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Capital eyes cultural festival

Ranchi, May 24: The capital might soon host a cultural festival aimed at showcasing the heritage of eastern and northeastern states of the country.

Indian Society for Cultural Cooperation and Friendship, an organisation working to promote harmony between diverse cultures, discussed the modalities of choosing Ranchi as the venue for its zonal festival at its two-day national council meeting.The meeting began at HRDC Hall in Gossner compound today.

The final decision regarding the venue and the dates for the cultural festival will be taken on Sunday.

“Selection of Ranchi as the venue is not yet final. Cities like Cuttack are also being considered. Anyway, we will announce the venue and dates tomorrow,” said Abdul Kamal Rashidi, general secretary of the state unit of the cultural outfit.

Rashidi further said they were planning to facilitate cultural exchange programmes among states. “This will help people of one state understand and appreciate the culture of another. Such initiatives also play a role in building cultural bonds,” he said.

Narayanan T, secretary of the Kerala unit of the outfit, said they had been organising such festivals across the country for many years.

“Conservation and promotion of our cultural heritage is essential for maintaining the identity of our people. We also organise national-level festivals. But in many cases, people are not able to travel to faraway locations. Regional level festivals ensure participation of more people,” he said.

Rashidi informed that troupes and artistes from all the eastern and north-eastern states would be invited to participate in the proposed festival.

“The rich cultural heritage of states like Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Bengal, Assam and all north-eastern states will be highlighted during the event,” he added.

Besides holding a meeting on policy matters, the cultural outfit also organised a seminar on ‘Challenges of composite heritage’ on Saturday afternoon.