Forests can literally talk in Chhattisgarh. This is not an exaggeration. The state has recently been touted as the "best emerging domestic tourism destination" by Lonely Planet India, but you have to visit to feel the state's enigmatic and as yet untouched wilderness. Try giving the usual and crowded forest circuits of India a miss and visit the offbeat, quiet and rivetingly charming Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary.
"The Sirpur Dance & Music festival embodies an effort to pay homage to Sirpur's rich historical past as a pilgrimage centre and great seat of learning," explained Santosh Mishra , MD of Chhattisgarh Tourism, with whom I had detailed conversations regarding the idea behind festival. But you need to visit to truly witness how music and dance can bind humanity.
For a place named after wealth, Sirpur has clearly witnessed, and continues to witness, vastly varying tides of fortune. Until its subterranean presence was discovered in 1872, this once flourishing capital of the Dakshin Kosala (now Chhattisgarh) kingdom had rested in relative oblivion since the medieval period, when an earthquake or flood or conflagration is conjectured to have wiped out its monumental existence.