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Bharat Parv at Red Fort set to showcase Indian culture and cuisine

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New Delhi: The Red Fort premise is set to witness the ‘Bharat Parv’ festival from January 26, as part of the Republic Day celebrations. The fest organised is set to showcase the cuisine and culture of different states of India.

The ‘Bharat Parv’ festival will be held from January 26 to January 29.

“The prime objective of organising the event is to generate a patriotic mood, promote the rich cultural diversity of the country and to ensure wider participation of the general public,” an official release said.

The highlights of the event include performances by the Armed Forces Bands (static and moving) along with cultural performances from different regions of the country. Along with a display of Republic Day Parade tableaux, the event will feature a food festival and a crafts mela.

The festival will be open to the public from 5 PM to 9 PM on 26 January and from 12 noon to 9 PM on the 27, 28 and 29 January.

“The event is open to the public and the entry is free. However, identity proof is to be carried,” the release said.

Cultural performances will include folk and tribal dances along with a musical program by the Ministry of Culture through its zonal cultural centres. Performances by cultural troupes from the different states will also be witnessed. (Inputs from agencies) (picture courtesy: makingdifferent.com)

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Let Us Celebrate The Diversity In India: Mahesh Bhatt

Mahesh Bhatt and Shahrukh Khan stress on the diversity in India

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Film maker Mahesh Bhatt emphasizes on celebrating diversity. Wikimedia Commons

Film maker Mahesh Bhatt and Bollywood Badshah Shah Rukh Khan on Friday stressed on celebrating India’s diversity, with the auteur also lashing out against those imposing their language on the people.

“These are dangerous times. In the age of highest connectivity we are the most divided. That’s why we need story tellers to tell stories which can bring us all together. The glue that held mankind together has withered,” Bhatt said at the inauguration of the 25th Kolkata International Film Festival here.

He said it was high time filmmakers realise their responsibility to ‘whip up’ hopes of a better tomorrow, in a scenario where the “structures all around us globally are collapsing”.

“I think the story tellers must do what mamas did at home. When the house fought and children fell apart mama would bring us all together by telling us the fascinating story that kindled hope. That’s what we are celebrating here today,” he said.

Bhatt said the leaders of mankind have no solution for the problems that stare at people. “It is we film makers, we story tellers, we artists who are generous people, Who will whip out from our hearts the idea of a better tomorrow, and then point in the direction and compel people to walk in that direction”.

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King Khan expects stories that bring us together and celebrate our diversity to be made. Wikimedia Commons

Referring to ascetics Ramakrishna Paramahansa, Swami Vivekananda and Sister Nivedita, he said the great seers and sages of the country had said underlined the need to ‘speak to man in his language’.

“Don’t impose your language on people. This is a great country. And its greatness lies in its diversity. Let us celebrate this diversity,” he said, adding “As long as film makers are there, as long as artists are there, we will dare to hope and defy those who tell us to speak only one language”.

Shah Rukh in his speech hoped that wonderful films with great stories would continue to be made.

“We keep on making these wonderful films, have great stories to tell, and like Bhatt sab said, stories that will bind us together, bring us together, and celebrate our diversity, instead of questioning one another’s individuality,” he added.

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Later, in her speech, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee praised Bhatt for being “very outspoken”. “When so many people are in fear, Mahesh ji expresses his mind candidly,” she said. (IANS)