Arguably the top reason why Shimla is one of the popular places to visit in North India in summer is the 10 days Shimla Summer Festival which is celebrated with great gusto by locals as well as tourists from all over India and the world. For course of 10 days the entire town becomes a cornucopia of music, mirth, and bonhomie.
In fact one of the best times to visit Shimla is during Shimla Summer Festival which is celebrated every year in May/June to welcome the arrival of summer in this picturesque hill station in Himachal Pradesh. The festival is an amalgamation of some of the best talents in the country from different walks of life. The spirited festivities and celebrations during Shimla Summer Festival include performances by renowned singers, musicians, artists and local folks.
The star attraction of the festival is the performance given by artists coming from different parts of the country. One gets to see some really outstanding performances by music artists and dance performers. Events and competitions such as photography competition, dance competitions, local handicraft exhibitions, fashion shows, family games, live theatre, poster-making competition, live music performance by famous singers and artists showcases the local culture, spirit and art of Shimla, the pride of Himachal.
Shimla Summer Festival 2017 Dates
Shimla Summer Festival was first celebrated in 1960 and since then it has become an annual affair that celebrates the culture and folk art of Shimla. This year, the festival dates are yet to be announced.
The likes of Gurdas Mann, Niladhari Devnath, Keka Ghosal, Swaroop Khan, Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Anand Raj Anan from the singing fraternity and popular comedians Sudesh Lehri and Krishna have been invited to attend the festival this year.In the past likes of Mohd. Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhonsle have graced the festival with their presence and performances.
Where is Shimla Summer Festival Celebrated?
Location of the Shimla Summer Festival is the historical. The ridge area is often barricaded in the evening when the main events take place and general public access the venue via the Mall Road. For the concern of the safety of general public, the entire ridge is placed under electronic surveillance.