Rann Mahotsav presents one with an enthralling unification of salt desert culture; peeping from the folds of a semi-arid landscape. The mesmerising beauty of classical trance while one see in midst of camel and fire, the twirling of silver-bangled tribal women, outfitted in layers of hand-embroidered appliqué lehengas. One can also see the rhythmic dance and the turbaned, moustachioed men in loin clothes and short skirts, heads bent and swaying as they play their goatskin drums with religious and societal passion.
The dance of the tribal woman, the children and the moustachioed men in loin clothes and the desert music with Sarangi, Khartaal and Nagphani all come together on the salt desert of Rann to make a perfect Rann Mahotsava.
The assortment of exquisite luxury and music which is set against the luminous beauty of Kutch allures the national and international tourists. The full-moon night during Rann Utsav, the entire area wakes to an incessant series of Indian traditional and modern dance, music, art and craft in a festivity. This is the best time to visit Kutch, when the region brims with hospitality, vigour, magic and mythical flavour of Rann.
This is no doubt a wintry cultural extravaganza that travels to different parts of Kutch region of Gujarat. The fair is organised by the Tourism Department of Gujarat that holds a kaleidoscope to a variety of art forms of western India that reflect and capture the uniqueness of the region. The tourists from across the world flocked to the fair and returned home with a bagful of memories that are certain to last a lifetime.
Rann Mahotsav is a plethora of varied hues, abundance of design, glut of culture, profusion of music and dance; with all together in the arid lands of Kutch creates a mosaic of uniqueness, which reflects the identity and spirit of the region. Kutch is one of the most ecologically and ethnically diverse district of the state of Gujarat. It is a celebratory land of art, crafts, music, dance, people and nature. The nights in winters are amidst the awe-inspiring and contrasting landscape. Each year a three day festive extravaganza brimming with hospitality, vigour and traditional flavour of the area takes place.
This three to four day celebration organized for the locales within Kutch takes one around the natural ostentatious while introducing the visitor to the indigenous cultural and ethnical flavour of the Kutch people. The semi parched grasslands of the Banni hosts the most superb display of vernacular cultural expression as the exhibition acts as a platform for the diverse range of arts and crafts of the region. A collection of folk music and dance performances organized in the iridescent moonlit scenery provides the most charming experience. The colourful fair held near the beach of Kutch or the banks of a lake swings one with the spirit of festivity, fervour and flamboyancy while the organized tour around Kutch is an ideal occasion to be part of the region and experience the enthusiasm and uniqueness of the people through a celebration.
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