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Guj CM attends ‘Indra Dhanush’, a cultural extravaganza of Gujarat’s vibrant art forms at Rashtrapati Bhavan

Gujarat Chief Minister Smt Anandiben Patel attended a cultural extravaganza of folk dances and Music of Gujarat last evening at the Rashtrapati Bhavan as part of its ‘Indra Dhanush’ cultural series. Gujarat is the first state selected by the ‘Indra Dhanush’ series as part of its endeavour to showcase the richness, diversity and magnificence of states of India.

More than 125 artists from Gujarat exhibited their talent represented in devotional singing by Padhars community, Garbo performed during Navratri to worship Goddess Shakti, Maniaro-Mer-Ras featuring vigor and robustness of Mer warrior community, Aradhi Bhajans sung by Kutchi nomads, Dangi Kahalya Nritya from the tribal belt of south Gujarat and Mishra Ras performance reproducing Shri Krishna’s Ras Leela.

A significant glimpse of the event was a contemporary dance show ‘Gujarat Gatha’ which presented an ode to a timeless and treasured cultural legacy of Gujarat visually unfolding places of pilgrimage, heritage monuments and the contribution of leaders like Sardar Patel and Mahatama Gandhi. The finale of the program concluded with Vande Matram.

President Shri Pranab Mukherjee felicitated the artists and troupe leaders and presented them with mementos.

Gujarat Governor Shri O P Kohli, Gujarat Speaker Shri Ganpatsinh Vasava, Gujarat’s Minister of State for Culture Shri Nanubhai Vanani, former deputy Prime Minister Shri L K Advani, National BJP President Shri Amitbhai Shah, Gujarat Chief Secretary Shri G R Aloria and other dignitaries also graced the event co-ordinated by the Department of Sports, Youth and Cultural Activities, Government of Gujarat.

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