Agra: Taj Mahotsava, the annual art, craft and cuisine extravaganza, drew to a close with a gala performance by noted playback singer Alka Yagnik. Taj Mahotsav is indeed a fitting tribute to the legendary skills of master craftsmen and exponents of art, music and cuisine. Not only this, it is also a gentle peep into the rich heritage and extraordinary legacies of this wonderful land.
The festivities commence with a spectacular procession inspired by Mughal splendour. Bedecked elephants and camels, drum beaters, folk artists and master craftsmen....
all help to recreate a visual delight reminiscent of the golden era of the Mughal Darbars. Taj Mahotsav is where the legendary artisans and master craftsmen breathe life into their exquisite works of art.
Marble inlay apart, the Festival brings forth an array of other fine crafts as well- wood carvings from Saharanpur, brass and other metalwasre from Moradabad, handmade carpets of Badohi, the blue pottery of Khurja, the Chikan work of Lucknow, the silk of Banares... to name a few. Agra with its legendry tradition of exquisite craftsmanship is thus the ideal venue for holding a crafts fair like the Taj Mahotsav.
This crafts fair is usually held annually in February, however due to elections throughout the state the fair this year was held throughout March, making it an exciting addition to life in Agra.