Delhi’s first monsoon festival, called the Mehrauli Monsoon Festival, is happening this weekend and we’re super stoked to soak in Delhi’s rich culture at one of its most prominent historical sites: MEHRAULI: The Historical Town
Being organised by Delhi Tourism, in collaboration with Sahitya Kala Parishad and INTACH, the festival will feature heritage walks, creative workshops, art exhibitions, folk dance, qawwali, and classical music performances, and a Bollywood music performance by Javed Ali. You can also sample Delhi’s food at the numerous food stalls that are being set up at the festival.
The festival has three venues: Jahaaz Mahal, Aam Bagh, and Jharna. All the venues are historical, Mughal-era sites and are located within walking distance of each other. We suggest that you ditch your cars and take the metro to reach here. Chhatarpur is the closest metro station.
The Mehrauli Monsoon Festival, organised by Delhi Travel and Tourism Development Corporation (DTTDC) in association with the Government of Delhi, begins today.
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia will inaugurate it at 6:30pm.
Cultural events will be held at three venues in Mehrauli park – Aam Bagh, Jahaaz Mahal and Jharna. Aam Bagh will showcase local and folk-art forms and also host a vibrant mela with stalls serving dishes native to the capital and surrounding states.
The Jahaaz Mahal will host musical concerts, while heritage and ecological walks and painting/sculpting workshops will be held at Jharna.
Through five walks, you can explore the village and its traditional water bodies. These will be conducted by Delhi-based startup Darwesh, Delhi by Foot and Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage.
“Mehrauli is a historically and architecturally rich area. A large number of big and small monuments are scattered all over the park. Through this festival we aim to bring forth the uniqueness of this place,” says DTTDC chief manager Sudhir Sobti.
“We hope we are able to revive the ancient tradition of visiting Mehrauli during the monsoon season,” he adds.
The three-day festival will witness a stellar line-up of artistes, including Kathak exponent Rani Khanam, sufi and ghazal singer Indira Nayak, Bollywood playback singer Javed Ali, Qawwals Qutbi Brothers, Hindustani classical music vocalist Shashwati Mondal and classical singer Kashish Mittal
“Along with the performances, workshops on painting, sculptures and ecology will also be held on each of the days to engage visitors and enable a better understanding of our rich artistic lineage. To facilitate visitors, a free shuttle service is being provided from Chhattarpur Metro Station to the venue and back,” says Sobti.
The oldest of the seven cities, Mehrauli has retained its individual identity through the ages. It is the place where well-known astronomer Varahamihira once lived.
It was a place where members of royal families frequently visited during the monsoon to enjoy its lush green beauty and mango orchards.