Mahasanskriti Festival starts in Gadchiroli.

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Ms. Ayushi Singh inaugurating the festival as Mr. Dhanaji Patil and others look on.

Gadchiroli Feb. 17 (District Correspondent) The ‘Mahasanskriti Mahotsav’ organized by the department of cultural affairs and district administration started on Friday night on the grounds of MIDC here.

The festival was inaugurated at the hands of Zilla Parishad Chief Executive Officer Ms. Ayushi Singh by lighting the traditional lamp. Additional Collector Dhanaji Patil, Assistant Collector Omkar Pawar, Additional Chief Executive Officer Rajendra Bhuyar, Social Welfare Assistant Commissioner Dr. Sachin Madavi were prominently present on this occasion.

On the very first day there was a feast of Marathi and Hindi songs sung by noted singers Sudhir Phadke and Asha Bhosle which were presented by playback singers Rishikesh Ranade and Anandi Joshi. The young singers mesmorized the audience with the beautiful and melodious songs like ‘Fulale Re Kshan Maze, Toch Chandrama Nabhat, Jambhul Piklya Zadakhali, Ka re durava, Man Udhan Waryache’ etc. The music lovers also applauded these songs and gave their spontaneous response.

Through the festival, local artistes are getting a rightful platform to present their skill and art. Various cultural programs have been organized for the next four days, informed Ms. Singh and appealed the people to take advantage of this opportunity.

The various programmes like folk art of Dandar, Gondhal, rela dance, Lavani, zadipatti dramas, comedy shows etc will be presented upto February 20 in this five-day festival. Mr. Harichandra Borkar of Zadipatti Group will perform the Rela Dance and the Lawni of famous dancer Megha Ghatge are also going to be presented during the festival.

The five-day program will be open for all. Additional Collector Dhanaji Patil has made an appeal to attend these programmes in large numbers.

POOR RESPONSE—Though the district administration has made elaborate arrangements and publicity for this festival and though attractive programmes were organized, there was not seen expected response from the people. Most of the chairs in the pandal were vacant. It seemed that the Gadchirolians turned their back towards this festival. The long distance of the venue from the city of Gadchiroli could be one of the reasons, it is estimated. The programme should have been organized in the middle of the city to facilitate the people to attend conveniently, it is felt here.

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