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Mumbai?s festive season to peak this January

Central and State tourism departments will launch the ?Maharashtra Mazha? festival to boost the state?s tourism potential.

india Updated: Jan 11, 2007 23:47 IST

From January 15 to January 26, 2007, Ground number 1 at Bandra Reclamation will be a window into the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of Maharashtra and the rest of India.

If the capital’s Suraj Kund mela fascinated you then your own state is now giving you a chance to re-live a similar experience right here, in Mumbai, at the 12-day Maharashtra Mazha festival.

Organised by the Maharastra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) in association with the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and Maharashtra, Development Commissioner for Handlooms, Commissioner Development (Handicrafts) and the Mumbai Festival this event promises to be a cultural bonanza, which will showcase tourist destinations in Maharashtra, its cuisine and its local art and craft. National and state-level awardees from various creative fields will exhibit their talent.

The organisers also hope to rope in famous faces of Maharashtra from Bollywood, sport, art and entertainment.

“Last year Maharashtra was a participating state in the Suraj Kund mela. The Ministry of Tourism is of the opinion that all metros should have such festivals. The ministry has asked MTDC to take up this challenge in Maharashtra,” Abhay Yawalkar, joint managing director, MTDC, told HT.

The festival will be an annual event and will be hosted at a permanent exhibition centre that the MTDC and Film City are in the process of creating at Film City, Goregaon.

Though Maharashtra will be at its center, the festival has also invited participation from other states, including Goa, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

The festival will be a part of the Mumbai Festival, which involves various events revolving around theatre, music, art and food, and is spread across the city. This is the first such attempt to promote Maharashtra as a tourist destination.

First Published: Jan 11, 2007 23:47 IST