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Gurgaon is the epicentre of NCR's cultural life

The Millennium City is fast emerging as the art and culture hub of the National Capital Region (NCR). Himabindu Reddy reports.

gurgaon Updated: Dec 28, 2012 01:38 IST
Himabindu Reddy

The Millennium City is fast emerging as the art and culture hub of the National Capital Region (NCR).

The city witnessed a slew of exhibitions, cultural events and theatre productions throughout the year. Gurgaon denizens thronged shows, stage performances, live concerts and festivities, making the most of every event.

Three major cultural hubs of the Millennium City - Epicenter, Kingdom of Dreams and Leisure Valley Ground - have enriched Gurgaon's cultural fabric.

In this fast developing city, there has been growing enthusiasm among people to participate in traditional events.

Vidyun Singh, programme director at Epicenter, said, "People are now getting over the mall culture and getting more inclined towards contemporary art forms and theatre."

"The city offers many options as compared to what it used to five years ago. There is a vast audience here that appreciates theatre and art," she said.

The year also saw international bands performing in Gurgaon - Korn, Lamb of God, Guns and Roses. Many artists like Adnan Sami, Shaan, Honey Singh, Anup Jalota etc also gave live performances.

With a major influx of migrant population, city residents also got a flavour of Aamchi Mumbai and Shonar Bangla.

Decorated pandals were set up on Durga Puja and Ganesh Chaturthi. These pandals are managed by independent communities - Maharashtrains, South Indians, Gujaratis, etc.

The Durga Puja pandals were theme-based and elaborately done. One was a replica of Belur Math, while another depicted the Bengali ethnicity. Scores of residents thronged the pandals, adding spirit to the festival.

The seeds of city's thriving culture life were sown in 2003, when a group "International Cultural Center" started the trend of cultural events, music and dance shows, debates etc.

The brain child was Vishnu Sahai (80). Talking to Hindustan Times, Sahai, said, "Happiness is within and not without. Culture gives happiness."

"Earlier, city residents did not have an option. They used to visit the India Habitat Center at New Delhi every weekend. Today, almost one event or the other is being held in every corner of Gurgaon," he added.

Viraf Sarkari, founder director of Kingdom of Dreams and Wizcraft International Entertainment, said, "People are the soul of the city. The year 2013 is just going to get better, but at the same time, it is necessary that the government also contributes in developing infrastructure that promotes culture."