Prominent 14 premier organizations dedicated towards the support, promotion and growth of Indian Art and Culture are coming together to celebrate this unique ensemble of India. A seven day cultural festival titled as ‘Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav’, drawing performing artists, artisans, handicrafts and cuisine from all across the country will be held from November 1 to 7, 2015 at the IGNCA, New Delhi.
“The festival be the first of its kind to be organized by the Ministry of Culture in terms of its diversity and size,” NK Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Culture told newsmen on Thursday.
The seven Zonal Cultural Centre’s of India (ZCC’s of East, West, North, South, North Central, South Central and North East), Buddhist and Tibetan Institutes of India (BTI), National School of Drama (NSD), Sahitya Akademi (SA), Lalit Kala Akademi (LKA), Sangeet Natak Akademi (SNA), Kalakshetra Foundation (KF) have joined hands to create the Mahotsav, as part of which, they will be presenting the arts, culture and heritage from their respective regions via unique displays in their respective courtyards, also called Aangans. The North Zone Cultural Centre, Patiala has been entrusted with the responsibility as the nodal agency to carry forward the execution of the National Cultural Festival.
“The festival will draw art forms from the remotest part of the country and it will showcase the spectacular diversity of India, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari through folk, tribal and classical art forms in all its dimensions – dance, music, drama, entertainment and food,” Sinha said.
“The thought was to create an annual festival that popularizes and showcases the cultural diversity of India be it art, artisans, dance, handicrafts or flavours from across the nation,” he added.
The Minister of State for Culture Dr. Mahesh Sharma, in a written message for Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav said “The World over, India is recognized for its rich cultural heritage, and we wanted to create a festival that popularizes the same amongst the youth, and also creates a platform which can help us to preserve these traditions.”
“ This is a true celebration of ‘Make in India’ in a cultural context. We want to showcase each and every dimension of our culture– be it food, music, dance or art – so that we can reconnect with our roots and generate pride amongst the new generation.” he added.
Secretary, Culture said the festival will attempt to connect the youth to the vibrant culture and diversity of the country. The outreach programme of the festival to introduce the youth to the various facets of our culture by entertaining and engaging them has already begun successfully, he explained.
“Unless we give encouragement to our artisans across India, we cannot call ourselves Shrestha Bharat. The 700 artists shall showcase more than 49 art forms and at least 700 artists shall perform at the inaugural ceremony of Mahotsav on November 1,” Sinha said.
“It’s an opportunity to encourage our artists, to help them showcase their work on a national stage, the Secretary added.
Senior officials disclosed that the Ministry of Culture is planning to organize Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav every year in the National Capital and major cities of the country.