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The sprawling Shilpgram complex that stands at a stone’s throw distance from Taj Mahal in Agra will come to life when the annual Taj Mahotsava inaugurates its 25th edition today. The Dara Shikoh Library, Paliwal Park, Queen Empress library, Soor Sadan auditorium and the Gandhi Memorial will host cultural programs in a bid to project Agra as a tourist friendly city. Also Read - 'Is This Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan?': Twitter Compares Indian Migrant Boy With Syrian Refugee Kid, Bursts in Anger After Agra DM Prabhu Narayan Singh Reacts Insensitively

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Agra Mahotsava has been modelled after the Surajkund International Crafts Mela. This year the festival will feature a wide range performances by artistes across genres — from popular singers such as Sunidhi Chauhan, Shreya Ghoshal, Palash Sen and Mohit Chauhan to comedians such as Raju Srivastav as well as the Sufi Qawwali group Sabri Brothers and the classical bhajan singing group: Sharma Bandhus.