Culture in GunturGuntur is located in the North-Eastern region of Andhra Pradesh on the road which connects Vijayawada and Chennai. People of different religions, caste and creed live amicably in Guntur. They are simple and speak Telugu as the main language for communication or even Urdu.
Crafts in Guntur and neighbouring places include Kalamkari, Bidri, fabulous weaving, metal ware, brass, stone and wood carving which show the immense talent of craftsmen here.
Telugu Literature in GunturGuntur has some famous people too! Mahakavi Tikkana (1205-1288) was born in Guntur region only. Telugu literature is rich and people also find it joyful to read books written in their own language. They throw light on the Dravidian culture and history.Telugu language has much influence of Sanskrit which also makes it a rich language.
Festivals Celebrated in GunturPeople celebrate various national festivals such as Diwali, Id, Muharram, Ramadan, Ram Navmi, Guru Purab and Baisakhi etc. with aplomb. Other local festivals like Krishna-Ashtami, Sankranti, Shivaratri, Ugadi, Vijaya Dasami, Vinayaka-Chaviti, Ekadasi and Karthika Purnima. are celebrated with music and dance for adding enthusiasm and splendour.
The harvest festival of Sankranti brings joy in everyone's life. It is a time to meet near and dear ones, exchange sweets, wear new clothes and offer prayers. Ancient sculptures, paintings, weapons and idols can be seen in Archaeological Museum at Amaravati.
Fairs, Cinema and Entertainment in GunturPeople love to attend fairs and even watch movies in local cinema halls. Today, government is taking steps to bring minority ethnic groups in the main stream. The 30th International Kalachakra festival was held at Amaravati near Guntur. Both urban and rural lifestyle can be seen in Guntur. People wear traditional attire during festivals and are also comfortable with western outfits.
The Buddhist connection in Guntur is evident from various festivals and legends prevalent in Guntur. Spirituality is in the air owing to presence of temples, churches, gurudwara and mosques. There are many historical venues too in Guntur. People love to visit tourist places during weekends and enjoy in amusement parks here --- Brindavan gardens, Manasa sarovar, Amaravathi, Nagarjuna Sagar Dam and Ethipothala Falls etc.
Dance and Music in GunturWho can forget the interest people take in Kuchipudi dance, Carnatic music, literature, worship, art, Annamayya's devotional songs and Thyagaraja's music. The Kuchipudi dancers adorn themselves with traditional temple jewellery which includes head, hands and waist ornaments. Folk dances performed in nearby villages include Lambadi, Dhimsa, Chindu etc. while folk songs include Burra katha and Poli.
Harikathaa Kalakshepam (or Harikatha) means narration of a story intermingled with different songs relating to the story. People living in Guntur love to listen to music composed by modern composers and sung by melodious singers. Modern composers and singers whose voices regale audiences here include music composers and playback singers such as S.P.Balasubrahmanyam, P.Susheela, S.Janaki, PB Srinivas.