. Jammu & Kashmir Tourism is also participating and will rustle up an array of Kashmiri and Dogri dishes. Institutes of Hotel Management from Kurukshetra, Rohtak, Faridabad, Panipat and other private hotel management institutes of Chandigarh and Panchkula will also be putting up their stalls for sale of the F&B items.