MUSSOORIE, Dec 25
She looked perfect. First the dreamy sunset and then the fairy lights at night adding to her charm. Mussoorie basked in all the glory of the first day of the fifth Winterline Carnival.
The five day carnival started with what has now become a tradition, a cultural parade that reflects the culture of various parts of Uttarakhand. The colourful procession with men and women dressed in their traditional clothes and jewellery danced and performed through their long parade from Landour’s Survey Ground to Library Chowk.
Inaugurating the carnival Education Minister Dhan Singh Rawat said he hoped the carnival will help bring more tourists to the town and state in turn. “The state got 19 lakh tourists and we want to see that number go to 50 lakhs in a few years.”
Speaking at the inauguration, DM, S.A. Murugesan said, “We have included a variety of programmes for all age groups. The idea is to entertain everyone and give taste of the rich culture of the state of Uttarakhand.”
Befitting the first day celebration, the legendary Jagar singer Padma Shri Basanti Bisht gave the audience a spellbinding performance.
Jagar is a traditional form of singing (done by men), to invoke deities. As the night progressed, Bisht’s voice showed why she could break this male bastion.
The night ended with a play on Uttarakhand’s legendary warrior Madho Singh Bhandari by Parvatiya Natya Manch.
The next four days will see a number of concerts, walks and exhibitions besides an Uttarakhandi food festival.
“I am definitely looking forward to seeing some traditional performances” said Siddhartha Singh, tourist from Mumbai.