Petal shower from helicopters, parades, light and sound shows and Chhau performances — it promises to be a grand 13th Statehood Day for Jharkhand with the state art and culture department gearing up to make it an unforgettable experience.
In accordance with this year’s theme — youth and skill development — the state has elaborate plans of roping in child artistes to enthral the audience during the three-day celebrations, starting November 15.
Featuring high on the state’s wishlist are names of 11-year-old Soumya Rai, of Dance India Dance Little Masters fame and that of 15-year-old Deepak Tirkey, who became a star on the television show Chak De Bachche.
Plans are also afoot to bring on board popular Hindi poet and humorist Surendra Sharma, who is expected to tickle the funny bone of the audience on Day One’s Hasya Kavi Sammelan.
Soumya and Deepak would take the stage on November 16 and 17 respectively. Noted Ranchi-based theatre artiste Ajay Malkani, and his troupe Yuva Rangmanch, is scheduled to stage a play on November 16.
Speaking to The Telegraph on Thursday, director of the state arts and culture department Sant Kumar Verma said the idea this year was to pack in as many events as possible.
“The celebrations will kick off with parades and a flypast by helicopters, which will shower petals on the audience. Apart from the usual cultural programmes, we will have a Chaau performance by Prabhat Kumar Mahto of Seraikela-Kharsawan on November 16,” Verma said.
He added that the department was also mulling a short song and dance function by students from various schools.