Art & Culture
Known as Maharashtra's cultural capital, Pune epitomizes typical Marathi lifestyle. Although the place experiences a blend of both Indian and western lifestyle and culture but in the heart of the city, Maharashtrian traditions still prevail.
Pune hosts numerous cultural and religious festivals. Being a major educational hub, the city also hosts several youth festivals. Ganapati festival is the major one that is celebrated in the month of August or September. Also known as Ganesh Chaturthi, it is a ten-day Hindu festival where the idols of Lord Ganesh are immersed in the local rivers.
The arrival of Osho gave Pune an international flavour. The city population includes people from all religions but one of the major religions followed in Pune is Hinduism. A number of other religions including Islam, Sikhism and Christianity are also followed.
The most common language spoken in the city is Marathi. Apart from this, Hindi and English are also commonly spoken languages. Since the city is acquiring a cosmopolitan type of character, Gujrati and Persian languages are also spoken.
Art Galleries in Pune
Art is an integral part of the Pune Culture. Being the cultural capital of the state of Maharashtra, the city is a home to several national and international art galleries which showcase the collection of renowned art pieces and sculptures from artists around the world.
The galleries also serve as a platform for new upcoming artists where they can display their work and get appreciations for their creativity. If art is the food for your soul, visit the art galleries in the city and adore the great works of veterans as well as emerging artists.
Located on Salunke Vihar Road, Wanowrie, Havi Arts is one of the most famous art galleries in town. Art Enclosure is also a perfect place to explore the creativity and admire the efforts of the artists.
Other than these, Pune has several other art galleries including Satwa Art Gallery, Four Seasons: The Gallery, Chitari Academy of Fine Arts, Deep Art Gallery, Khushbu Art Gallery and Saks Art Gallery. You can definitely visit these galleries to satisfy your creative side.
Auditoriums in Pune
The culture side of Pune is reflected in the auditoriums in the city. Numerous programs including exhibitions, classical dance events, plays, dramas, live music concerts, theatre film festivals and book fairs are regular affairs in city.
Almost all parts of the city have good number of auditoriums. Nehru Memorial Hall, Wedavati Purakashit Drama Coy, Moreshwar Hall, Yashwantrao Chavan Natyagruha, Bharat Natya Mandir, Tilak Samarak Mandir, SUdarshan Hall, Bharat Natya Sanshodhan Mandir, Tilak Smarak Trust, Pimpri-Chinchwad Prekshagriha and Bal Gandharva Rang Mandir are famous auditoriums in the city.
Located on the Ambedkar Road, Nehru Memorial hall is one of the finest auditoriums in Pune while Wedavati Purakashit Drama Coy is the biggest hall with good seating arrangement.
Dance events, music shows and other cultural activities are a regular affair of Yashwantrao Chavan Natyagruha. You can check out the events and can witness some great cultural events.