Art and Culture of Chandigarh
Since majority of people living in Chandigarh are Punjabis the city’s inherent culture has a distinct Punjabi overtone in it. The cosmopolitan nature of this city has also left its mark on it. Therefore, we can see that culture of Chandigarh has actually been formed by the amalgamation of two opposing forces. People here are warm and open hearted. They are also friendly lot and love dancing and partying. At the same time, they are also very hard working and consequently many of them have established themselves at their chosen field.
Language in ChandigarhWhile the official language of Chandigarh is English, majority population here speaks in their native tongue Punjabi. Although this language is written in Gurmukhi script it has a close similarity with Hindi in its oral form. Therefore, even if you do not know Punjabi, you will not find it hard to communicate. Besides, Hindi is also another popular language here. Nonetheless, the younger generation mostly speaks in a mixture of English and Hindi or English and Punjabi.
Religion in Chandigarh
Costume in ChandigarhJust as in any cosmopolitan city, men mostly wear trousers and shirts. However, few of the older generation still stick to their traditional salwar and kurta. Women mostly wear salwar suit, sarees as well as western attire like skirts and trousers.
Music and Dance in Chandigarh
Fine Arts in Chandigarh
Drama and Theatre in Chandigarh
Another big name in this sector is Art and Act Academy. Their play Kanyadan, penned by playwright Vijay Tendulkar, has been acclaimed not only for its storyline but also for its great performances. Chandigarh Institute of Performing Art and Wings Theatre Academy are two other important institutes dedicated to the promotion of performing arts in Chandigarh.
Tagore Theatre (Sector 18B, Phone No: 0172 272-4278) and Punjab Kala Bhawan (near Rose Garden in Sector 16, Phone No: 0172-277-1472) are two most popular venues where such performance are regularly held.
Primer Institutes Dedicated to Art and Culture
Punjab Arts Council in ChandigarhPunjab Arts Council is an autonomous body formed in 1981 with the aim of promoting art, culture, literature and performing art in Punjab. For those who are interested in the art and culture of this region a visit to their Art Gallery and their Sangit Shala is a must. The council also has an open air theatre and an air conditioned auditorium for holding cultural events. Each of them has a seating capacity of 300 people. For more information you may click here. You may also contact it at the following address:
Punjab Arts Council
Rose Garden, Sector 16-B,
Pracheen Kala Kendra in Chandigarh
Pracheen Kala Kendra,
Pin Code: 160022
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