Namma Bengaluru is not just an identity but an emotion. The 3rd largest city in India is renowned for its tech culture but what it is also known for are its culture and traditions. The city is not just home to native communities but several communities that reside within.
While being modern in its outlook, the city holds its traditional values and cultures that help give the city its flavour. When the pandemic took its place, everything took pause. But 2022 saw the pandemic easing down and a lot of events and festivals saw a comeback. It’s 2023 and the organizers are looking forward to the year already.
Here are a few Festivents you need to look forward to…
1. Chitra Santhe
The 20th edition of ‘Chitra Santhe’, Bengaluru’s very own art fair hosted by the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, is set for January 8. The event is expecting 1,300 participants from all over the country this year. Professional and amateur artists of any age group are allowed to exhibit their artworks. Its motto is ‘An artwork from each home’.
2. Karaga Festival
The festival is celebrated around March-April, it is one of the oldest and most important festivals to be celebrated in Bangalore. The festival is celebrated in the name of Goddess Shakti, and the celebrations last for nine days. Karaga is an earthen pot in which Goddess Shakti is said to reside. Karaga is beautifully decorated and is carried on the head without any support. The processions start from Dharmarayaswamy temple at midnight and are led by the men.
3. Avarekai Mela
The annual Avarekai Mela held in VV Puram. For those who don’t know, avarekai is hyacinth beans or flat beans and is easily the city’s favourite food. The event, organised by Geetha Shivakumar of Sri Vasavi Condiments, sees over 200 farmers from Magadi, Kolar and other nearby places retail piles of fresh, farm-sourced avarekai. The event is usually for around 18 days. There have been no announcements yet on the dates of the event.
4. Lalbagh Flower Show
This event is held on the occasions of Republic Day and Independence Day. This event is famous across cities that see the variety of flowers on display. The event is conducted in partnership between Lalbagh and Mysore Horticulture Society. The event is based on different themes.
The festival scheduled on September 23rd is held at various venues around the city like Bharatiya Vidya Bhava, National grounds, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Seva Sadan, etc. The event is open to all. Artists from around the world come together and add soul to the celebrations with their performances like dances, music and drama. Khadi and crafts exhibitions are also part of the event. With sports like Cricket, Golf, etc., extending their prestige at the event.
6. Kadalekai Parishe (Groundnut Festival)
The Kadalekai Parishe is a festival that celebrates the first groundnut crop of the entire year. Held at Bull Temple, this festival witnessed a mass audience with the entire place being lit by more than 1 lakh lamps. A large number of people visit the place to buy a variety of groundnuts. It has various stalls selling bangles, traditional toys, trinkets made of clay, coloured sodas and Mehendi Tattoos. This festival takes place every year in November.
After 2 years, these festivals are making a comeback to the city and for those who haven’t been part of the city culture yet, it’s your time to plan your schedule and keep yourself free to be part of the authentic Bengalurean vibe.