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Three-day mega festival in coal town
- Music, dance and art regale visitors; park hopes to shore up revenue

Cheers became louder as Dhanbad’s Birsa Munda Park reverberated with the sound of music and dancing on Friday.

The three-day Dhanbad Mahotsav — organised by Birsa Munda Park Samiti and Dhanbad zilla sanskritik and krida parishad — kicked off at the Nawadih green lung.

The brainchild of Dhanbad deputy commissioner Prashant Kumar, the event is being hosted to offer a platform to budding artistes of Dhanbad. Also, the authorities, who are facing difficulty in maintaining the park, will be able to generate sufficient revenues through more sale of tickets.

The festival has lined up a string of cultural performances that are sure to wow the audience.

Day One started with a drawing competition at the open-air theatre. A flower exhibition was also held.

It was followed by a performance by Manaitand-based rock band Spandan. They first started with the Sufi number Piya re and then belted out a medley of old and new tracks, including Mere Sapano Ki Rani and Bachano ae Hasino.

The evening brought along a Chhau dance drama. Singers Abhishek and Puja Chatterjee of Indian Idol fame also regaled the audience.

Day Two will see a performance by Mamata Shankar’s ballet group. But the best has been saved for the last day when Bollywood singer K.K. will set the stage on fire.