A three day long ‘DILLIWALA KHAZANA FESTIVAL’ organized by Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj, intended to entertain people with distinctive food options, mesmerizing music and a quirky flea market, was concluded on Sunday. The fest uncovered Delhi’s finest in food, art, music and culture and deliver the unique experience of the city’s heritage, magic and secrets to the world.
Food is a very part of being a Dilliwala and the festival brought together some of the best names in street foods not only from the Walled City – some known, some forgotten – but also from newly developed tastes that Delhi has spawned. All-time favourites like Khan Mughlai – Daryaganj, Netaji ki Chaat – ChandniChowk, Rajeev Bhai ke Special Omlette, Changezi Chicken -Ballimaran, Indo Kulfi- Karol Bagh, wide variety of momos – Momo.in, Pyar Mohabat Sharbat – MatiaMahal, Daulat ki Chaat and Taufeeq ki Biryani -ChitliQabar in PuraaniDilli were some of the participating food outlets.
Representing Delhi’s cosmopolitan culinary culture were Yeti – The Himalyan Kitchen, Dom Dom Biryani serving Kolkata specialities, Kathputli, Culinary Pitaara and the Indian Catering Company with a wide range of vegetarian fusion food.
All through the three days of the fest, people continued to pour in making the carnival grand and unforgettable. A festival that celebrates Delhi cannot skimp on music, Art, Theatre, Dance or Poetry and to mesmerise and enchant visitors, there were soulful yet energizing performances of Sufi music, fusion of traditional sufi and folk by the popular Nizami Brothers, Bally Sagoo, Copy Cats, Tritha and DillikiBilli Collective. Urdu storyteller- Fouzia Dastango, Improvised dancer – Parvati Tampi and Kathak Dancer – Reetu Jain performed at the festival. There were also performances by Sergio Dinarte (Bass & Vox Effects), Ritika Singh (Rap, Vocals, Theatre) Madhusudan Baul (BaulGeet, AnandaLahiri), KartikeyVashisht (Flute & Wind Instruments) and MohitLal (Tabla & Percussions), Trippy Sama and many more.
A special performance by Padmashri Awardee, Dadi Pudumjee’s The Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust was a key attraction at the festival.
Mr. Arjun Gehlot, Director, Ambience Malls-VasantKunj and Gurugram, said, “We are happy to present this fest for our own ‘Dilliwalas’ as it showcases the city’s rich heritage; be it in food, music or art which gives character and defines the experience of a city. Delhi is a city that is rich in all the above and the festival showcased the best of all that the city offers. I was thrilled to witness that a large number of people turned up for the celebration and all the activities organized were well appreciated by the crowd. We will continue to organize more such cultural events in our mall to keep entertaining our customers.”
A vast array of curated flea shops brought to life the spirit of Meena Bazaar right here with assorted attractions offering traditional and ethnic designs, specialty henna, ittars, authentic aromatic spices and the choicest bangles. The festival had something for everyone be it the foodie, arty kind or the shopaholic. All the guests celebrated being a dilliwala in true dilliwala style.