7th ‘Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav-2018’ from January 14-20 in Karnataka

To celebrate the idea of unity in diversity, the Ministry of Culture is organising the 7th edition of the Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav (National Cultural Festival) under the Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat matrix in Karnataka beginning tomorrow.
Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers and Parliamentary Affairs Ananth Kumar and Union Minister of State for Culture Mahesh Sharma will inaugurate the Mahotsav at the Jnana Jyothi Auditorium, Palace Road, Gandhi Nagar, Bengaluru.
The ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ programme was launched by the Prime Minister on  October 31, 2016, to promote engagement among the people of different States/UTs so as to enhance mutual understanding and bonding between people of diverse cultures, thereby securing stronger unity and integrity of India.
The State paired with Karnataka is Uttarakhand. The Mahotsav will cover a profusion of art forms from classical and folk, music and dance, theatre to literature and the visual arts and would offer the chance to experience the best in established and emerging virtuosity. A Handloom and Handicrafts Utsav is part of the event. The gastronomic culture of several partnering states will be showcased through a food festival.
The Mahotsav will be spread across venues in Bengaluru from January 14–16, Hubli–Dharwad on January 17–18 and Mangaluru on January 19–20.
Cultural Utsavs will be held at all the venues in Karnataka. In addition to the cultural fiesta, a gamut of events have been planned for the Mahotsava in Bengaluru.
At the Manikyavelu Mansion (National Gallery of Modern Art), an exhibition will be held on Nicholas Roerich, a Russian artist, writer, theosophist and archaeologist who lived and died in the Himalayas.  
A slide–talk presentation on artists from Uttarakhand will be held on January 15 between 5.00 pm – 6.00 pm.
At the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, (Southern Regional Centre), an exhibition on Uttarakhand will be held, curated by IGNCA, New Delhi.
Screening of films on Almora Ramleela and Pandavleela  will be held at the Jnana Jyothi Auditorium (main venue) between 3.00pm – 5.00pm. ‘Celebrating our plural traditions, Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat’ will be held from  7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
A Handloom and Handicraft Utsav will be organised by the Zonal Cultural Centres in partnership with state governments. Live demonstration of different crafts from Uttarakhand will be held at the main venue.
A Food Festival with 6 traditional cuisines from different states with a special focus on Uttarakhand will be held from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
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