Entertainment and performing arts

The city has many arts and cultural organizations with many art galleries and theaters all around the city. The ‘Craft Fair’ organized each year at YugVeena Library serves as a platform for many artist to get recognition. Strongly influenced by the city’s immigrants from nearby region, Bareilly has a mix of different cultures including Brij culture (of Mathura), Awadhi culture (of Lucknow), Pahaari culture of Kumaun region (Uttrakhand) and Harayanvi Culture (of North-West Uttar Pradesh). It is this blend of these culture that give the local culture a unique ting of everything. Bareilly also hosts lot of Fashion Shows to demonstrate the unique style blended with Cosmo trends.[32]
Many Bollywood movie including ‘Woh 5 Din’, a suspense thriller, have been shot in Bareilly.[33] The 2005 movie Main, Meri Patni Aur Woh also makes a reference of Rajpal Yadav (Mitlesh)’s wife Veena (Rituparna Sengupta) being from Bareilly and he coming all the way to the city for the marriage.
Famous Bollywood actress and former Miss World Priyanka Chopra hails from the city.
With a large food-loving population, Bareilly has many strange sounding, well-known eateries, which follow the age-old tradition of naming the cuisine after the creator. ‘Deenanath ki lassi’, ‘Chhotelal ki tikki, Chaman ki chaat’ and ‘Tyagi Restaurant’, are few along many age old established eat-outs. A number of restaurants, too, can be found throughout the city. ‘Swarn Tower’, ‘Bareilly Palace’, ‘Amber’, ‘Pancham’, ‘Cocktails and Curries’, ‘Krishna’z restaurant’, ‘The Host’, ‘Kwality’, ‘Vestal’, ‘Aabodaana’ and ‘Bikaneri’ are some of the few good restro s in town and one of the good Ice Cream Parlour is ‘Milkies’.
The newest buzz in town for the foodies is “Aurum- The Elite Restaurant” and is located at Hotel Swarn Towers, Bareilly. This 90 seater fine dining restaurant offers a multi-cuisine menu, primarily including Indian and Chinese dishes. The unique selling proposition of this restaurant is its rich, luxurious and yet soothing decor and the fact that the serve foreign liquor brands which are hard to get in the vicinity, such as, Absolute vodka, Jack Daniels, Laphroaig, Suaza Tequila etc. Their delicious cocktails are not to be missed and one would recommend the “Aurum’s Signature Long Island Iced Tea.”
Domino’s Pizza and Baskin Robbins (both in D.D.Puram) are two Multi-National Food chains which have there establishment in the city. Many other major food chain gaints as McDonald’s, KFC, Pizza Hut have also expressed interest in opening outlets in the city.
Bareilly lacks high class infrastructure of sports. The city houses two sports stadiums and one cricket academy namely:
  • Dori Lal Agarawal Sports Stadium, City Area, Bareilly
  • Major Dhyan Chand Sports Stadium, Cantonment Area, Bareilly
  • Cricket Academy of Bareilly (CAB) Near MB Inter College Bareilly
  • Brosid Cricket Academy, Near Mayur VanChetna, Philibhit Road, Bareilly
The city is represented in the various sports tournament by different local level club teams and teams representing schools and colleges. Although most have the colleges have their home grounds for practice sessions in their respective colleges.
Hang-outs and Parks
Bareilly has two World-class Amusement parks located inside a single premises. Fun City and Boond Water Park are the most famous hang-outs for most of the people of the City and nearby areas. The two facility attract a lot of tourists and visitors to the city everyday. The parks are located on the University Road and are well within the residential limits of the main city. The guest may purchase rides individually, either at the attraction’s entrance or by purchasing ride tickets (or a similar exchange method, like a token) or through the pay-one-price format, which charges guests a single, large admission fee. The guest is then entitled to use all or more often almost all of the attractions in the park as often as they wish during their visit. The park usually has some attractions that are not included in the admission charge; these are called “up-charge attractions” and includes go-kart tracks and some other Water sports.
B. I. Bazar (H.A. HAKIM JI & SONS which was established in 1880, the oldest establishment of Bareilly today), Butler Plaza, Civil Lines, D.D. Puram Market and Vishal Mega Mart (located on the Patel Chowk – Choupla road) are considered to be a shoppers’ paradise and great hang-outs.
