‘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.