The people of Pune will soon have the opportunity to witness the rich cultural heritage of Jammu and Kashmir through the Vitstha festival, which will be held from March 31. The festival will be held on 1st and 2nd April 2023 from 11 am to 4 pm. The festival is being organized under the initiative of Azadi Ka Amritmahotsav, Central Government Ministry of Culture, and will showcase the traditional art, food, and cultural heritage of Kashmir.
Nearly 90 Kashmiri folk artists will present their art, providing a glimpse of the splendor of Kashmiri culture. In addition to the festival, a seminar exploring the creation of Kashmir, the origin of Kashmiri words, folk dance, music, and drama has been organized. The seminar will have 20 speakers from Sahitya Akademi, who will speak on these topics.
The festival will be inaugurated by the Governor and conducted by Ramesh Bais. Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Cultural Affairs Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, and Guardian Minister Chandrakant Patil will also be present at the event.
Various performances will be presented during the festival, including santoor player Abhay Sopori, folk dances by Kashmiri artists, and Kathak dances based on Vitstha and Godavari river culture performed by dance guru Shama Bhate and colleagues. On the second day, Saurabh Jhadu and colleagues will perform the harmony music of Jammu and Kashmir, and famous singer Usha Uthap from Kolkata will sing folk songs in Kashmiri and Dogri languages.
“This festival is being held for the first time in Pune, and it is expected that the people of Pune will enjoy the festival and learn about the rich cultural heritage of Jammu and Kashmir,” informed Dr Prafulla Pawar, Registrar, SPPU.