Chandigarh, a new city and lacking in some of the age-old cultural traditions, has acquired new ones and a few like the Chandigarh carnival and “Maha Moorkh Sammelan” are unique.
Chandigarh carnival is a three day long gala, organized by the Chandigarh administration to promote creativity and talent of the citizens. It provides a platform to children and senior citizens, to come forward and exhibit their talent. Various competitions like painting and clay modeling etc. are conducted. Pick and drop facilities for senior citizens ensure greater participation.
Many schools also come and take part in the carnival. Some of the major competitions held are clay modeling, painting, fancy dress, singing, sit-and -draw etc.
The Carnival starts with a gala parade where colorfully dressed revelers set the tone. One of the biggest features of this festival is that it arranges for pick up and drop facilities for the senior citizens, so that they do not face any inconvenience.
The 2009 edition comprised of 16 troupes from Jordan, Hungary and France showcasing their talent. Around 42 stalls were set up by NGOs to exhibit musical instruments, rare photographs, replicas of French architect Le Corbusier’s art works. The main entrance was in the shape of a guitar.
Cultural programme during Chandigarh Carnival 2008
In a land of festivities this is one ‘new age’ celebrations that merits mention. Chandigarh carnival is held every year in second week of November, immediately after Children’s Day (i.e 14th November). The venue for the same is Leisure valley in Sector 10, Chandigarh, India
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