Madhya Pradesh is where Gods meet Kings. Located in the heart of India, it is bestowed with not just natural beauty and an enviable green cover, but also with magnificent edifices of times of yore. These hark back of eras of the Mauryan Empire ( 300 BC); exemplify the greatest of Emperor Ashoka ; capture the essence of Rajput culture; portray the flamboyance of the Mughals; showcase the Victorian grandeur of the British. Alongside the testimonials of these great kings a warriors stand the monuments of their inspiration, strength and undying faith- Buddhist Stupas, temples, mosques and churches.
If there is one region that is home to true diversity in culture and religious heritage, it is Madhya Pradesh. It represents the pulse and heart of India. So, if you really wish to discover India, experience Madhya Pradesh. Given the vast expense of the state and its rich reserve of heritage, it is best to try and explore its magnificence through travel along two popular circuits- one in the south-west region and the other towards the north-east. Both offer an enchanting mix of heritage and pilgrimage.
The land of Madhya Pradesh is steeped in distinctive traits of Art and Culture. The time of yore has witnessed the flourishing of majestic tradition of art, music, literature, architecture, philosophy, painting and so forth here. Glorious temples, magnificent places, divine poets like Kalidas, Bhartrihari, Bihari, musical master like Tansen, Baiju Baora, political prodigies- Vikramaditya, Raja Bhoj, Rani Durgawati and Ahilya Bai and many more are the pride of Madhya Pradesh.
Madhya Pradesh has always preserved its rich heritage. The classical tradition of music and dance has been customary here. The state has made outstanding contribution in rare arts. Playwrights like Satyadev Dubey and Habib Tanvir; music prodigies like Dagar, Asgari Bai, Amjad Ali are the ones this state is identified with.
Madhya Pradesh is known as the Heart of India not only for its centre position but also for its culture vividness. In every part of it, different and rich traditions of music have been developed. Gwalior is considered as one of the important centres of the Indian music. It is the place of Tansen’s devotion to music and the birthplace of Dhrupad too. The oldest Madhav Music School is located here. Soaked with the love- stories of Rupmati and Baz Bahadur, Malwa inspired the devotees of music. From the Marangacharya Nana Saheb Panse to the Dagar brothers, many great musicians belonged to this land.
Arts painting have been a part of the life in Madhya Pradesh. There is an old tradition of drawing and painting. The great painters like D.J. Joshi, Syed Haider Raza, Narayan Shridhar Bendre, Vishnu Bhatnagar, Maqbool Fida Hussain, Amrit Lal Vegad and Kalyan Prasad Sharma are the contribution of Madhya Pradesh on the canvas of painting.