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March 1, 2010

Taj Festival ends with Bollywood dance performances

     Agra: Bollywood actors presented a vibrant choreographed dance on the last day of the annual 10-day Taj Festival in Agra. Bollywood actors Kim Sharma, Preeti Jhangiani, Sanobar Kabir and Meghna Naidu set the stage afire with a host of others celebrities. Hundreds of tourists flocked in to witness the stellar dance shows on Bollywood numbers presented by actors on the last day of the 'Taj Mahotsav'. Dharmendra Soni, an Indian tourist said, "This is a very good event in itself. Agra is famous not only in India but worldwide because Taj Mahal is a symbol of love. So tourists from across the globe visit Agra during the festival." The Taj Mahotsav, a much-awaited event, has been described as a festive introduction to India and its northern state Uttar Pradesh. "I enjoyed this programme very much, actually I have come for this party. I have looked upon the Internet, the festival Taj Mahotsav, and have come to see the last two days," opined Maria, a foreign tourist. This festival showcases the country's extensive arts, crafts and culture besides folk music, and classical dance performances, and it also offers a variety of entertainment including elephant and camel rides, games, apart from a food fest to satiate the gourmets. Besides hosting the Taj Festival, the organisers are now planning to offer another attractive event during the Commonwealth Games to be held in New Delhi in October. The main venue of the cultural extravaganza, 'Shilpgram', literally meaning the village of artisans, is set in the backdrop of the magnificent Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world. It was at the Shilpgram where artisans, who built the Taj, lived. Constructed entirely of white marble, the Taj Mahal was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between 1630 and 1648. According to historians, the emperor consulted experts from the Middle East and Europe as he planned the monument, which took 20,000 people and over 22 years to build.
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