Bihar Utsav 2016: cultural bonanza
“Along with focusing on the development of the capital of India-Delhi, business capital of India-Mumbai, emphasis must be laid on the equal development of the religious capital of India i.e. Bihar,” said Jai Kumar Singh, Industry Minister, government of Bihar while inaugurating ‘Bihar Utsav 2016’ on the occasion of 104th Foundation Day of Bihar at INA Dilli Haat in the national Capital on Tuesday. He added, “Bihar is on the path of rapid development under the clear vision and guidance of our CM Nitish Kumar and so we have showcased here “Mukhyamantri ke Saat Nischay”.
The inaugural ceremony witnessed the presence of S Siddharth, Principal Secretary, Department of Industries, Vipin Kumar, Resident Commissioner, Bihar and other members of the Department of Industries were present. After the lighting of the ceremonial lamp, the ministers visited various stalls of handicraft and handloom products represented by Bihar. He appreciated the live demonstration of art and artifacts which is a treasure chest of priceless art collections and epitomises the heritage of Bihar. This was followed by the cultural programme for the evening.
Bihar government has created a fund of Rs 500 crore to help young startup industrialists and businessmen who have new and innovative ideas which can help in the progress of the state.
The programme began with Bihar Gourav Gaan, which was performed by Apoorva Sethi and group. Later, Mumbai based Bhojpuri singer and actor Sumit Baba, mesmerised the audience by his performance.
The government of Bihar has been organising this event every year in Delhi since 2010. This year the exhibition cum sale had commenced on March 16 and will conclude on March 31. The theme this year as decided by the government of Bihar is ‘Tourism, Tradition, Art & Culture and Ambience of Bihar’. The major attraction of this event is the live demonstration of handicrafts.