The celebration highlighted a vital part of the journey of 75 years of independent India and showcased the relationship between the productivity of mother earth and the sustainability of India as a progressive society.
Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is an initiative of the Government of India to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of progressive India and the glorious history of its people, culture, and achievements. The amalgamation of celebrating 75 years of independence with “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” and the different harvest festivals across the country highlight the embodiment of all that is progressive about India’s socio-cultural, political, and economic identity. The colourful Umang of Rangoli making and vibrant Udaan of Kite Flying was celebrated today (January 14) amongst cultural performances. The occasion was graced by the Minister of State for Culture Meenakshi Lekhi and Minister of State for Textile Darshana Vikram Jardosh. Secretary Culture Govind Mohan and Secretary Textiles Upendra Prasad Singh were also present on this occasion.
“Umang and Udaan”, representing the colours of rangoli and the flight of the kites symbolising our vibrant culture, were celebrated across 18 states and Union Territories at more than 70 locations to showcase the event. Be it Uttarayan in Gujarat and Rajasthan, Lohri in Punjab Pongal in southern regions, Makar Sankranti in Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, the essence of celebration remains the same. These truly represent the spirit of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat, which is embodied in our culture all around us.
MoS Textile Darshana Vikram Jardosh, while celebrating the Harvest Festival, mentioned the importance of nature, its productivity and its relationship with the people of India.
MoS Culture Meenakshi Lekhi commended the efforts of all the people across the country celebrating the festival and its culture, maintaining the norms to keep safe against the pandemic. The celebration also marks a tribute towards people who have contributed to making India a progressive society.
Secretary, Ministry of Culture Govind Mohan highlighted the importance of Harvest festivals as the vitality of agriculture and its produce in the country and how these festivals celebrate this important part of Indian society.
Secretary, Ministry of Textiles Upendra Prasad Singh, mentioned the importance of art and handicraft in the beauty of the celebration of Harvest Festivals. These handicrafts are not only representative of our culture, but also a significant means of livelihood in India.
Interesting conversations with local artisans and kite flyers who make kites highlighted the beauty of-the-art form that is celebrated as a festival across the country. Bright coloured kites, spools and their coloured threads painted a perfect picture in the Indian skies, symbolising reaching out to everyone beyond boundaries. People shared their stories from Ahmadabad in Gujarat to Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh or Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh to Hyderabad in Telangana, celebrating nature’s most important gift. Apart from these, people from Jodhpur in Rajasthan and Patna in Bihar also joined in with their celebrations. They also expressed their gratitude towards the Ministry of Culture for allowing them to express their views. These local flavours create a beautiful picture of “Unity and Diversity” present in our country.
Cultural performances by tribal communities made the occasion vibrant and musical. This celebration highlighted a vital part of the journey of 75 years of independent India and showcased the relationship between the productivity of mother earth and the sustainability of India as a progressive society.
The event culminated with an expression of “New India” that progresses while celebrating its culture. The amalgamation of flying high like kites and keeping its feet deep-rooted in its traditions and values. (PIB)