Galaxy of stars to enthrall audience at Taj Mahotsava

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Agra, Feb 16 (UNI) A galaxy of stars would add magic to the annual Taj Mahotsava, starting from February 18.

Gulam Ali, the numero-uno of the ghazal world, who enthralled the audience both in India and Pakistan for almost four decades now, would once again give a welcome respite from the raucous bhangra dhols and the inanity of Indipop at the Mahotsava on February 19.

The next day, noted singer Atif will rock millions of hearts at the 16th Taj Mahotsava -- 2008 by his silken voice.

Popular singer Kunal Ganjawala, who shot to limelight overnight after 'Bheege Honth Tere' in Murder, will entrance fans on February 23. The entire area would be echoed by 'Its the time to disco' when 'Hey Ram' fame actress and singer Vasundhara Das would accompany Kunal.

According to Taj Mahotsava organising committee president and divisional commissioner Sitaram Meena to mesmerise the audience, efforts are on to invite big names of Bollywood in the annual event.

Famous Singer Asha Bhonsle and singer turned actor Sunu Nigam top the list.

The Taj Mahotsava at Agra is a culturally vibrant platform that brings together the finest Indian crafts and Cultural nuances. It is a festive introduction to Agra and UP conducted by the state tourism.

While, Taj City is renowned for it's breathtaking, centuries old monuments, UP is rich in heritage of arts, crafts and culture.

The festivities commence with a spectacular procession inspired by Mughal splendour. Bedecked elephants and camels, drum beaters, folk artists and master craftsmen all help to recreate a visual delight reminiscent of the golden era of the Mughal Darbars. There also will be a food festival with exotic cuisines and delicacies.

The craft Mela exhibits exquisite crafts like marble inlays, wood carvings from Saharanpur, brass and other metal ware from Moradabad, handmade carpets of Badohi, the blue pottery of Khurja, the Chikan work of Lucknow and Banarasi silk.

One can also experience a profusion of folk music and dances of Dundelkhand, 'Nautanki' (Drama), 'Sapera' dance of Rajasthan, Lavani of Maharashtra shayari (poetry), and classical dance performances as well as elephant and camel rides and games.

The event would be inaugurated by UP Governor T V Rajeswar on Monday.

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