INDIA (CBS) -- Tourists were treated to a delightful evening of classical Odissi dance against the backdrop of the iconic monument of love, the Taj Mahal, in India's northern Agra city on Sunday (September 29).
The event was organized in the famous Taj Walk, which is a green belt area, half a kilometer away from the white mausoleum.
Draped in colorful and bright attires, the artists spread the hues of Indian culture by enacting mythological episodes from the lives of Hindu deities.
Some in the audience felt that the event would gift a unique experience to visitors, who could associate themselves with the feeling of love etched on the walls of the monument.
"Nowadays, tourists are not just interested in sight-seeing; they want to have some sort of experience. The tourists, who visit the Taj Mahal, now want to experience the emotions and culture associated with the monument. I think that an event like this, where a cultural program is staged with the Taj Mahal in the backdrop, will definitely help the tourists in gaining a lifetime experience," said Shivani Chaturvedi, who is a doctor by profession.
The artists portrayed the human emotions, be it love or anger, by dancing to the classical cadences.
The event was an initiative to promote tourism at the Taj Mahal and woo visitors from across the globe.
The organizer of the event, N.K. Janu, said that events of these kinds grab the eyeballs of tourists.
"I believe that such events will grab the attention of tourists and compel them to stop and stay here for a while. The beauty of the Taj Mahal can be seen best from outside the monument as you can see it from every possible angle," he said.
The monument, in the northern city of Agra about four hours' drive south of the capital, was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his wife Mumtaz Mahal.
Attracting around 20,000 visitors every day, the monument was completed in 1648 after 17 years of construction by 20,000 workers.