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A three-day festival -- 'Kashi Utsav' being organised by the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA) began here at the Rudraksh International Cooperation and Convention Centre

A three-day festival -- 'Kashi Utsav' being organised by the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA) began here at the Rudraksh International Cooperation and Convention Centre on Tuesday.

IGNCA director Priyanka Mishra said that the programme is being hosted on behalf of the Union Ministry of Culture with the support of the Uttar Pradesh government and Varanasi administration under the aegis of 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav'.

Varanasi has been chosen for this festival because of its rich cultural heritage, splendid history and resplendent beauty.

A theme has been dedicated to each day of the festival, which include 'Kashi ke Hastakshar', 'Kabir, Raidas ki Bani aur Nirgun Kashi' and 'Kavita aur Kahani - Kashi ki Zubani'.

The first day will focus on eminent literary figures, including Bhartendu Harishchandra and Jaishankar Prasad while the second day will highlight prominent poets, Sant Raidas and Sant Kabirdas and the final day will have Goswami Tulsidas and Munshi Premchand as the focal points.


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