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Culture of Nagpur

Nagpur culture and society is known for its rhythm and festivities. People from all across Indian states and from the world’s major faiths are living over in Nagpur, enjoying festivities with regards to every religion and community. It does witnesses peace and calmness even if there are communal riots or conflicts across India. Throughout the year, there are lots of events which are hosted in Nagpur.

It is rich with cultural and literary societies which includes Vidarbha Sahitya Sangh (which is used for developing Marathi), Vidarbha Hindi Sahitya Sammelan (for promoting Hindi), Vidarbha Rashtrabhasha Prachar Samiti (used for spreading and promoting Hindi) and many more. The Marathi Sahitya Sammelan, were conducted twice at Nagpur, which helped in empowering the Marathi Literature.

Orange City Nagpur
A procession during Ganpati visarjan

There are large numbers of cultural events which are conducted in this beautiful and fun loving city, like Orange city crafts Mela and some folk dance festivals. Vidarbha is well known location for noted folk dances like Karma Dance, Tamasa and Hadga or Bhondla and folk songs which need special references over here like - Lavani, Bhaleri, Lalita, Gondhal, Bhajan, Povada songs and many more. In addition, the Government of Maharashtra takes pride in organizing a week long Kalidas festival - which includes series of dances and songs performances by professional artists of national fame. There are wide ranges of newspapers which are published from Nagpur and are in different languages like English, Hindi and Marathi.

People of Nagpur, belongs to different religious communities and do enjoy the festivities within the territory of Nagpur. It seems that there is unity in diversity with people of different religion like Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Jainism and Buddhism’s. Every festivity over here is celebrated with great pomp and show and they do believe in following the traditional custom in Nagpur and have maintained it till now. Ram Navami starts with a Shobha Yatra, with large numbers of floats depicting numerous events from Ramayana.

 Nagpur is famously called the land of oranges
Orange harvesting in Nagpur

Diwali and Dussera are celebrated with great fervour and enthusiasm. Processions are also carried out in famous festivals of different religions like Vijaya Dashami, Eid E Milad, Mahavir Jayanti, Guru Nanak Jayanti, Ganesh Chaturthi and Moharram.

Due to togetherness with regards to religions, Nagpur emerges as a cosmopolitan district of Maharashtra. People have kept alive the “Marbat” processions-which is one of the tradition in Nagpur which is organized to handle the social evils and throw them out from their localities.  All the people are dressed in traditional attire and then men are responsible for carrying idols of clay of their deities which are daubed in black and yellow and do chant “Ida, Pida gheun jaa ge marbat” (which means that take away the social evils and human mistakes along with miseries).

They follow the procession after their women’s have worshiped the idols. The tradition of taking out the processions occurs after the festival of bullock. While the “Kali Marbat” is representing Bhonsla queen Bankabai who was surrendered to British power. Originally the “Pivli Marbat”, symbolized atrocities of rulers of British and in current scenario it stands for social evils prevailing to epidemics and corruptions.

As far clothing goes, there's no particular traditional attire in Nagpur, except the Marathi local ones.

Nagpur is also the home to two powerful national houses – one is NADT (National Academy of Direct Taxes) where officers of revenue services are trained and other is the well disciplined and trained cadets of NADP (National Academy of Defence production) where the officers of ordnance factory are trained.

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