Nagpur is gearing itself up for the upcoming 'Atulya Bharat' festival which will kick start from March 15. The four-day long festival will be held at the South Central Zone Cultural Centre (SCZCC) and will conclude on March 18.
The festival which was slated to be held on March 11, had to face minor delays as the officiating director, Inderjeet Grover, could not be present at the inauguration. Grover was occupied with his duties toward PM Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Varanasi.
While speaking to TOI, Grover stated he was quite disappointed about the delay in the dates of festival. “I have categorical orders from the ministry of culture not to leave Varanasi during the visit of the prime minister and French president. All the seven cultural centres are involved in organizing boat rides and visit to various ghats of Varanasi which has been planned for the dignitaries,” Grover said.
On being quizzed about why the others in the staff did not go ahead with the festival, Grover explained that most of them were also in Varanasi along with him.
The director said, “The four-day festival was being organized as I had not been able to hold any big programme at Nagpur since I assumed charge.”
According to sources, the orders to postpone the event were issued on the 6th of March. By the time the instructions were given, the cultural centre was already decorated with artworks, artifacts and craft from various states. The set up work had started as early as February 26, around the same time Grover visited Nagpur and pitched in the idea.
The event will see 160 folk artists perform, along with a display the finest craftworks of about 22 craftsmen. 10 classical music and dance performances will be an integral part of the event. All these artists are invited from various states, but had to face travel hassles give for the last minute postponing of plans. The SCZCC made known that the artists have agreed to make their presence felt on the revised dates.
A budget of Rs. 1 crore was sanctioned for the event, out of which Rs. 9 lakhs were already spent on radio publicity which started from 6th of March. Event hoarding have also been put across the city.
Information source: timesofindia
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