The celebration of freedom and glory continues in Delhi

  • Torsha Sen, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 15, 2016 13:37 IST
Buildings of national importance in New Delhi have been lit up for the celebrations. (Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)

If you are thinking that with the long weekend gone by, the celebrations for Independence Day is also over, then it’s time to visit the Rajpath, to be a part of Bharat Parv, a week-long cultural festival, which is on till August 18, and celebrate the 70th year of the nation’s independence.

Minister of state for culture and tourism Mahesh Sharma watches performance of folk artists at the inauguration of Bharat Parv, organised as part of Independence Day celebrations, in New Delhi on Friday. (PTI)

The Parv (festival) has been organised by the Ministry of Tourism and Indian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC). Piyush Tiwari, director, commercial and marketing, ITDC says, “Such celebrations at Rajpath on the Independence Day is a first. Until now, Independence Day events have been limited to the PM’s address from the ramparts of the Red Fort. Celebrations are also taking place between Man Singh Road and Janpath.”

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There will be cultural programs and sumptuous cuisine from various states for people to enjoy. One big stage has been set set-up, along with small stages on the north and south sides of Rajpath lawns for the cultural programs. The cultural events start at 6pm and goes on until 9 pm every day.

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“During the festival one can get an essence of various states as there are pavilions, which have been put up to highlight their contributions in the country’s Independence, cleanliness, and development activities,” adds Tiwari.

Members of Siddi Goma tribes of Gujarat perform at the inauguration of Bharat Parv in New Delhi on Friday. (PTI)

What: Bharat Parv

Where: Rajpath, India Gate

When: On till August 18, timing: 12pm to 10pm

Nearest metro station: Central Secretariat on the Yellow Line

Important: Carry a valid identity card for entry

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