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Govt hires Mumbai firm for state bash

Ranchi, Nov. 7: Jharkhand today handpicked Mumbai-based event management firm Ferriswheel to host a starry 13th Statehood Day on November 15 with the theme of youth and skill development.

Jharkhand, unlike Chhattisgarh, won’t boast the star power of Kareena Kapoor. The state event at Birsa football stadium in Morabadi, will boast TV couple Aamir Ali and Sanjeeda Sheikh. The state, which has Dhoni as its most famous son, will fittingly have star emcee in the form of television’s poster girl for cricket, Mandira Bedi.

Prince Dance Group, the Odisha troupe in India’s Got Talent, will also perform.

Ferriswheel will ensure glitch-free events by coordinating with participants and organisations, said Ranchi DC Vinay Kumar Choubey.

According to the tentative November 15 schedule, the three-hour event will begin from 3pm with a presentation by Jharkhand Armed Police (JAP) band once VIPs arrive. Aerial stunts, choppers showering flowers and speeches of dignitaries will follow suit.

Cultural events, presentation of the state’s objectives for 2012-13, parades by schoolchildren, felicitations, light, sound and laser shows will all jostle to provide wholesome entertainment.

“We’ve given Ferriswheel the rough outline of programmes. Now, it is up to it to give the event a grand look,” said a senior official.