As part of the Independence Day celebrations a week-long festival ‘Bharat Parv’, aimed to generate patriotic fervour, began at the Rajpath here on Friday. Static bands of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force performed at the opening ceremony.
The Delhi government on Friday took part in ‘Bharat Parv’ — a six-day event to celebrate Independence Day — here after a last-minute invite from the Central government.
Delhi Tourism and Culture Minister Kapil Mishra said that he decided to take part in the festival after Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma invited him at the eleventh hour.
“Sharma called me half an hour ago and asked me to attend Bharat Parv,” Mishra said.
The artistes of the North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC) put on cultural performances while the dignitaries present on the occasion released Tricolour balloons. “The Ministry of Tourism has done a commendable job by organising such a unique programme showcasing the ‘Unity in Diversity’ theme,” said Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar.
The cultural performances planned to be held include choreographed folk/tribal dances and music arranged through the NZCC and performances by cultural troupes from different states.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andhra, Delhi, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Daman, Diu and Dadra-Nagar Haveli, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Tripura, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh are the participating states and Union Territories.