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Festival of Chandigarh showcases Indian culture

Chandigarh recently organised a festival to showcase the countrys vibrant folk dances and much more.

By Ashwini Kaushal

Chandigarh, May 14 : Chandigarh recently organised a festival to showcase the country's vibrant folk dances and much more.

Visitors to the "Festival of Chandigarh" had a gala time watching dances from Northern and Southern India, such as Dogri and Bhangra.

Artistes from Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Uttarakhand, Punjab and other parts of the country participated in the festival in the 'City of Roses'.

Punya Mahajan, a local tourist, said: "In our everyday life, we don't get to see so much. The costumes they wear, we are not able to see that in routine. We are here for educational purposes also. It's quite satisfactory."

Eitel, a German tourist, said: "We like the colours and the traditional clothes worn by the artists. We like it very much," t seemed that whole of the Chandigarh congregated at the 'bubbly' venue near Sukhna Lake.

Kite lovers also demonstrated their superlative skills at the festival.

Visitors relished the delicious food, sitting beside the Sukhna Lake. They also enjoyed boat-rides.

Renowned Punjabi folk Singer Dolly Guleria was an added attraction at the three-day extravaganza.

Chandigarh Tourism Director Vivek Atray said: "Chandigarh has rich culture. We are promoting the city as a tourism destination. People from abroad especially they like to see the authentic culture of India. With this festival and other festivals we try to project Chandigarh as good place to visit."

Chandigarh is known for its high standard of living and tops the list of Indian States and Union Territories with a Human Development Index of 0.674.

Chandigarh has two satellite cities (both of which share a border with it): Panchkula and Mohali.

Chandigarh has a sub-tropical continental monsoon climate characterized by a seasonal rhythm: hot summers, slightly cold winters, unreliable rainfall and great variation in temperature (0 C to 44 C).

As of 2001 India census, GRIndia Chandigarh had a population of 808,796, making for a density of about 7900 persons per square kilometre.

The city plan is laid down in a grid pattern. Divided into identical looking sectors, each sector measures 800 m x 1200 m.

The sectors were to act as self-sufficient neighborhoods, each with its own market, places of worship, schools and colleges - all within 10 minutes walking distance from within the sector.


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