Art and Culture of PatialaPatiala is a wonderful blend of religious and cultural life. It has an extremely rich and colorful Indian culture. Patiala has remained in the forefront in education field. From beautifully made monuments and forts to old Palaces of Indian maharajas to rich cuisines, to satisfy your tasting buds. The language which is mostly spoken in Patiala is Punjabi. Hindi and English are also spoken but only for official purpose.
With the passage of time, Patiala has a developed a culture of its own, known as, “Patialavi”culture. Patiala has also witnessed evolution of various styles of architecture. The roots of the architecture is inspired by the Rajput Style, its beauty, elegance. However, the design has been moulded according to the local taste.
Indian Classical music and Local Bhangra dance was encouraged in Patiala. Infact“The Patiala Gharana” a kind of Indian Classical music was originated here. Patiala gharana gave witnessed many talented musicians but one of the renowned musician of them was Ustad Ali Bux. Later on his sons, Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan and Ustad Akhtar Hussain Khan, became famous worldwide and brought glory to the Patiala Gharana.
Festivals in Patiala
The main festivals of Patiala is Diwali, Holi, Dushera, GurPurab, and Baisakhi. Baisakhi is the most important festival of all. Apart from these one more festival which is celebrated only in Patialais “Patiala Heritage Festival”.
It is an annual fair which is conceived and planned to showcase the art, music and sporting culture of the Royal Patiala. It is held every year in February. This event is organised not only for the people in Patiala but also for the entire state of Punjab and the region, which is a refreshing break for everyone around from their daily work.
The main attraction of the event is the CraftMela, which is held for fifteen days, at the Sheesh Mahal Art Gallery premises and more than 100 crafts persons participates in itacross India. These includes furniture, pottery, textiles, jewellery, woollens and innumerable handicraft items of all types and shapes.
Craft Mela in Patiala
Aside this, the Mela also has folk dances, rural entertainment and food stalls offering mouth-watering dishes.
One can find the antique collections and get an insight into the life of the Maharajas of Patiala, at Sheesh Mahal,which is a part of QilaMubarark. If interested in sports and arts and want to get an insight of both in Patiala, then it is worth going for an educational and recreational trip to National Institute of Sports and Art Gallery in MotiBagh Palace. Baradari Gardens is an interesting place to visit for kids as it has a zoo, and is also called as “Chattbir Zoo”. People who love shopping can drop into Phulakari Emporium in ChhotiBaradari (initiated and run by the State), for famous Phulkari work or Punjabi Juttis, which is a traditional footwear in the state.
Cuisine in PatialaWhen it comes to cuisine, the city is well known for its Makki-ki-roti and sarsonkasaag, but one can enjoy a variety of food from Punjabi food to Chinese, continental and Thai food as well here. Mutton dishes Tandoori are two of the most popular Punjabi food in the world. Among desserts Kulfi and RasMalai are the favourites in Patiala.
Patiala is famous for its Patiala Salwar, and is also worn as an alternative to the traditional Punjabi Salwar Suit. Patiala salwar with lots of pleats is also referred to as Patiala "Shahi"salwar since it was worn by the shahi (royal) people of the city. It is preferred by the women in Patiala due to its comfortability and durability in summers.
Theaters in PatialaTheaters are our escape to a life and world far away from the hustle and bustle of our busy lives. They give us an escape route and provide the all important and necessary break.
The famous theaters in Patiala are as below:
- SRS Cinemas
- Tagore Theatre
- Old Final Lecture Theatres
- National Theatre Arts Society Regd
A rich cultural hot spot, Patiala has a great history and tradition. The culture and art of the region provides immense opportunities for people to enjoy themselves and also acts as a binding factor for the community.
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