Agra: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav is scheduled to inaugurate 'Taj Mahotsava', the annual art, culture and cuisine festival held at Shilpagram (artisans village) one km east of the Taj, on February 19.

The date of the inauguration has been shifted by a day for the convenience of the Chief Minister, who was unable to come on the scheduled date of February 18.

The ten-day extravaganza that showcases diverse cultures of the country is yet to decide this year's theme. Unlike earlier years, this time no cine stars are coming to give their performances at the festival.

However, ghazal singer Richa Sharma will perform on the night of February 27, while comedians Kapil Sharma and Sanobar Kabir will tickle the audience's funny bone on the opening night of February 19.

On February 20, Geeta Chandran will give a Bharat Natyam performance, while on the 21st, Vijay Kapoor will render his ghazals, and Kalabhusan will perform an Odisi dance.

On the 22nd there will be Manipuri dance, and Punjabi pop by Jasvinder Narula. Ravishankar will perform Kathak along with Mataprasad Misra on February 23. In the night, singers Vishakh Jyoti and Rini Chandra will perform.

On the 24th, Teejan Bai will perform Pandayani singing while on the 25th there will be Rajasthani and Uttarakhand folk songs. February 26 will be Bhojpuri evening while on the Monday night, February 28, singers Nizami brothers will perform.

(Agencies)

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