Bring out the cameras: Tulip Festival opens in Delhi | latest news delhi

Bring out the cameras: Tulip Festival opens in Delhi |  latest news delhi

The rich green lawns of Lutyens Delhi will be filled with an array of vibrant colors for about two weeks, starting from Saturday, as the New Delhi Municipal Corporation launches the second edition of the Tulip Festival.

The event, which was held for the first time last year, was attended by thousands of people, armed with cameras, mobile phones and notebooks. (Photo by Raj K Raj/HT)

Residents will be greeted with white, yellow, red, pink, orange, purple, black, yellow and red tulips planted in parks, lawns, roundabouts and along sidewalks as part of the 12-day festival, which comes to a close on February 21.

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The program begins at the meadows of Shanti Track in Chanakyapuri and will include tulip walks, photography and drawing competitions, NDMC officials said.

The event, which was held for the first time last year, was attended by thousands of people, armed with cameras, mobile phones and notebooks.

NDMC president Amit Yadav, who inspected the preparations on Friday, said the NDMC had planted about 200,000 tulip bulbs in seven colors this year, with about 80,000 bulbs planted in the Shanti Path area alone.

Nearly 300,000 tulip bulbs were sourced from Netherlands, of which 100,000 were handed over to the Delhi Development Authority (DDA).

The Dutch embassy also donated about 40,000 bulbs to the council, which were planted in roundabouts. Last year, NDMC planted about 130,000 tulip bulbs.

“Some of these varieties are early bloomers and others are late bloomers. They have bloomed the first ones, like the white flowers. The pink color is in the initial stage and a few orange ones will follow it,” Yadav added. NDMC officials said planting of tulip bulbs began in mid-December.

As part of the festival, NDMC will organize a tour of the Shanti Track on Saturday, with an exhibition based on the history of the region, history of tulips and information about their varieties, Yadav said.

Besides, the council will also host a series of events on food, flowers and music separately. NDMC will also organize its first concert of the ‘Music in the Park’ series in 2024 at Nehru Park at 3pm on Saturday, in association with SPIC MACAY.

It will feature Hindustani flute playing by Pandit Nityanand Haldipur, accompanied by Mithilesh Kumar Jha on tabla. The performances will also include a sitar performance by Ustad Shahid Parvez on the sitar, accompanied by Akram Khan on the tabla.

The council is also planning to hold an ‘Indo-Dutch Tulip’ event on February 16 at Nehru Park, a rose festival, a jazz festival and a flower-based food festival next month. The schedule of walks and events is available on the NDMC website and social media.

NDMC has invited people to click on pictures of tulips, and the civic body will judge the best three pictures every day and upload them on its social media handles. Ultimately, the best overall photo will also be awarded. “The winter has been harsh this year in Delhi, and these festivals will help people enjoy the open spaces,” Yadav added.

He added that this year’s winter did not affect the tulip farm. “About 30% of the bulbs have already flowered, and the rest are expected to flower in stages over the next 10-15 days. Last year, the flowers wilted within 10-15 days. This time we made sure that the planting was done in stages so that some of the bulbs would flower early.” While others bloom later, he added: “It was a conscious decision to increase the blooming period during which people can enjoy these flowers.”

Besides Shanti Path, tulips were also planted at Grand Parks, NDMC Headquarters, Windsor Place Roundabout, Vice President’s House, 11 Murti, AIIMS Junction, among other areas. “The farm was carried out at intervals such that light colors like white would bloom first, followed by pink, orange, red and finally black shades,” said an NDMC official, requesting anonymity.

The official, who requested anonymity, said NDMC has preserved nearly 50% of tulip bulbs from the previous year’s crop which could lead to an approximately 50% reduction in production costs in the future. “We are trialling the harvested bulbs at Lodhi Garden and CSIR facility in Palampur,” the official added.

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