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Everyone’s invited to your city carnival

- Steel hub will prove it can shake a leg just as well as Goa does in a fun-filled weekend

Jamshedpur doesn’t have a beach, but it does have the sun-and-surf spirits.

From vibrant kites to rock music and food kiosks to parade, the steel city is gearing up to host its first Jamshedpur Carnival-2014 on January 18 and 19 on the lines of the ones in Goa and other parts of the country.

Tata Steel will organise the carnival at Gopal Maidan, Bistupur, in association with XLRI, Jusco and Jamshedpur Hoteliers’ Association.

Speaking on the proposed carnival, Tata Steel deputy vice-president (corporate services) Sunil Bhaskaran told newsmen on Tuesday that they aimed to hard-sell Brand Jamshedpur as a winter hotspot.

“Jamshedpur is known for its cosmopolitan culture. There are big industries and institutions of repute such as the XLRI. A lot of events are hosted between November and January. Therefore, we thought of organising a carnival during this time of the year and want to make it an annual event,” Bhaskaran said at the Centre for Excellence.

He went on to say it was an ambitious venture to bring citizens on a common platform and engage them in various activities.

“The administration is also supporting our initiative,” he said.

On January 18, the two-day event will be inaugurated by T.V. Narendran, managing director, Tata Steel. It will start with a carnival parade, which will kick off from Jubilee Park and end at Gopal Maidan. Members of various social and cultural outfits, clubs and individuals will take part in the parade.

City hotelier Ronald D’Costa, who is playing a key role in making the event a success, said the carnival’s highlight would be a kite festival at Gopal Maidan on January 19, Day Two.

“We feel Jamshedpur has the potential of organising such festivals. It will also promote tourism,” D’Costa said.

Guinness world record holder Mehul Pathak, an international kite flyer, and his team from Ahmedabad will be here. Participants will make as well as fly colourful kites in the day and special LED ones, as well as paper lanterns, in the night. Around 150 schoolchildren will also take part in a kite-making workshop at Gopal Maidan on January 19.

This apart, Gopal Maidan will buzz with cultural activities. There’ll be displays of tribal martial arts firkal, performances by fire artistes from Mumbai, music by Orient Express, a Latino band from Calcutta and rockers Atripth and Bodhi Tree, bicycle stunt shows, air-shows by remote-operated aircraft models and more.

Prabhakar Singh, president, Jamshedpur Hoteliers Association, said food would be an integral part of the carnival.

“There’ll be Chinese, tandoori, Italian, Gujarati, Maharashtrian, Punjabi cuisine,” he said. Fun without food? No way.