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“I feel privileged to have been invited to Bihar,” said the celebrated bhajan singer Anup Jalota, who performed at the SK Memorial Hall here on Tuesday as part of Bihar Diwas celebrations to mark the 99th year of Bihar’ foundation.
“There is great hunger for spiritual music in Bihar. I get immense affection from the people of Bihar. I try to come to Bihar whenever I get a chance,” said Jalota.
Asked whether popularity of spiritual music has witnessed a decline in recent times, Jalota said: “Spiritual music will never see a decline in demand. Bhajan soothes the soul and is directly connected to the heart. It is an inseparable part of human life.”
Noted vocalist of Patiala gharana, Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty, who also performed here on Tuesday, said, “I have come to Bihar after a gap of 15 years. Bihar has a rich cultural heritage, which is getting revived after a long period.” Chakrabarty performed at the Indira Gandhi Planetarium here.
However, he feels that passion for classical music in Bihar has taken a downswing recently: “About 25 years ago, night-long classical performances would take place during Durga Puja. But the yearning for classical music is much less in the state today.”
Chakrabarty, who has been awarded Sangeet Natak Akademi award and also Padmashri, said, “An exclusive national channel for classical music is likely to be launched by the end of this year. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has given an assurance to this effect to the representatives of All India Music Group.”
Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, the celebrated santoor player, also performed at the SK Memorial hall on Tuesday.
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As the sun set on March 22 in the backdrop of heavily illuminated and richly decorated Gandhi Maidan in Patna, Bihar entered into the cen-tenary year of its creation. A hundred bunches of colourful balloons were released from various corners of the sprawling ground to mark the historic event. And a little earlier, 99 tiny (earthen lamps) were floated in the specially crafted water body.
On Tuesday, Bihar completed 99 years of its notification as a separate state and entered into its hundredth year. To mark the occasion, history and heritage of Bihar were splashed on the canvas of the historic Gandhi Maidan where a huge crowd had gathered to be part of this historic mo-ment. Chief minister Nitish Kumar, who is credited with conceiving the idea of holding the Bihar Diwas celebrations not only in the state but across the world, called upon them to help Bihar progress with honest commitment and fight for its rights united.
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‘Rhythm of Bihar’ and ‘Bihar Gaurav Gaan’, songs on the state’s glory, will set the tone and tenor for inauguration of Bihar Diwas celebrations at the historic Gandhi Maidan here on Tuesday evening.
With the CM floating 99 diyas in the temporarily built pond at the ground, symbolising the 99th year of Bihar’s foundation, year-long festivities will kick-off around the globe only to culminate in 2012.
CM Nitish Kumar, accompanied by HRD minister P K Sahi and principal secretary Anjani Kumar Singh, took a brief overview of the preparations made at Gandhi Maidan on Monday after inaugurating a book fair.
As many as 10 books on Bihar, including a 200-page illustration on monuments of Bihar and a children’s book ‘Atkan-Matkan’ are likely to be released by the CM.
Soothing to the eyes are stylistically carved sculptures and enamouring paintings displayed at the ground by talented artists from not only Chennai and Mumbai but also Switzerland, UK and Holland. A portrait of Mauryan king Ashoka by Rajat Ghosh, a renowned artist, looks intriguing.
A “Vyanjan mela”, to tickle the taste buds of the public, will also kick off here, serving special Bihari cuisine.
Besides enjoying Maithili and Bhojpuri folk songs at the elaborately built stage here, Patnaites can also enjoy a national volleyball championship to begin here on March 22. As many as 14 teams are participating in it, including five women’s teams.
A mobile exhibition depicting the five years of Bihar’s progress and a CD containing songs on Bihar’s glory have been made by the state information and public relations department. Copies of the CD would be sent to schools, cultural centres, TV channels and jails for popularising these songs among the masses.
An array of artistes, including santoor player Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma and ghazal singer Anup Jalota, will perform at the S K Memorial Hall. While violin and classical singing event will be held at the planetarium, sufi and folk song programme has been planned at Rabindra Bhawan. Bal Natya Mahotsav and Kavi sammelan will be held at Kalidas Rangalaya and L N Mishra Institute respectively on the inaugural day.
