Manali is hosting a Winter Carnival that started from 2nd January and will go on to 6th January. The annual fest is organized to attract tourists to Kullu and Manali during the off-season, promote folk culture. It also aims to provide a platform to local artists and those from other states. Moreover, it’s a super fun way to showcase the Phadi culture.
Kullu, January 4
Well, who said rainfall and snowfall is an obstacle to fun festivals? No one did and the people in Manali are rigorously enjoying the festival without caring about such small obstacles. On the 3rd day of the national-level Winter Carnival in Manali, various cultural programs and events were successfully held at the Manu Rangshala. The audience was going nowhere even when the rain started. They were all very keen to spectate the performances by the local artists. Even the tourists were provided a chance to participate in the festivities by performing on the stage of the Manu Rangshala just for entertainment.
The Winter Queen Beauty Pageant experienced a total of 25 participants. The grooming round was conducted at a hotel on the 4th afternoon. The 25 participants were selected after the final round of auditions that happened on 3rd Jan. The first round of the competition of the Winter Queen, which is the highlight of the carnival, would be held at the Manu Rangshala tonight while the finale of the pageant would be held on the closing day of the festival on January 6.
The voice-of Carnival competition was another highlight of the winter carnival. The participants charmed the audience with their melodious voices. There was a tough competition between 18 participants, who were selected in the auditions. The competitions of classical dance and traditional musical instruments were also held.
The second cultural evening of the carnival yesterday saw folk singers Dheeraj and Rosie Sharma performing. Dheeraj enchanted everyone with a flurry of Hindi, Pahari, and film songs in his melodious voice.
Rosie Sharma started with a Lahauli song and mesmerized the audience. Vikrant also successfully enthralled the audience by singing nonstop