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Basant Mahotsav (Spring Festival) 2018, Gujarat, India.

Entry gate for Basant Mahotsav 2018, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India
Basant Mahotsav 2018, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India

Basant Mahotsav also referred as “Spring Fest” as it celebrates the joyous spirit associated with the onset of spring. It is celebrated every year in the month of February with much enthusiasm. This unique annual cultural event has named ‘Sanskruti Kunj Fair’ and the venue of the fair is- Indroda village near Sarita Udhyan, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India. The fair spans for ten days and mainly showcases crafts and cultural dance & music of various states spread across the length and breadth of India. It started on February 24, 2018, and ended on  March  11, 2018.

Exhibition ground. Sanskruti Kunj, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India.
Craft and Artwork Fair Exhibition Ground, Sanskruti Kunj, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India.

Artist showcasing his talent, spreading the message of environmental change through his colourful art. @ Fairground, Sanskruti Kunj, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India. @traxplorers.com
Artist showcasing his talent, spreading the message of environmental change through his colourful art. @ Fairground, Sanskruti Kunj, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India.

What does ‘Sanskruti Kunj’ stands for?

This name is actually a combination of two words; ‘Sanskruti’ means ‘culture’ and ‘Kunj’ means ‘hub’. So, basically, this festival portrays a spectacular ‘Cultural Hub’ set up of India.

How to reach Sanskruti Kunj?

  • Take a flight to Ahmedabad’s Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport. The airport lies nearest to the city of Gandhinagar.
  • By train you can reach Ahmedabad station, is the nearest railhead to Gandhinagar.
  • Those who wish to travel by road may take buses from any other city of Gujarat. There are National Highways like NH 8C and NH 8A connecting Gandhinagar to cities of some neighbouring states.
  • Once you reach Gandhinagar, then you can hire a cab and reach the site easily. There is no big issue of locating the venue.

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The Village set up

There is a composite craft village set up under the initiative of state cultural department. The venue of the fair is located along the banks of River Sabarmati and has an area of about 12 hectares. The area bears a landscaped stage which has a tri-directional sitting arrangement for the audience who visit the fair in the evening for the cultural program.

Things to expect at Sanskruti Kunj Fair:

Day Time Activities

For daytime, there was crafts and artwork exhibition organized in a fairground. Do some prior research on goods being sold there in the fair. And of course, don’t forget to bargain in order to buy the goods at the best price. Some artists also flock in there to showcase their art like we saw colourful painting drawn with dry colours (Rangoli colours) giving a message about environmental change. Along with there were plenty of Gujarati food shops/stalls arranged for foodies. Don’t forget to have the taste of Gujarati street food like Khakra, samosa, Khaman dhokla, kulfi, chat, dal vada etc.

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Night time Activities

The cultural program of dance and music started at 7:30 pm every evening across ten days during the fest. Each night the fair hosted a different and unique line-up of performers coming from various states of India. We enjoyed the spectacular performances of folk dance and music from around 10 states namely- Kashmir, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Assam, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Goa.

The cultural performances include:

  1. Rouf Dance of Kashmir
  2. Punjabi Bhangra
  3. Chari Dance of Uttar Pradesh
  4. Bihu of Assam
  5. Lai Haraoba Folk Dance of Manipur
  6. Kalbeliya Dance of Rajasthan
  7. Bhagoria Dance of Madhya Pradesh
  8. Garba of Gujarat
  9. Dhangari Gaja Dance of Maharashtra
  10. Kunbi Dance of Goa
  11. Holi Dance from tribal Gujarat

There were the best light and sound arrangement. So, we enjoyed the show uninterrupted. One should reach before time in order to avoid pushing and jostling amid a crowd. The entry for visitors started from 2 pm till 10 pm to the fair.

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Kashmiri women performing 'Rouf Dance' @traxplorers.com
Kashmiri women performing 'Rouf Dance' at Sanskruti Kunj, Gujarat, India.

Punjabi 'Bhangra' @ Spring Fest 2018, Sanskruti Kunj, Gujarat @traxplorers.com
Punjabi 'Bhangra' at Sanskruti Kunj, Gujarat, India.

'Chari dance ' of Uttar Pradesh at Sanskruti Kunj, Gujarat @traxplorers.com
'Chari dance ' of Uttar Pradesh at Sanskruti Kunj, Gujarat, India.

'Bhagoria dance' of Madhya Pradesh at Sanskruti Kunj, Gujarat, India. @traxplorers.com
'Bhagoria dance' of Madhya Pradesh at Sanskruti Kunj, Gujarat, India.

'Lai Haraoba folk dance' of Manipur at Sanskruti Kunj, Gujarat, India. @traxplorers.com
'Lai Haraoba folk dance' of Manipur at Sanskruti Kunj, Gujarat, India.

'Bihu Dance' of Assam at Sanskruti Kunj, Gujarat, India. @traxplorers.com
'Bihu Dance' of Assam at Sanskruti Kunj, Gujarat, India.

'Kalbeliya Dance' of Rajasthan at Sanskruti Kunj, Gujarat, India. @traxplorers.com
'Kalbeliya Dance' of Rajasthan at Sanskruti Kunj, Gujarat, India.

'Garba ' of Gujarat at Sanskruti Kunj, Gujarat, India. @traxplorers.com
'Garba ' of Gujarat at Sanskruti Kunj, Gujarat, India.

'Dhangari Gaja Dance' of Maharashtra at Sanskruti Kunj, Gujarat, India. @traxplorers.com
'Dhangari Gaja Dance' of Maharashtra at Sanskruti Kunj, Gujarat, India.

'Kunbi Dance' of Goa at Sanskruti Kunj, Gujarat, India. @traxplorers.com
'Kunbi Dance' of Goa at Sanskruti Kunj, Gujarat, India.

Holi Dance of Tribal Gujarat at Sanskruti Kunj, Gujarat, India. @traxplorers.com
Holi Dance of Tribal Gujarat at Sanskruti Kunj, Gujarat, India.

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Travel Tips:

  • Do some prior research about prices of goods sold at the fair.
  • Be present at the fair in time for the cultural program.
  • Don’t forget to have the lip-smacking taste of Gujarati street food.
  • Don’t forget to carry a camera as you don’t want to miss the highlights of the show.

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