The five-day long International Shimla summer festival, a popular annual will start here from June 1 and noted Punjabi pop singer Diler Mehandi would be the main attraction at the festival on concluding day, informed Shimla Deputy Commissioner Dinesh Malhotra while addressing media here on Tuesday.
It is one of the major events of the hill town and almost all prominent Playback singers/ pop singers like Lata Mangeshkar, Muhammad Rafi, Mukesh, Gurdas Man, Abhijeet Bhatacharaya and others have performed in the past. The Shimla festival is being organised here since the 1960s. It attracts a large number of tourists – both domestic and foreign
This Summer festival is likely to be inaugurated by the by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on June1, Deputy Commissioner Malhotra , who is also the chairman of the Organising committee said.
He said to promote Himachal’s folk and culture the special emphasis is laid on providing a platform to the local artists of Himachal Pradesh.
“Beside artists from Himachal who have made a mark in Bollywood are also invited for their performance. Every day five to six troupes of local artists will be performing on the stage. Other attractions like Baby Show, Flower show, Food festival, Dog Show and Painting exhibitions are being organized to give a festival atmosphere to the city for the attraction of the tourists coming to Shimla and Himachal Pradesh,” he added.
Informing about the new initiatives Malhotra said that after a gap of almost a decade, Miss Shimla event will held at the festival on June 4, To attract youths, a rock band competition will be held, the DC said adding a half-marathon will be flagged off from Ridge Maidan on the eve of the festival.
Apart from several local artists, talented artists from neighbouring states have been invited to perform in the festival, he said, adding that activities like flower show, food festival, painting exhibition would also be organised here.
“The five day event will also showcase performances by well known Pahari singers on Himachali Pahari Night on June 2. Well known Himachali artists like Vicky Chauhan, Kuldip Sharma, Hemant Sharma, Kritika Tanwar and other will perform at this night,”he added.
He informed that June 1 has been declared a holiday in Shimla and its surrounding areas.
The Shimla summer festival is an annual event, which is organised every summer during the peak tourist season at the heart of the city.