Diversity in Art forms reflect the rich cultural heritage of our country: Union Minister Kishan Reddy

Union Culture Minister inaugurates the State level final competition of Vande Bharatam, Nritya Utsav 2023 in Hyderabad

The Union Minister for Culture, Tourism and DoNER, G.Kishan Reddy emphasized the need to preserve the varied arts forms of India, which epitomize unity in diversity. Inaugurating the Vande Bharatham- Nritya Utsav in the city today, Kishan Reddy said the Union government led by the Prime Minister has taken up this programme with the objective of promoting the various dance forms of the country.

Elaborating on the event, the Union Culture Minister said, “Vande Bharatam, is a dance competition event being organized by the Ministry of Culture on behalf of Ministry of Defence, under the aegis of Republic Day Celebration-2023. Previously, this competition was organized by the Ministry of Culture during 2022 also, wherein 485 dancers were chosen from 3872 artists through a competition. This year, in consultation with the Ministry of Defence, it was decided that the theme for the Vande Bharatam Event to be showcased on 26th January, 2023 at Kartavya Path, New Delhi would be ‘Naari Shakti’.

Accordingly, the Vande Bharatam Nritya Utsav is being organized by Ministry of Culture to select around 500 participants from all across the country who would be part of a special choreographed presentation during the Republic Day Celebration, 2023 on the theme of ‘Naari Shakti’.

The Union Minister for Culture also highlighted the various measures being undertaken as part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, like the Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav, Kashi-Tamil Sangam programme and cultural exchanges as part of ‘Ek Bharat, Shrestha Bharat’. “India is leading the ‘G-20’ meetings from December 1st, 2022 and various programs will be organized to reflect Indian culture in more than 250 places in 55 cities across the country during the next year”, the Minister informed.

One of the State level final competitions of Vande Bharatam, Nritya Utsav was held in Hyderabad today by the SCZCC, Nagpur in which about 200 participants from the States of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana performed. Hon’ble Culture Minister was the Chief Guest during the event held at NIMH Auditorium, Secunderabad. Officials from the Ministry of Culture, Cantonment Board Vice Chairman Ramakrishna, NIMH Director Major Ram Kumar were present on the occasion.