Culture of AligarhBefore the 18th century Aligarh was known by the name of Kol or Koil. This city of Uttar Pradesh is famous for its rich legacy, heritage and culture. Visited by many tourists every year Aligarh is a commercial, educational and industrial hub in India. This city has a distinct personality due to the fusion of historical and geographical elements.
Fairs and Festivals in Aligarh
In the month of January and February the annual cultural exhibition, Numaish is held. This exhibition also known by the name of Rajakiya Agriculture and Industrial Exhibition and is eagerly awaited by the local people and the students. Dinner organised by AMU during the festival is attended by lots of people.
People dress very elegantly when they visit this exhibition. Inspite of the availability of bicycles and vehicles, people love to walk upto the exhibition ground.
Attire of Aligarh PeopleSherwanis and Kurta Pyjamas made in Aligarh are famous worldwide. Even the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, visited the famous Sherwani shop of Mehndi Hasan.
Well Known Personalities of AligarhMany versatile personalities and nationalist leaders of India like Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad, Syed Brothers and Zakir Hussein belong to Aligarh. Many superstars of Bollywood named Naseeruddin Shah, Javed Akhtar (lyricist), Bharat Bhushan, Nigar Sultana have their roots here.
Languages Spoken in AligarhThe old part of Aligarh city is occupied by Muslims which are mostly doing business of locks, building, hardware and bakery items. The main language spoken by people in Aligarh are Hindi, English and Urdu. In offices and administration work generally Hindi language is used. Hindustani is the spoken dialect of Hindi in this area. The language popular among rural people in Aligarh is Braj Bhasha.
Folk Dances in AligarhFolk dances of Aligarh namely Raslila, Ramlila, Khayal, Nautanki Naqual, Swang, Dadra and the Charkula depict the rich culture of this city. Sufi Dervishes of Aligarh practice Sama dance, a type of meditation.
Thus, the rich culture and heritage, beautiful landscapes and scenic beauty of Aligarh attract tourists from all over the world.