India’s 9 Coolest Cultural Festivals

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7. Prithvi Theatre Festival

In Mumbai’s Maharashtra district, Prithvi Theatre Festival is a huge event, one that begins in the first week of November. Started by one of Bollywood’s most popular actors, Prithviraj Kapoor, this event honors the finest of performing arts and promotes and nurtures the most impressive talent going. In the past, one of the most unique aspects of the festival is the Fringe Theater, where experimental performances are performed in front of smaller audiences. There are acoustic jam sessions, and a program called Stage Talk, where actors reminisce about some of their most interesting experiences. If you’re a stage show buff or just enjoy the odd theater piece, this festival is well worth attending, even if just for one show.

6. Hornbill Festival

The Hornbill Festival in Nagaland is a premier cultural festival which was started by the Indian government to encourage and promote interaction between separate tribes and to boost the state’s cultural heritage. The cultural displays at this festival are wondrous and a solid introduction to India’s many unique traditions. Nagaland, situated in India’s northeast region, borders Burma, Asam, Arunchal Pradesh and Manipur, and boasts lush hills and mountains, small traditional villages, and scenic rice terraces within one of India’s smallest states. There are 16 major tribes in Nagaland, all of whom take part in the Hornbill Festival in Naga Heritage Village, less than 10 kilometers from the capital of Kohima. Major food events, ceremonies, crafts markets, and dynamic performances are part of the celebration. On display are some incredible local arts including wood carvings, painting, and sculptures. Herbal medicine stalls are a big favorite as is the Naga wrestling and music concerts.

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