Bareilly, also, have a plethora of other well-maintained parks including-
  • Children’s Park, Cantonment
  • Phool Bagh, Cantonment
  • Company Garden, Civil Lines
  • C L Park, Prem Nagar
  • Mayur Van Chetna Kendra, University Road
  • Maharaja Agrasen Park, Rampur Garden
  • Akshar Vihar[34]
  • Lichi bagh, Quila
  • vatika (park)Rampur Bagh
  • Mega Rolling Park, Super City
Many malls are under-construction in the city including
  • Aditya Magnet (along with three-screen PVR – by 2011),
  • Jewel of India Mall (Suncity Projects – by 2011),
  • Big Apple Mall (Big Apple Real Estate – by 2011),
  • Reliance StarCity (by 2012), J.J. mall (second).
  • Unix Phoenix Mall (Uppal Group -by Early 2012)
The present commercial complexes of the city include Butler Plaza, JJ Mall, Vishal Megamart, CL Mall (with showrooms of Adidas, Weekender, Reebok), Hind Talkies Building Market and Selection Point Tower.
Amrapali Multiplex Mall, situated in the Lohia Vihar residential Colony at 7-km. stone NH-24 (in C.B. Ganj), is a 5 storey mall accommodates all top brands of apparel, jewelleries, electronic gizmos, accessories, souvenirs, home products and departmental stores. It offers a convenient reach to the shoppers from around the city along with great architecture, rich aesthetics and great ambience. Its spacious and ample parking spaces gives shoppers the easy way to do heavy shopping with ease and comfort, free from heavy traffics and hustle and bustle of the city. It houses a 3- Screen Multiplex.
Amrapali Multiplex Mall is the fabulous mosaic of the measure itself, the use of beautiful lighting as well as music, water creates the structure in such a way which goes beyond one’s imagination. The extensive use of the class offers the ambience charm to the surroundings and high visibility environment that showcases your brand to the best effect. Amrapali Multiplex Mall about 3,00,000 sq. feet along with hypermarket to cater almost daily need. Under this mall, household furnishing, sports, lounge, crockery, stationery, music, Flowers, Gifts, a list as endless as one desires. And what adds charm to this Amrapali Multiplex Mall for shopping is the retail bazaar that promotes both traditional and contemporary creativity and which also gives the designers to showcase their talent.
Bareilly is famous for its Zari work, (a type of fabric decoration),’Dari'(A common type of carpet use in most of the Indian houses),’Jhumka’ – an intricate ear-rings or ear-pendants, Manja and Surma (Kohl (cosmetics).
‘Luddhi Manja’ (the glass powder coated kite flying and fighting string) thriving on a secret recipe of rice, fevicol and glass is one of the specialties of the City. It is considered to be of a top notch quantity and is in demand in major towns (including Delhi and Mumbai) during Makar Sankranti and Independence Day by the name ‘Bareilly ka Manja’.[4]
Sweltering summers in Bareilly can be tackled with the famous ‘Deenanath ki lassi’, a creamy preparation distinct in flavour from the Punjabi drink and with a heavy dose of essence prepared in-house. For those into lip-smacking kind of food, it’s ‘Chhotelal ki tikki’ and ‘Chaman ki chaat’.[35]
References in music
Several Bollywood songs have references to Bareilly and its musical genres such as jhumka and kajra.
  • The “Barra Bazaar”(Market) of Bareilly was widely praised during the Mughal Period. Owing to the popularity of the Market (Bazar) the song “Jhumka Gira Re, Bareilly ke Bazar mein” (from the movie “Mera Saaya” and sung by Asha Bhosle, written by Shakeel Badauni) recalls the name of this wondrous market.
  • “Surma bareilly waala ankhiyon mein aisa daala”, a song from the movie Kismat and sung by Asha Bhosle and Shamshad Begum also have references about Bareilly in the line – “Jhumka Bareilly waala kaanon mein aisa daala. Jhumke ne le li meri jaan, haai re main tere qurbaan.”[36]
  • The recent song “Aaja Nachle” (from the movie Aaja Nach Le – featuring Madhuri Dixit) also uses the connection of Jhumka with Bareilly.
  • In the movie U Me Aur Hum – “New Delhi mein Bareilly Jaisa Saiyaan” (featuring Kajol and Ajay Devgan).
  • In the movie Jail – “Bareilly Ke bazaar mein” (featuring Neil Nitin Mukesh directed by Madhur BHandarkar).


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