The 5th edition of Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav was inaugurated at Tawang by Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu on March 23. A huge gathering welcomed the cultural extravaganza at the picturesque township as locals, villagers and artists participated in a road show.
“A huge crowd gathered to witness the rich diversity and uniqueness of Indian culture at the festival. Shops and commercial establishments were closed as we all wanted to participate in the festival,” said Thinley Tsering, a resident of Tawang.
Speaking at the inaugural function, Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu said that the festival will help people know about the various rich cultures of India. Welcoming the artists from various places, the chief minister said that the initiative will help promote tourism and enrich people-to-people connect.
Organised by the Union ministry of culture, the Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav aims to celebrate the spirit of tradition, culture, heritage and diversity of the country. The main objective of the cultural extravaganza is to preserve, promote and popularize the heritage, diversity and unity of Indian culture and reconnect the new generation.
In the festival, around 5,000 artists from Northeast and 2,000 artists from across the country will showcase India’s cultural heritage through folk and classical art forms in all its dimensions – dance, music, theatre and puppetry. About 300 art forms are being showcased in the cultural festival.