Mehrauli Monsoon Festival
30 August-01 September 2019
Day 1 of Mehrauli Monsoon Festival: Delhi celebrates its Heritage with a Hearty Monsoon Spirit
New Delhi, August 30, 2019: Celebrating the cultural diversity of Mehrauli, Delhi Tourism’s first of its kind, ‘Mehrauli Monsoon Festival’, organised in association with Govt. of Delhi, began today on a vibrant and enthusiastic note. The festival was inaugurated by Sh. Manish Sisodia, Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister, Govt. of Delhi in the presence of Sh. Naresh Yadav, MLA, Mehrauli; Ms. Manisha Saxena, Secretary (Tourism), Govt. of Delhi; Sh. D. Varma, General Manager, Delhi Tourism among other officials of the government.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Hon’ble Dy. Chief Minister stated, “I am pleased to launch Mehrauli Monsoon Festival organised by the Delhi Government. We hope it will help promote Mehrauli as a destination for locals and travellers and in-turn give an opportunity for visitors to explore the layered history of Delhi’s oldest surviving habitation. Mehrauli was considered to be Delhi’s monsoon retreat. I urge all Delhiites to celebrate the season in this historic location, exploring its rich culture, ecology and heritage.”
Delhi Tourism in association with Govt. of Delhi through the Mehrauli Monsoon Festival seeks to highlight the cultural & ecological significance of Mehrauli as a tourist destination. The three day festival will showcase multiple workshops, heritage walks and cultural performances among other activities across three venues – Aam Bagh, Jahaz Mahal and Jharna.
The first day saw soulful performances by Qawwali Singers- Qutbi Brothers, Kathak Artist-Rani Khanam & Group and other cultural artists by Sahitya Kala Parishad. A special heritage walk organized by history enthusiast Darwesh took curious Delhiites on a journey through old lanes of Mehrauli. Many visitors thronged to the three venues to witness Delhi’s history come alive.
The weekend will witness a stellar line-up of artists such as Javed Ali, alongside Folk and Classical dance performances. Spread over three core venues in Mehrauli village, the Aam Bagh will showcase local and folk-art forms and host a vibrant Mela, proffering a myriad of dishes and stalls native to the Capital and surrounding States. The Jahaz Mahal is the hub of musical concerts whereas the Jharna will house workshops for visitors. The complete line up of events is as follows:
Workshops on painting, sculptures and ecology will be held every day for the duration of the festival to engage visitors and enable a better understanding of our rich artistic lineage. With Mehrauli Monsoon festival, Delhi Tourism, Govt. of Delhi intends to let the visitors appreciate and cherish the cultural richness of spaces like Mehrauli Village and widen the perspective of Delhi housing only a specific known set of monuments.
To facilitate visitors, free shuttle service is being provided from Chattarpur Metro Station to the venue and back.