The Telegraph
Wednesday , January 22 , 2014
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Ace performers line up for fest

- Sufi, qawwaali treat at Bodh Mahotsav

A galaxy of stars would descend in Bodhgaya for the three-day International Bodh Mahotsav from February 4.

Cultural troupes from seven countries, noted Sufi singers the Wadali Brothers from Amritsar, qawwaal Nazir Ahmed Warsi from Hyderabad and Nritarutya from Bangalore, who performed on the 70th birthday of Amitabh Bachchan and Lakme Fashion Week would perform during the three-day event.

Chief minister Nitish Kumar would inaugurate the event on February 4 evening at Kalchakra ground, around 200m northwest of the World Heritage Mahabodhi Mahavihara.

The Mahotsav is being organised jointly by the tourism department and the district administration. The Bodhgaya Temple Management Committee (BTMC) would co-ordinate the events. Aimed at promoting tourism, the Mahotsav was started in 1998 when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the Prime Minister. Since then, the Mahotsav is being organised every year in Bodhgaya.

BTMC secretary Nangzey Dorje said: “Cultural troupes from Thailand, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Vietnam and South Korea would perform cultural shows on the opening day.”

District land acquisition officer Prabhat Kumar Jha, who has been given the responsibility to finalise the events, said: “Cultural troupes from most of the states in India would also perform. It is for the first time that cultural troupes from abroad, including South Korea, Vietnam and Myanmar would perform at the Mahotsav. We have invited the Wadali Brothers from Amritsar, qawaal Nazir Ahmed Warsi and Nritarutya to perform on opening day of the event.”

He added that all of them have given their consent. Jha said: “Cultural programmes for the second and third days are being finalised.”

On Tuesday, artistes from Delhi were seen erecting a pandal at the Kalchakra Maidan with Buddhist architecture in the background. Lord Buddha in the meditation posture will be shown in the background of the stage where artistes will perform the programmes.