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Nagpur Culture

Nagpur, celebrated countrywide as the ‘Orange City’ for its highest production and trade of sweet & sour juicy oranges is also accredited as the second capital of Maharashtra and the cleanest and second greenest city of India. Boasting of its historical and cultural heritage, its unique geographic position, its booming economical and educational industry and its eminent political status, the city Nagpur enjoys a wholesome cosmopolitan culture. People from various religious and cultural backgrounds arrived from different parts of the country dwell here in peaceful and unified equilibrium. Nagpur has very rarely witnessed any communal riots during its elongated and eventful history. All the festivals of Hinduism such as Gokulashtami, Ganesh Chaturthi, Navaratri, Dusshera, Diwali, Gudi Padva, Ram Navami, Hanuman Jayanti, Holi, etc. Christmas, Easter and other feasts of Christianity and all the Idds of Islam are celebrated here with incomparable gusto and enthusiasm in supreme communal harmony. However, Kalidas Mahotsav, Orange City Craft Mela, Folk Dance Festival and Dhamma Chakra Pravartan Din are the notable festivals exclusive to the Nagpur Culture. Marathi, the official language of the state also enjoys the rank of the principal and most spoken tongue of Nagpur. Other than that, Hindi, English and the tribal language Halbi are also widely spoken here.
The traditions of Nagpur reflect a strong influence of its ethnic folk culture. Nagpur is particularly acclaimed for the folk dances and folk songs they have inherited from their ancestors. Some of the most remarkable folk traditions still retained by Nagpur are; Kala Dance, Govinda Dance, Karma Dance, Lavani, Tamasha, Povada, Bhajan, Kirtan, Gondhal, Bharud, Lalita, Bhaleri Songs, Tumbadi, Bhondla, etc.
Nagpur, a home to a number of literary and cultural societies hosts several events and carnivals all through the year. Vidarbha Sahitya Sangh, Vidarbha Rashtrabhasha Prachar Samiti, Vidarbha Hindi Sahitya Sammelan, Marathi Sahitya Sammelan, South Central Cultural Centre, and many other leagues headquartered at Nagpur work for the propagation and promotion of Marathi and Hindi languages and literature, organize and sponsor cultural fiestas such as Orange City Craft Mela and Folk Dance Festival and thrive to preserve and proliferate the ethnic tradition and legacy of Nagpur and the entire Vidarbha region. Aadim Sanvidhan Sanrakshan Samiti also based in Nagpur works for the rights of scheduled tribes. The daily newspapers published from Nagpur include The Hitavada, Tarun Bharat, Lokmat, Lokmat Times and Lokmat Samachar.
Nagpur is honored to be one of the very few cities of the country that owns more than one international cricket stadiums. The Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground of Nagpur, commonly known as VCA is one of the nine test venues of India. Another stadium named Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium is a recent addition to the city that has a seating capacity of 45,000 people at a time. It served as one of the venues for the Cricket World Cup of the year 2011. One more stadium of Nagpur named ‘VCA Civil Lines’ also functions as an international cricket stadium.
The traditional cuisine of Nagpur is known as ‘Varhadi’ or ‘Saoji’ Cuisine that is distinguished for its hot and spicy taste. The special spices extensively used in the Varhadi gravy include cinnamon, cloves, dry coriander, black pepper, grey cardamom, bay leaves, poppy seeds (Khus-Khus) and powdered coconut. Non-vegetarian food; essentially chicken and mutton are regularly eaten here. Some of the noteworthy Nagpuri preparations are; Vanhad Thali, Kolhapuri Pakoda, Kanda Bhajji, Paneer Vanhadi, Allogobhi Vanhadi, Kurudi, Baigan Masala, Dal Tadka Vanhadi, Lehsun Methi, Batata Bhaat, Aamras, Jowari Roti, Matka Roti, Shrikhand, Basundi, Sabudana Vada, Dabeli etc.