Ganges has always been the not only the lifeline of India but also the felicitator and nourishment of the Indian Civilization. The river Ganges, though, considered a thing of reverence by the Hindus has in the course of history defined the psyche of the Indian society as a whole, irrespective of religion. It not only nourishes the population that lives by its kingdom but also give them a sense of separate identity and belonging. To mark this contribution of River Ganges, an annual festival is organized that has been christened 'Ganga Mahotsava'
Ganga Mahotsava is a 5-day festive event held on the banks of Ganges in
Varanasi. Ganga Mahotsava tends to promote Varanasi and Ganga as the
cultural capital and lifeline of India respectively. The event gives
stress on the promotion of the classical style of Indian music &
dance. It provides opportunity to viewers, to witness performance of the
great exponents of Indian classical dance and music. Some of these
exponents of art reside in Uttar Pradesh itself. In the past editions,
laureates like Ustad Bismillah Khan, Pundit Chhanulal Misra, Girija
Devi, Bal Murli Krishnan, Bhimsen Joshi, Birju Maharaj, Amjad Ali Khan,
Vilayat Khan, Zila Khan, Sujat Khan and Zakir Hussein have given their
enthralling performances in this festival. This festival is a must
attend for every tourists. The event also coincides with Dev-Dipawali
the festival of lights at Varanasi.