Culture of Bhilai
Bhilai is an important city in the Chhattisgarh city of central India. It is a city that symbolizes the rich and varied culture of India. The culture of Bhilai is fascinating and captivating. It tells us about the people of the place, their lifestyle and their beliefs. The festivals, the events, the attractions, all reflect the culture of Bhilai in one way or the other.
Festivals in Bhilai
Various colourful festivals are celebrated in Bhilai with great fervor and enthusiasm. These festivals are a manifestation of the rich culture and religious unity. Among the festivals, Hareli is hugely popular. It is a colorful festival celebrated during the monsoon. Through this festival, the people pray for bountiful crops and blessings of the God.
Religions in Bhilai
Bhilai is renowned for its multicultural and diverse population. Apart from Hindus, there are Muslims, Jains, Christians, Sikhs etc. Religious harmony is a striking feature of this beautiful city. People from different parts of the country have settled here. Bhilai also boasts of high levels of linguistic and religious unity, which can be attributed to the simplicity and hospitality of the people in Bhilai. The religious harmony between the people here is something everyone must follow. People belonging to various religious backgrounds and tribes live together in Bhilai, setting an example of ‘Unity in Diversity’.
Art Galleries in Bhilai
For the art lovers in Bhilai, a perfect option to unwind and relax themselves would be visiting the Nehru Art Gallery in the Civic Center in Bhilai. Ranging from local art to collections of eminent artists, this gallery showcases a wide variety of exquisite artistic collections and exhibitions are also held from time to time. Various social issues like traffic safety awareness and health awareness are taken up and exhibitions are held here, to bring about social awareness.
Languages in Bhilai
Costumes of Bhilai
Folk Songs and Dance forms
Bhilai is famous for its variety of traditional folk songs as well as various dance forms. The folk songs and dances are a portrayal of the rich cultural, religious and social beliefs of the people. The Sohar song related to childbirth, Bihav song as a part of marriage celebration, and Pathoni song marking the departure of bride to groom’s place, generally sung by elderly women to mark various occasions are essential parts of Bhilai’s quintessential culture.
Other seasonal and festival-related folk songs include Faag, Baramasi, Sawnahi, Cher-Chera, Sua etc. Raut Nacha (folk dance of cow herds), Panthi and Soowa dances are quite popular among the people here.
Thus, the cosmopolitan culture and the ‘unity in diversity’ exhibited in Bhilai are manifestations of the essence of its true Indianness. From heart pleasing greenery to multi-ethnicity and serene happiness, this Mini- India has it all. It is and will remain a favorite among the tourists, who wish to explore the rich and varied Indian culture.