To promote the local traditions and incorporate them into tourism industry, the Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan in association with Bharatpur district administration has organised a two-day Braj Holi Festival. The event was held at Bharatpur, Deeg and Kaman. The entire Bharatpur was absorbed into the ecstasy during this festival.
The district administration conducted a nature walk for children, bird fair, photography exhibition and a seminar at the Keoladeo National Park. Rajasthani folk artists performed at the Udyog Mela, Gramin Haat in the evening. Renowned singer, Anuradha Paudwal with some of her songs like Ajeeb Dastan, Dil hai ki manta nahi and many more enthralled the audience at a mega evening concert, organised at the MSJ College Ground in Bharatpur.
On 1 March, various rural sport competitions like kabaddi, cricket match, Indian wrestling and tug-of-war were organised at Lohagarh Stadium. Similarly, at Deeg, Rajasthani folk artists performed during the day with the spray of water from the fountains. Later, the well known ‘Shree Krishna Dance Ballet’ was performed by the Delhi-based Shree Ram Kala Kendra.
At Kaman, various Holi festivals like Gulal Holi, Doodh-Dahi Holi, Laddu Holi, Phoolon ki Holi and Latthmar Holi were organised at Gokul Chandramaji temple, Madan Mohanji Temple, Radha Vallabhji, while Rajasthani folk artists performed at different bazaars throughout the day. At Kot Upar Stadium, Kaman, artists performed at Maharaas which was the centre of attraction for the audience. Entry to all the events during the festival was free of cost with high security around.
The festival was celebrated with enthusiasm and the entire region looked magnificent with the beauty of dashes of colours into the air.