A four-day Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav was organised by the Ministry of Culture, in association with the Department of Kannada and Culture, Government of Karnataka. The event was held at Kalagrama, Bengaluru. The Mahotsav was a fusion of crafts and folk-art forms and dance performances by over 600 tribal and folk artists from across the country. It was held from 5th March to 8th March 2017, having a various assortment of events.
The stage displayed the diversity of India and its culture with a large number of performers. Bestowed by various states in India, the dances had abundant genres like Kud dance, Sirmouri Naati, Punjabi, Haryanvi, Rathwa Adivasi Nrithya, Tarpa tribal dance, Teratal dance, Samai-Dekhani, Bahurupia, Tejaji, Aney-na dance, Bihu dance, warrior dance, Lai Haraoba dance, Jhinjhiya dance, Karma dance, Ghoomer/Panihari dance, Thadiya choufla, Karagam and Kavadi, Oppana/Thirvathara Kali, Lambadi, Pooja Kunitha, Goor Madiya, Koraku Nritya, Dappu Nritya, Dangir Gaja, Sambalpuri, Natwa, Raibansi, Qawwali, Bharatanatyam, Carnatic Vocal and Kathak. The stage came alive with these breathtaking performances.
India is known for its ethnicity. As far as art and culture are concerned, India features amongst the culturally rich countries in the world. Highly skilled artisans increased the fame of Indian handicrafts around the globe. Many rural people still earn their livelihood from their creative pieces of art. Innumerable artisans displayed their art and handicrafts in Kalagrama during Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav for the visitors. Handicraft stalls displayed in Kalagram are Kani Pashmina woolen shawls, Kinnauri / Kullu shawls, Punjabi Tilla Jutti, Phulkari, Sandalwood work, Jackets and bags made out of leather, tie and dye fabrics, sea-shell products, books, bead-work items, Bharat embroidery work, pottery, dry flower handicraft, Banarasi sarees, Lac Bangles, Jaipuri blankets, Rajasthani bedsheets, bamboo craft, coconut shell craft, Dhari craft, Lampshade craft, Loha shilp, Block-print, wooden toys, Kohlapuri Chappal, stone and wood carving products of Odisha Raghurajpur, Patachitra craft, etc.
Along with handicrafts from different states of India, people also enjoyed Indian food. It is versatile in taste and cooking methods. In Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav, a variety of mouthwatering dishes like Deshi Makki ki roti, Sarson ka saag, Rajasthani food, the cuisine of Bihar, Maharashtrian food, Jilebi, and other sweets were delighted the visitors.