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Thursday , January 9 , 2014
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Dhanbad readies culture on a platter
- Celebs Mamata Shankar, Manoj Tiwari to regale audience at 3-day mahotsav

Dhanbad district administration is gearing up to organise a three-day cultural extravaganza in the coal capital from January 31 to February 2.

Dhanbad Mahotsav — as it is being called — is being organised with the aim to showcase the rich, colourful and at times intangible culture of the district.

Deputy commissioner Prashant Kumar said, “The festival will be inaugurated on January 31. However, we are yet to finalise on who will do the honours.”

The gala event will see renowned artistes from both Dhanbad as well as outside perform live in front of an audience at the lone amusement square of the district, Birsa Munda Park.

Among the notables are popular Bhojpuri actor-singer Manoj Tiwari and danseuse Mamata Shankar.

“We have also extended invitation to several other artistes. But till now Mamata Shankar and Manoj Tiwari have confirmed their participation,” said ADM (law and order) B.P.L. Das.

Besides, school students would perform Chhau and other forms like Kathak and Bhangra, he added.

Dhanbad sub-divisional officer Abhishek Srivastava said apart from song and dance performance, events like flower show, painting competition and a blood donation camp would also be part of the festival.

“The festival will serve the twin purpose of showcasing the rich culture of our district and project Birsa Munda Park as a hotspot. The sole objective is to promote Dhanbad as a tourist hub,” Srivastava said.

The green lung on 24 acres at Baramuri has recently been revamped for the purpose. The lawns have been spruced up and flower-bearing saplings planted. Besides, the approach roads and the cracks on the boundary walls have been repaired.

One can even smell the fresh coat of paint that the wooden and concrete structure of the park has received.

Birsa Munda Park manager Suraj Narayan Singh said the events would be held at lawn I, II and the open air theatre at the park. Separate pandals would be erected for the purpose.

“The main stage will come up on lawn I where all the cultural programmes will take place,” Singh said,

The flower show will be held on lawn II. The exhibits will come from organisations like ISM, CIMFR, Railways, Tata Steel and MADA.

“A vegetable and fruit salad-making competition will also be organised on lawn I,” Singh added. Patriotic movies would be screened at the open air theatre on all three evenings.

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