Devotees dressed as Lord Krishna and Radha pose as they play with colours at a temple in Amritsar. AFP Photo/Narinder Nanu
Devotees crowd as they look at a deity of Lord Krishna while celebrating Holi, the festival of color, at the Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan. ...
Devotees smear color on each other while celebrating Holi at the Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan. AP Photo/Kevin Frayer
A student of Rabindra Bharati University applies coloured powder to a fellow student's face as they celebrate Holi, also known as the festival of colours ...
Students dance as they celebrate Vasantotsav, 'the Festival of Spring' in Kolkata. AFP Photo/Dibyangshu Sarkar
Children buy water pistols for Holi in Noida. HT Photo/Sunil Ghosh
A physically challenged boy looks on during celebrations to mark Holi at a school in Mumbai. AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade
Physically challenged child smiles as he celebrates Holi, with friends at a school in Mumbai. AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade
Physically challenged children celebrate Holi at a school in Mumbai. AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade
Students of Rabindra Bharati University play Holi with foreign tourists at Jorasanko Thakurbari in Kolkata. PTI Photo/Ashok Bhaumik
Holi parties this year will get more extravagant with budgets running into lakhs.
“70 artists and bands will take part in our celebrations. Some of them have been flown in from Berlin, Switzerland and Scotland. So, while the first edition of our Holi Cow festival cost Rs10 lakh, this year the budget is close to R50 lakh,” says Raul Chandra, Curator of the Holi Cow party at NH8, Dwarka Link Road.
“We have two international artists – Talamasca and Neuromotor, performing at our Holi party. The budget is somehwere between Rs 22-25lakh,” says Gaurav Mohan, who
organises ‘Rang’ at Chhattarpur.
The décor and food at these bashes are also lavish. “Our party has a Rajasthani theme, an elaborate menu and DJs too. We have spent around R30 lakhs on it,” says Vikram Bhalla, GM Tivoli Garden at Chhattarpur.