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Chakradhar Samaroh in Raigarh

Famous as "Cultural Capital of Chhattisgarh" Raigarh has made a name for itself as a cultural hub of India. The city has been home to many famous artists including Vijaya Sharma, Firtu Maharaj, Pt. Kartik Ram, Pt. Kalyan Das Mahant, Pt. Barman Lal to name a few. Raigarh is no strange when it comes to hosting cultural festivals.'Chakradhar Samaroh' organised anually on the eve of Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the very popular fest of the region. It saw gathering of music and dance exponents from all over India. The event is organized annually in the memory of the memory of Great King and Musician Maharaja Chakradhar Singh.

The beginning of Chakradhar Samaroh!

Culture of Raigarh

The begining of this festival dates way back to the Maharaja Chakradhar Singh. The king of Raigarh, Maharaja Chakradhar Singh was a big fan of dance and music. He possessed many skills like being a skilled dancer and playing the tabla. He has inspired many and a lot of books on music were penned by him. Chakradhar Samaroh was first started by the ancestors of the king but it’s he who made the festival well known to all by his love for music and his cravings for dance. He gathered musicians, dancers, artists and other entertainers from all over to Raigarh. Even in those days Ganesh festival in Raigarh were popular attracting artists from far and wide.

Before evenings 'Bhajan', 'Keertan', 'Gayan', 'Vadan', 'Nritya' were organized which continued all the way up to late in the night in full swing on the grounds of Badal Mahal in front of the Ganesh idol for all the audience of general public. Raja Chakradhar Singh also arranged Ramleela, Gammat, Mesmerism, Gambling, Wrestling etc. and in the main palace i.e. Moti Mahal the king organized for classical music and Kathak dances for himself and his family members.Today the celebrations are fixed on the basis of the Hindu calendar that usually falls between the months of September and October.

Everyone used to take part in this auspicious event. Farmers used to bring vegetables, rice and pulses etc. and donate them to the imperial store and everyone gave according to his status. Rations used to be distributed to every artist in the mornings. The traveling performers usually used to be accommodated in school buildings and other vacant houses of the town. Coats, utensils and other necessary items were also supplied by the king. He used to take good care of all his artists. The performers were also paid by the king according to what they deserved. The payment ranged money to other goods and sometimes even more.

Chakradhar Samaroh

Chakradhar Samaroh

Few years after the death of Raja Chakradhar Singh the festival came to a halt. The festival came back to life in 1984 when Sarvodaya Leader Keyur Bhushan came to Raigarh. It was under his chairmanship that the "Shri Chakradhar Lalit Kala Kendra" was established. The performances resumed back again during the Ganesh festival from 1985 onwards.

Today the district administration has proudly conducted almost 30 years of this celebration. The Samaroh is held in memory of the Late King Chakradhar who will always be known for his immense love and contribution in the field of music, arts and sports. The Samaroh stands as the hallmark of Cultural Heritage of the State. People from all over come and participate at this festival. The celebration is also followed by sports' events, namely wrestling and kabbadi which have been kept based on international standards.

Major Events and Attractions of Chakradhar Samaroh

This 10 day extravagant event in Raigarh attracts performers from every corner of the world. Every year historic Chakradhar Samaroh is organized by Madhya Pradesh Goverment. Madhya Pradesh Department Of Culture in coordination with district administration through public participation arranges for the 10 day long cultural fest. Music, Dance, Song are major events at Chakradhar Samaroh. Till date many renowned artists have participated in this famous cultural fest of Raigharh. Famous artists like Ustad Bismillah Khan, Teejan Bai, Pinaz Masani, Ustad Rashid Khan, Pt. Birju Maharaj, Esha Deol to name a few. Today this cultural festival has become synonymous with Raigarh and is has certainly added value making Raigarh a hub of culture. The amazing performances, culture of the people will definitely leave you impressed.


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    Aayushi dixit from Indore mp 146 Days ago

    Dear Sir/Madam, I am applying for performing my Solo Kathak in the prestigious Chakradhar samaroh. I recently performed solo in the famous " Khajuraho International Dance festival, 2018". I am Aayushi Dixit a Kathak dancer and disciple of the renowned guru Padmashri Pandit Suresh Talwalkar and I've also taken my initial training from guru Ragini makkhar and guru Hemant makkhar from Indore. I have been performing since past 16 years. I shall remain obliged to you if I shall have an opportunity to perform there in the coming famous Chakradhar Samaroh. I will send you my dance details ( i.e. brochure,CD) if and when required.You can go through my youtube video performance for your kind perusal.You can contact me through my email or via following mobile number : 8085173000, 9826027748.Thanking you,Your sincerely, Aayushi Dixit.

