As the four-day carnival set up by the Ministry of Culture at the newly inaugurated Kartavya Path, with drone shows and cultural performances by regional artists, came to an end, a host of entertainment programmes will be offered by the I&B Ministry for the next month, with a blend of music, dance, street plays, skits and exhibitions.
The performances by artists from the Ministry’s Song & Drama Division (S&DD) will be held at the Step Plaza open-air stage and can be attended free of cost by people of all ages after sunset every day, and the celebration goes on till 8 pm. Weekends see special events reflecting India’s rich cultural heritage, says a statement by the Ministry, adding that there is also a Raktadan Amrit Mahotsav (blood donation drive) on September 17.
The cultural evenings will see folk dance performances from various states, besides classical dance forms like Kathak and Odissi. Both classical and semi-classical instrumental music performances have also been added for those visiting the India Gate canopy. There are also patriotic songs and cultural programmes on the freedom movement. Songs on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose are the mainstay at these events to mark the unveiling of his grand statue. As a tribute to the national hero, each performance ends with the song “kadam kadam badhaye ja”, the marching song of Bose’s Indian National Army.
Lined up for the rest of the month are skits, street plays, and dance dramas on Netaji’s life and ideals. The event culminates with special performances as part of Gandhi Jayanti Celebrations.
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