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Youth carnival makes gliding debut
- Rustic rhythm, rock night & water sport lined up for weekend in Ranchi

It was an adrenaline-pumping start to the three-day Jharkhhand Yuva Mahotsav-Abhivyakti on Friday with a paragliding demo and the promise of water adventures and a rock night in Ranchi.

Chief minister Hemant Soren and state art, culture, sports and youth affairs minister Geetashree Oraon launched the festival formally at the Hotwar State Museum, while events on Day One spanned another venue ó the Army Ground in Rampur.

The opening ceremony included a splendid performance by Gotipua artistes, an acrobatic tribute Krishna leela, a show by students of St Michaelís Blind School and an array of folk dances by a Gumla troupe, besides slum children.

More than 2,000 artistes have arrived from far-flung districts like Sahebganj, Godda, Pakur, Garhwa, Palamau, Giridih, Koderma, Deoghar, Simdega, East Singhbhum, Dumka, Lohardaga, Chatra, Bokaro, Dhanbad and Hazaribagh, besides Ranchi.

The rustic and colourful extravaganza will continue till March 2. The venues include Ram Dayal Munda Kala Bhavan, the state museum auditorium, Sido-Kanhu Velodrome, Army Ground and Kanke dam.

Day One saw events like debate and rang yatra at Ram Dayal Munda Kala Bhavan. Curator of the state museum Md Sarfruddin said children from all districts had got an opportunity to showcase their talents. ďWe selected the final performers on the basis of trial rounds,Ē he added.

Day Two of the carnival will witness events like one-act plays, mime, folk dance, classical dance, contemporary dance, extempore, painting and clay modelling. These will be followed by dinner, camp fire and a rock night.

Expert paraglider Captain Ajit Singh will host the power sport at Army Ground in Rampur. The activity team, which tested their gear on Friday, will open the sport to public from 2pm on Saturday. Powered paragliding can be done for three hours till 5pm.

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