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    Sunil behera from Odissa 242 Days ago

    Respected sir/madam I am Sunil behera secretary of shree Nrutya prgna dance academy and raipur,CG.from odissa. Want to Performance gread prestigious program me chkradhar mohastsav Next yare.I an requesting you that pls give me my mail Id or any contact namber am waiting for your response my mail ID sunilodissi101@gmail.com....

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    Ritwika Some Choudhury from Kokata,West Bengal 476 Days ago

    Dear Sir/Madam,Understanding from a reliable source about the famous Chakrodhar Samaroh, I am applying for performing my Solo/Group Kathak in the same.I am Ritwika Some Choudhury, a Kathak dancer and a Sr disciple of the renowned kathak exponent Sri Ashim Bandhu Bhattacharya from Kolkata has been performing for the last 20 years in and outside of my country.I am an A grade artist of Doordarshan.I shall remain obliged to you if I shall have an opportunity to perform there in the coming famous Chakrodhar . Samaroh.I will send you my dance details ( i.e. brochure,CD) if and when required.You can go through my you tube video performance for your kind perusal.Thanking you,Your sincerelyRitwika Some Choudhury

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    Jaydeep Palit from Kolkata 512 Days ago

    To whom it may concern. Dear Sir/Madam, This is to your kind intimation that our dance troupe HRITAAL DANCE CENTRE (Kolkata based), would like to perform at the Chakradhar Samaroh, Raigarh, Chhatisgarh at your kind help. Hritaal Dance Centre has been established in the year 2002, and has celebrated its completion of the 15th Anniversary recently. Our Dance Academy specializes in Indian Contemporary Ballet and classical & folk forms. Its content is mainly Indian classical, folk & bold and themes and concepts blended with some other techniques like Kalaripayattu martial art form of Kerala, Flavours of Chhau, Natyashastra & Kathakali art form & many more in an aim to make this unique style more interesting. Some of our celebrated Dance productions are "Hrimaginations" a colourful vibrant collage of various dance forms depicting the rich culture of our country, "Chetona", based on Rabindranath Tagore's Kalmrigaya, "The Burning Lotus" the story of Rani Padmini of Chittor, who sacrificed her life to retain her sanctity, adapted from, Abonindranath Tagore's Rajkahini, "Bansuri" based on the life of the Lord Krishna & "Antara Dhara" Welcoming the monsoon. The dance Productions are colourful, vibrant and reeks of Indian values and flavours through its, costumes, movements, sets etc. We have performed in various presigious festivals Puri International Beach Festival, Uday Shankar Dance Festival, Choreopgraphy festrival organised West Bengal State Music Academy, Essar steel Ltd, Hazira, Spicmacay Bhubaneswar, Mecon Steel Conference Ranchi and many more in various parts of India. For this please go through the few attached images of our company's performances. Also you can log on to our website, www.hritaaldancecentre.com. Kindly go through and help us in getting some opportunities to perform at your place. Kindly revert.Duration of the performance 1hr to 1hr 30mins, Team capacity 10 members We have been invited to perform at the inauguration of Indian Festival in

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    Sneh Lata Mishra from New Delhi-110070 628 Days ago

    Sub: Request regarding Performance at ‘‘Chakradhar Sangeet Samaroh’’ to be held in August 2017. Respected Madam / Sir, I have come to know that the prestigious festival of music Chakradhar Samaroh is going to be held in at Raigarh is August 2017. Madam / Sir, I am a performer of Classical and Semi classical Vocal .I belong to Banaras Gharana and I have been a disciple of Padma Vibushan Vidushi Girja Devi ji. I have performed in many musical festivals .The most recent being the Singhasth maha kumbh on 2 May 2016.I have also had the honour of performing in the Thumri festival held in Delhi and also at the Shravan Mohotsav which was held in Ujjain in 2014. My speciality in Khyal and thumri I am very enthusiastic to perform at the prestigious Chkradhar festival which is going to be held in the historical city of Raigarh in August 2017. I do hope sir,that you would consider my request and oblige. Thanking you Sincerely yours Sneh Lata Mishra +91 9810985499

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    Ananya Mukherjee from Kolkata 914 Days ago

    Respected Sir/Madam I am Ananya Mukherjee from Kolkata.. I want to performance great prestigious Programme Chakradhar Mahotsav Next year... I am requesting you that pls give me mail id or any contact number I will send my all details my biodata.... Pronam... I am waiting for your response.... My mail I'd. tini.ananya@gmail.com

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