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Leg-up for maiden carnival

Jamshedpur, Jan. 18: Steel city denizens were up on their feet today to show their sporting side on the first day of Jamshedpur Carnival-2014.

The event was a parade, which was flagged off by Dhalbhum subdivisional officer Prem Ranjan in the presence of Tata Steel vice-president (corporate services) Sunil Bhaskaran and Jusco managing director Ashish Mathur from JN Tata’s statue in Jubilee Park.

Ranjan lauded Tata Steel for organising the festivities in association with XLRI, Jusco and Jamshedpur Hoteliers’ Association.

The vibrant gathering, comprising members of socio-cultural outfits and commoners, walked 2km till Gopal Maidan in Bistupur, where the main event was held. They grooved to music played by Calcutta-based Latin-American band Oriental Express, which performed on a trailer moving along with the parade.

Teams from Sunny Bhangra Group and Nepali Samaj upped the festive quotient with their folk dances, while tribal groups performed with dhols and nagaras.

The fun mood rubbed on Bhaskaran and Mathur as well and the senior officials shook a leg or two.

Traffic was restricted to one gate of Jubilee Park, while the other was reserved for the parade. Volunteers and police remained on their toes to ensure a hassle-free rally.

At Gopal Maidan, students of Loyola School presented a band performance, while Marwari Yuva Mahila Manch presented Ghumar dance. Tribal dance forms Paika and Dasai were reserved for the evening. XLRI students’ rock band, Bodhi Tree, also put up a show. For foodies, 10 stalls served a variety of delicacies.

“I am enjoying a lot. I not only watched some entertaining performances, but also ate great food. Such events should be held every year,” said businessman Sanjeev Chaudhary.

Homemaker Shanti Aiyar had come with her infant daughter. “I’ll come in the evening too,” she said.

Tata Steel managing director T.V. Narendran will inaugurate a kite festival on Sunday. Guinness world record holder Mehul Pathak and his team from Ahmedabad will participate in the festival. Participants will get a chance to learn making and flying kites. At night, LED kites and paper lanterns will light up the sky.