A street festival showcasing the culture of Kalimpong kicked off on the Main Road on Friday. The idea of the festival, which has been initiated jointly by Kalimpong District Tourism Development Committee and locals, is to highlight Kalimpong among tourists.
The Main Road below Thana Dara was replete with cars. This time, the drivers agreed to leave the parking space after 6pm for stalls put up as part of the festival. On Friday, there were around eight to 10 stalls. The number of stalls may be increased in coming days of the festival.
“The temporary stalls are put up by 6pm and removed by 8.30pm. The stalls are dealing in local food, handicrafts, thus presenting our culture and traditions before the tourists. We are displaying and selling various things at the stalls,” said Sandip C Jain, a committee member associated with the festival.
Tourists have their own thoughts about Kalimpong. During the daytime they move around various places, on which they usually do a research. As there is not much to see for people in this town after sunset, we have come up with the street festival that tourists can enjoy at night and return with gleeful memories. Though the festival is spread over various cultural shows, the organizers have neither set up any stage nor are playing loud music.
“If anybody wants to sing, the person can come with a guitar and belt out his or her favourite numbers at a corner, Likewise, people can also dance, if they want to. We want to set an example by starting this festival that we want to continue in the future,” added Jain.
Source: Times of India