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Lights, camera, carnival!

The event: Dhanbad Mahotsav

The place to be: 24-acre green lung Birsa Munda Park, Nawadih

When: For three days between January 31 and February’s first weekend

USP: Catching Dhanbad’s soul. Promoting the scenic coal hub and Birsa park as tourism hotspots, showcasing the district’s rich culture

Brainchild: Organisers Birsa Munda Park Samiti and Dhanbad Zilla Sanskritik aur Krida Parishad

Mahotsav magic: Songs, dances, a ballet, a laser show, Bollywood Superstar Nite and more

Celeb count: Singers KK, Abhishek Kumar and Puja Chatterjee, danseuse-actor Mamata Shankar

Home glam: Live shows of Abhishek and Puja who had charmed a nation on Indian Idol.

Manaitand-based rock band Spandan

Eyeball grabber: Bollywood Superstar Nite with KK on Day 3

Close second: Schoolchildren performing group dances at the park’s open-air theatre. Fantastic choreography conceptualised by schools. Costumes that took one straight to the land of fables and fantasy. Chhau, kathak, bhangra and more brought alive the magic of the diversity


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