In course of celebrations across the state, cleanliness drive will be undertaken through ‘shramdaan’ at village level, followed by cultural programmes. Kavi sammelan, street plays, health camps, marathons and sports activities will be held at all the districts. Events will also be held at the university, college and school levels as well.
Buildings, both private and government, have been tastefully decorated and illuminated, including the state legislature complex, secretariat buildings and local police stations. President Pratibha Singh Patil will inaugurate the year-long centenary celebration of the Bihar Vidhan Parishad on Tuesday.
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PATNA: The celebrations of the Bihar Day on March 22 will cross the boundaries of the country. The 99th foundation day of Bihar will be celebrated with gaiety and fervor in several countries where the state’s culture and cuisine will be on display with Indians, mostly Bhojpuri-speaking people, singing and dancing to the tunes of Bhojpuri lyrics and watching Bihar’s heritage and Bhojpuri films on screens.
California and New Jersey in the US, Sydney in Australia, Seoul in South Korea, Qatar and Bahrain in the Gulf, besides Canada and Trinidad are the countries which will observe Bihar Day with pomp and grandeur.
At all these places, the celebrations will be held under the banner of the Bihar Foundation. Foundation executive officer K P Ramaiah said all the materials concerning Bihar Day have been dispatched to those places. It includes CDs of documentary films on Bihar’s heritage, Bhojpuri movies, songs, books, paintings etc.
Ravi Verma in California and Veerendra Kumar in New Jersey, Shekhar Kishore and Amit Das in Sydney, Ghyasuddin Ahmad in Manama (Bahrain), Shakil Kakvi in Doha (Qatar) and Vibhuti Vikramaditya in Seoul are the Foundation representatives who are making preparations to arrange the gala events where the colours of Bihar will be on display. The colours of Holi, the piousness of Chhath festival, the folklores like Alha, Bidesia of Bhikhari Thakur and Vidyapati songs will be enjoyed by the people at the functions, who will also relish Bihari cuisine.
Ramaiah said, “We don’t have Bihar Foundation chapters in Canada and Trinidad but Bhojpuri-speaking people there have planned to observe the day. We are extending them support.”
The people, who lead the Foundation chapters, are mostly in jobs or trade in those countries, but spare time to arrange social get-together and cultural events, he said.
The Bihar Diwas will be observed in London under the banner of the Bihar Development Foundation (UK) which is engaged in charity work and has also arranged a function to mark the day last year.
Source: The Times of India
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A handloom and handicraft exhibition -cum- fair got underway at the Pragati Maidan in New Delhi on Monday as part of Bihar Diwas celebrations. It will continue till April 5.
State industries department has been given charge of the event while Bihar’ Industrial Area Development Authority (BIADA) is hosting it. The exhibition would also showcase Bihar’s historical and cultural heritage.
According to a BIADA release, as many as 40 stalls have been put up at the exhibition to display Bhagalpuri silk, Mithila painting, Siki products, Bhabhua stone elephants, Mahishi jewellery, Motihari’s terracota products, jute products, Nepura silk of Nalanda and the famous handloom bedsheets of Biharsharif.
State department of art and culture has lined up several cultural events at the venue. In addition to daily programmes, a special cultural event would be held on March 26 at the Hansh Dhwani Theatre at Pragati Maidan, at which Padmashree Sharda Sinha would perform.
IMA symposium: As part of Bihar Diwas celebrations, the Indian Medical Association (IMA)’s Bihar state branch, Bihar State Health Society and A K N Sinha Institute jointly organized a symposium at which the participants discussed the contributions of doctors in the state’s health sector.
Inaugurating the function, principal health secretary C K Mishra lauded the contributions of the doctors in this regard.
IMA’s national vice-president Dr Vijay Shankar Singh, who was the chief guest on the occasion, expressed his satisfaction over the developments made in the health sectors. He said development in health sector depends on several factors and the state government has taken care of all the factors.
Kilkari: Kilkari Bihar Bal Bhawan celebrated Bihar Diwas with much fanfare. Children made a “rangoli” measuring 10,000 sq feet, depicting the images of the glorious past of the state, including Buddha stupa, Ashok chakra and Yakshini. A drama on Srikant’s play “Main Bihar Hun” was also staged by the children.
Source: The Times of India
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