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Lotus stage, litti and jalebi gates for Bihar Divas

Patna, Feb. 26: Preparations are on in full swing to celebrate Bihar Divas to mark the 99th anniversary of the state.

A three-day cultural and historical extravaganza would showcase the past, present and future of Bihar.

Workers from across the state have been working on massive replicas of the state’s landmarks like Asoka pillar and Patna secretariat for the event that would start at Gandhi Maidan on March 22.

Speaking to the structural designer, Alok Jain, said: “For the past one-and-half-months, it’s like giving my blood and sweat for this function and I am very grateful to the Bihar government for choosing me for this work.

The structure will comprise three stages, the main stage will be in the shape of a lotus with a 20-foot-high Ashoa pillar and a 30-foot-high rising sun as the backdrop of the stage. The stage would be 75-foot long and 40-foot wide.

“The stage would have a lotus shape because Bihar is the land of Gautam Buddha, the symbol of enlightenment, and the lotus flower is offered at His feet. More than 200 artists and specialists are working to make the event a success,” said Jain.

He added: “The other two stages will be used for cultural activities with one bearing the shape of a butterfly will be completely dedicated to children.

This year, special attention has been given on the food court as well and the entrance gate will be in the shape of Bihari dish litti and the other gate will be made in the shape of a jalebi.

Jain said: “Special stickers bearing the logo of the state and ‘Hamara Bihar’ and ‘Bihar Divas’ would be issued. The hoarding of the Bihar Divas would have paintings from Mithila and in food, litti, makhana and litchi would be served. On the heritage front, the dargah of Maner Sharif, Takhat Shri Harmandirji Patna Sahib Gurudwara, Mahabodhi temple of Bodhgaya, Jain temple of Pawapuri and Chhath festival would be shown.”

The Bihar government today officially released the Bihar Divas logo, showing the map of Bihar in orange and the Bodhi tree in the centre. Speaking on the occasion, human resource department (HRD) principal secretary Anjani Kumar Singh said: “The programme is aimed at reviving the glory of Bihar and highlighting the rich heritage of the state. The glorious history of the state, its cultural and historical heritage, traditions and achievements would be highlighted besides the achievements of the state in recent times.”

Singh also said: “The celebration of the 99th Bihar Divas will start with a three-day programme and last a whole year till March 2012, when Bihar completes 100 years of its formation. The celebration will include cultural events, folk song and dance performances, drama, kavi sammelan and food festivals at different venues like Sri Krishna Memorial Hall, Rabindra Bhavan, Kalidas Rangalaya and others.”

Singh is personally overseeing the project in which thousands of visitors would gather on March 22 to get a feel of emerging Bihar.

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