India awaits a cultural canvas at Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav

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New Delhi: To celebrate the idea of unity in diversity, the Ministry of Culture is organizing the 7th edition of the Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav under the Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat matrix in Karnataka beginning January 14, 2018. The Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers and Parliamentary Affairs, Ananth Kumar and The Union Minister of State for Culture (I/C) and Environment, Dr. Mahesh Sharma will inaugurate the Mahotsav on 14th January 2018 at the Jnana Jyothi Auditorium, Palace Road, Gandhi Nagar, and Bengaluru.

The Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat programme was launched by the Prime Minister on 31st October, 2016 to promote engagement amongst the people of different states/UTs so as to enhance mutual understanding and bonding between people of diverse cultures, thereby securing stronger unity and integrity of India. The State paired with Karnataka is Uttarakhand. The Mahotsav will cover a profusion of art forms from classical and folk, music and dance, theatre to literature and the visual arts and would offer the chance to experience the best in established and emerging virtuosity. A handloom and handicrafts-utsav is part of the proposed event. The gastronomic culture of several partnering states will be showcased through a food festival.

The Mahotsav will be spread across the following venues in Karnataka:

Bengaluru             on   14 – 16  January
Hubli – Dharwad  on   17 – 18  January  
Mangaluru            on   19 – 20  January
Cultural events will be held at all the venues in Karnataka. In addition to the cultural fiesta, a gamut of events have been planned for the Mahotsava in Bengaluru:- At the Manikyavelu Mansion (National Gallery of Modern Art), Exhibition on Nicholas Roerich, a Russian artist, writer, theosophist and archaeologist who lived and died in the Himalayas.

Slide – talk presentation on artists from Uttarakhand on January 15 at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, (Southern Regional Centre). Exhibition on Uttarakhand curated by IGNCA screening of films on Almora Ramleela and Pandavleela at the Jnana Jyothi Auditorium (main venue)  ‘Celebrating our plural traditions, ‘Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat’

Cultural Programs:

Day 1 (January 14) - Flautist Chanden Kumar from Karnataka, Ramman ritual theatre of GarhwalHimalayas (inscribed by UNESCO as Cultural Heritage in 2009) – an IGNCA presentation, Thiruvathira (Kerala), Kaksar Nritya (Chattisgarh), Kalbelia (Rajasthan), Purullia Chhou (West Bengal), Gudum Baza (Madhya Pradesh).

Day 2 (January 15) - Classical vocal recital by M Venkatesh Kumar from Dharwad, Chholiya, Chhapeli Nritya by Dancers from Uttrakhand, Paku etu (Arunachal Pradesh), Ghode Modni ( Goa), Siddi Dhamal (Gujarat), Ghoomar/Phaag Nritya (Haryana), Gangalur (Madhya Pradesh).

Day 3 ( January 16) - Karnataka Sangeet Symphony led by violinst Apoorva Krishna, Thadya Chhapeli Nritya by dancers from Uttrakhand, Kalbelia  (Rajasthan), Karagam, Kavadi, Pambai (Tamilnadu), Aadhimelam (Tamilnadu), Mathuri, Lambadi & Dhimsa (Telangana), Janapada Nritya (Karnataka).

Handloom and Handicraft Utsav organised by the Zonal Cultural Centres in partnership with state governments. Live demonstration of different crafts from Uttarakhand.
Food – festival with 6 traditional cuisines from different states with special focus on Uttarakhand.

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