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Festive fervour in the air

Today, as northern India celebrates Baisakhi, the Capital, which is often regarded as the melting pot of diverse cultures, will also celebrate the beginning of the New Year of four other Indian states.

art and culture Updated: Apr 13, 2012 01:28 IST
Debasmita Ghosh

Today, as northern India celebrates Baisakhi, the Capital, which is often regarded as the melting pot of diverse cultures, will also celebrate the beginning of the New Year of four other Indian states — Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam and West Bengal — over today and tomorrow. If you belong to any of these states, and are missing home, fret not, as you can enjoy a host of fun events, right here.

Baisakhi
Baisakhi is a harvest festival that’s celebrated across North India, especially in Punjab. Among the various celebrations, you can head to the Pacific Mall, Tagore Gardens, which has created a Punjabi village, complete with bullock carts. Here, you can also enjoy a live Bhangra performance today from 4pm to 6pm. Entry is free.

Tamil New Year
To enjoy the authentic fervour of Tamil Nadu, you can head to the Delhi Tamil Sangam at RK Puram. “Today is the beginning of the first month, Chitirai, of the Tamil year, so we’ve organised a musical evening on April 15,” says Ramesh of the organisation. “Renowned singer Rajaram from Chennai will perform popular numbers from Tamil films, 6.30pm onwards on Sunday,” says Ramesh. Entry is free.

Vishu
If you are planning to celebrate the Kerala New Year (the new financial year), then head to the Delhi Malayalee Association’s cultural fest tomorrow, April 14. “Our cultural event at the Mavalankar auditorium in Rafi Marg will showcase musical performances and a comedy show in Malayalam, featuring comedians from Mollywood,” says S Unnikrishnan, secretary of the association. The event, starts at 5.30pm. Entry is free.

Poila Boisakh
If you want to soak in some authentic festivities, tomorrow, the first day of the first Bengali month, Boisakh, head to the CR Park Kalimandir Society. “Apart from a lavish lunch, our cultural evening, Rongberonger Bangla, will start from 7.30pm, featuring dance performances on Bengali songs, recitation, and a small skit,” says Shanti Majumdar of the Kalimandir Society.

Bihu
Tomorrow is also Rongila Bihu that celebrates the onset of the Assamese New Year. “To mark this, there’ll be a vibrant Bihu dance competition on Sunday at Dilli Haat, 4pm onwards,” says Abhijeet Hazarika of Assam Delhi Association.

Unity in diversity
To get a glimpse of Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and West Bengal under one roof, you can visit the Ice Age Skating Café in Moments Mall, Kirti Nagar, which will play popular musical numbers from the states. If you want to learn the dance forms of the four states, you can enroll at Aarambh, a dance workshop by Richa Gupta, at B-7/23, Market complex, Safdarjung Enclave. Tel: 9811264284, 09810083273. Enrolment fee: Rs3,000