Shimla: Governor Prabha Rau, inaugurated the five day International Shimla Summer Festival at historic Ridge Maidan by lighting a lamp on Tuesday evening.
With Himani Kapoor, the star artist for the evening, the governor also witnessed the cultural programme presented on the occasion.
Tamil â€“ Telgu playback singer Mahaluxmi Ayir, who was introduced into Hindi songs by none other the Oscar winning composer AR Rahman performs on Wednesday evening, Punjabi singer Jasbir Jassi on Thursday, famous hindi playback singer Suresh Wadekar on Friday and new generation star Kunal Ganjalwala performs as the star artist on the concluding day.
From having been a showcase festival for many famous Indian film industry playback singers of yesteryears like Mohammed Rafi, Asha Bhonsley, Mukesh and Mohinder Kapoor to newer generation artists like Udit Narayan, Abhijit, Kumar Shanu, Sunidhi Chauhan and Sherya Ghoshal, and also hosting famous ghazal singers like Mehandi Hassan, Ghulam Ali, Jagjit Singh, Talat Aziz and Pinaz Missani, rising costs of hosting live shows and having to compete with the booming entertainment industry, the Shimla festival is just a shadow of its earlier prime positioning.
A flower show, a baby show, Himachal food festival, band display, dog show and a painting competition are other attractions of the summer festival.
(Photo by Amit Kanwar)