Chhattisgarh is a state in central India, formed when the sixteen Chhattisgarhi-speaking southeastern districts of Madhya Pradesh gained statehood on 1st November, 2000. It is a young state but an ancient land, referred to as “Dakshin Kosala”. Chhattisgarh is a state born out of 36 princely states ('Chhattis' is thirty-six and 'Garh' is Fort), thus leaving behind a legacy of picturesque palaces and forts. The state also has a rich cultural heritage. It has its own dance styles, cuisines and music. A third of the state’s population comprises of the local aborigines.
Chhattisgarh has a rich heritage of a robust culture. It has a treasure of enriched festivals, music, cuisines and lifestyles. The harmonization of eastern and western art as a result of the British imperialism has added an articulation to the rich ethnicity and culture of Chhattisgarh. The appeal of the region's scenic beauty attracts tourists from all over India. The green forests, scenic hills, meandering rivers, beautiful villages of tribal folks are notable features of the region, thus making it an ideal abode of eco-tourism. Being the birth place of kingdoms of royal dynasties like the Mauryas, it is the ideal place for the historians and sociologists to explore. It is a place of marvelous temples and architectural wonders and offers an eloquent diction to the rich culture of Chhattisgarh.
The economy of Chhattisgarh has rapidly grown in recent years. Chhattisgarh recorded a high GDP growth of 7.35% from 2004-05 to 2008-09. The state has both private and state owned industries, which contribute significantly to the state’s economy. With the recent surge in economic growth in our country, Chhattisgarh is a young state projecting a high potential for generating intense future employment in the sector of Information Technology.