Metropolis: Urban Winter Festival in GuwahatiJanuary is that time of the year when the people of Guwahati roars "Aloha Metropolis ". Metropolis is one of the major art and culture festivals held in Guwahati. After the success of the first edition of the festival in 2013, the Kamrup (metro) District Administration and Assam Tourism Development Corporation has decided to organize this event every year. With a large scale of people’s participation the festival has become one of the largest urban festivals in the entire Northeast.
If you are in Guwahati this New Year and you want to experience something unique this New Year then the answer is definitely Metropolis. Every year this event is held at the Shradhanjali Kanan in Zoo road, Guwahati for three days. Even though last year (2013) I could not make it to the event, but this year (2014) I made it sure to be part of this special event and believe me it was a totally a different and an amazing experience.
The event invites large number of creative people, film enthusiasts, sporting talents, upcoming writers, painters and talented musicians from all over the northeast and rest of India as well. The festival also showcases the best creative talents of the region. You can also say that the event is an alternate medium of mass entertainment and a networking ground for the creative fraternity.
There is no dearth of talents in this part of the country. The festival is a platform to this new generation to showcase their talent. Metropolis is also a medium through which the tourists get a firsthand experience about the music and culture of the region.
Another very interesting part of the event is the thrilling acts performed by the artists throughout these three days. You can see different stalls set up all over the area and people trying to make their way to these stalls atleast to have a glimpse. Some of the main highlights of the festival are adventure and alternate sports, gaming, bike ride, cartoon and literary workshops, craft mela, interactive sessions and many more.
Another very unique and interesting thing I saw in the event was that there was a photo booth where everyone can go and click pictures for free. There were some interesting props kept ready for the visitors and using those, one can click some amazing pictures. This photo booth idea was a unique thing taken up for the first time by a local group of photographers Muse and Memories.
There was also a painting and photography exhibition by some promising photographers and artists. Anyone who is interested in painting can also display their work in the exhibition.
Metropolis is not only this, but much more. It is a unique conglomeration of creative minds and a place where one can also see some live performances by folk rock bands, musical and fashion shows and that too absolutely free! Among others, in the attendance of some well known Bollywood celebrities as well.
Come 2015 and the very first thing you have to do is to head off to India’s charming Northeast for the Metropolis Urban Winter Festival in Guwahati.
Pallavi Kumar from Guwahati shares her experience with us.