October 29, 2020 09:15 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

Mutual understanding and trust is India’s strength and all citizens should feel culturally integrated in all corners of India said Smt. Devpreet Singh, Additional Director General (North Zone), Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India. Welcoming the participants, Smt. Singh said that the role of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in unification of the country was of tremendous importance, which can be called a precursor to Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat.

Shri S. Venkateshwar, Director General (South Zone), Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India said that both Haryana and Telangana have a huge and vibrant past. He mentioned about the similarities between the two states and discussed about the cultural milieu of Telangana. 

Shri Mamidi Hari Krishna Garu, Director, Department of Culture, Government of Telangana dwelled on the various historical aspects of the state since ancient times leading to its rich and vibrant culture. He further elaborated upon the state festivals like Bonalu and Bathukamma which celebrate the spirit of womanhood. He said various exchange programmes like Kavi Sammelan etc. between Haryana and Telangana were organised under aegis of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat programme of Government of India.

Dr. Harvinder Rana, Cultural Supervisor, Kurukshetra University, Haryana explained about the different forms of folk songs and folk theatre like Saang, Jangam Jogi, Gugga prevalent in state of Haryana. He informed the participants about different festivals of Haryana and its association with day-to-day life of the people.

Dr. Jagbir Rathee, Director, Youth Welfare, Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak said the economy of Haryana is mostly agriculture based. He traced the development history of the Saang theatre form of Haryana. He appreciated the “Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat” programme’s role in promoting cross cultural exchanges between two states and said that foods festivals could help in creating further avenues for cultural exchange. 

Smt. Shruti Patil, Director, RoB, Hyderabad and Shri Anuj Chandak, Deputy Director, Regional Outreach Bureau (RoB), Chandigarh moderated the webinar. The session concluded with Shri Himanshu Pathak, Assistant Director, PIB, Chandigarh presenting a vote of thanks to all the participants. Officials of Ministry of Information & Broadcasting from Chandigarh and Telangana also participated in the webinar.

The webinar on “Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat” with focus on paired states of Haryana and Telangana was organized today by PIB & ROB Chandigarh & Hyderabad.

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