Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Academy honored Pt. Channu Lal Mishra as top personality by giving Academy Ratna award. Uttar Pradesh Culture Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Mrs. Aruna Kumari Kori presented the awards in a function held in Sant Gadgeji Maharaj Auditorium. On the occasion, the Secretary of the Department of Culture, Dr. Hari Om, Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Academy Chairman Mr. Achcelal Soni and Secretary, Mr. Jagdish Prasad and disciples including art and culture lovers and dignitaries were present.
Sun, 01-Nov-2009|Assi Ghat
Ganga Mahotsav is a five day event celebrated on the banks of the river Ganges in Varanasi. This festival is celebrated to promote Varanasi as the cultural capital of India and the Ganges as India’s lifeline. Ganga has always been an integral part of India and is considered as a thing of reverence by the Hindus. Ganga gives a sense of belonging to the people of India especially those living near the banks.
Ganga Mahotsav is organized on Dev Deepavali or the full moon day in the Hindu month of Kartik. It is believed that on the day of Dev Deepavali God descends from Heaven to take a bath in the Ganges. The banks of the river Ganga are lit with earthen lamps or diyas amidst chanting of Vedic hymns. The ghats of Ganga wear a mystic look as hundreds of people walk to take bathe in the wee hours of the holy day. Men and women take a holy dip in the river while chanting mantras and doing surya namaskar or bowing to the sun-God.
The festival also gives importance to dance and music as various cultural programmes promoting Indian dance and music are organized. Some of the exponents of Indian music have performed in this festival. They include stalwarts like Ustad Bismillah Khan, Pundit Chhanulal Misra, Girija Devi, Bal Murli Krishnan, Bhimsen Joshi, Birju Maharaj, Amjad Ali Khan, Vilayat Khan, Zila Khan, Sujat Khan and Zakir Hussein who added zest to this festival. The event is a must for all tourists to get a glimpse of the culture of Varanasi.
SPICMACAY Virasat 2009
Fri, 23-Oct-2009|New Delhi
SPIC MACAY is beginning its Virasat 2009 series in Delhi and all over the country in over 300 cities from August and it will continue till December 2009. In this series, various modules of our rich cultural heritage will be presented in schools and colleges. It will comprise of classical music and dance, folk, crafts, theatre, talks, film classics, workshops and intensives, yoga and meditation, holistic food and walks to heritage sites. About 1000 events will be conducted in India and abroad.