Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav
Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav
The Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav was conceptualised by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, in 2015 “to celebrate the spirit of tradition, culture, heritage and diversity”. The festival aims to “preserve, promote and popularise the heritage of Indian spirit and reconnect the new generation” with our culture”. It has been instrumental in presenting folk and tribal art, dance, music, cuisines and culture of one state in other states to achieve the cherished goal of “Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat”.
Simultaneously, the Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav has provided an effective platform for the artists and artisans to support their livelihood. Past editions of the Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsavhave been held in cities and states such as New Delhi, Varanasi, Bengaluru, Tawang, Tehri, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and Mumbai.
The twelfth edition of the festival was held under the aegis of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, an initiative of the Government of India to “celebrate and commemorate 75 years of independence and the glorious history of its people, culture and achievements.” Spread over seven days in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, it was staged in Rajahmundry on 26 and 27 March, in Warangal on 29 and 30 March and Hyderabad on 1, 2 and 3 April. Audiences in these cities were treated to dance recitals by Aloka Kanungo, Ananda Shankar Jayant, Jayaprabha Menon, Padmaja Reddy and Parampara Foundation and music performances by Hyderabad Brothers, L. Subramaniam and Kavitha Krishnamurthy, P. Jaya Bhaskar, Shankar-Eshaan-Loy, S. P. Charan, S. P. Sailaja, Sunitha and Vandemataram Srinivas.
The festival also included stalls to showcase a variety of craft traditions across India, an exhibition on prominent Telugu freedom fighters by the Ministry of Culture and Regional Outreach Bureau, Hyderabad and a painting exhibition dedicated to freedom fighter Alluri Sitarama Raju by the Madeti Rajaji Memorial Art Academy.
The 2023 edition of the Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav was held between 11 and 19 February.
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How To Get There
How to Reach Hyderabad
1. By Air: The nearest airport is the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport.
2. By Rail: Being the headquarter of the South Central Railway, Hyderabad is well connected with all the major cities of India, including New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Visakhapatnam, Bengaluru, Kochi and Kolkata. There are railway stations at Nampally and Kachiguda. Trains leaving from these two stations can also be boarded at the Secunderabad Railway Station.
3. By Road: Regular services of state roadways and privately-owned buses are available from the Hyderabad Bus Stand. Roads are well linked with important cities and states. You can also hire rental cars or taxis to get to your desired destination.
- Food stalls
- Free drinking water
Items & Accessories to Carry
1. Carry summer clothes to beat the humidity.
2. Sandals, flip flops or sneakers (perfect option if it’s not likely to rain).
3. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations.
4. COVID packs: Hand sanitiser, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate are things you should keep handy.
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