Justify Health: Arts and Crafts The fine art and craft of Maharashtra is evident through the crafts like, Bidriware, Kolhapuri Chappals, Kolhapur Jewelry, Mashru & Himroo, Narayan Peth, Paithani Sarees and Warli Painting. The hand-made leather chappals and sandals from the district of Kolhapur are known as the Kolhapuri chappals. They come in various styles, quality of leather and design for both men and women. Another famous craft from the same district is the Kolhapur Jewelry and the special type of necklace called Kolhapur saaj. Women in Maharashtra indulge in these jewelries and others like Har, malas, mohanmal, bormal, chaplahar, pohehar and putlihar. Dances Maharashtra is blessed with beautiful dance forms that are performed on special occasions as well as festivals. Dhangari Gaja is performed when the Dhangars of Sholapur district honor their God Biruba every year wearing traditinal attire like dhoti, angarakha and pheta and colorful handkerchiefs. Another famous dance form known all over India is the Lavani Dance which means beauty (Lavanya) and is danced to many topics like society, religion, politics, romance, etc. The Maharashtrian equivalent of Ballad is the Povadas dance, which is performed to explain the events in the life of the great Maratha ruler, Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
Fairs & Festivals Since there is a large population of Hindu population who are ardent followers of Ganesha or Ganpatti Bappa, Ganesh Chaturthi is the most popular festival of the state of Maharashtra. Diwali is also celebrated with great pomp and show. Other festivals that are celebrated are Dusherra, Narali Poornima, Ramzan Eid, Bakari Eid, Moharam, Eid-E-Milad, Gudi Padawa, Holi, Mahashivratri, Vata poornima and Shree Datta Jayanti. Apart from the religious festivals, the Ellora Ajanta Festival held in January in Soneri Mahal in Aurangabad is also very popular. The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) also organizes Elephanta Festival in the month of March to encourage and spread the culture of Maharashtra. Even with the increasing industrialization and urbanization in the state, Maharashtra is one state that has worked to preserve its traditional values and cultural heritage. It. The people are warm and kind hearted welcoming outsiders with love and gratitude. This gesture by the Maharshtrians has made the capital city of Maharashtra a hub for professionals from all over the country.