Bollywood playback singer -- Monali Thakur, Himachal folk singers -- Vicky Chauhan, Neelam Sharma, Reena Thakur, Kaku Chauhan, Shiv Dutt Thakur and Punjabi folk singer -- Jasbir Jassi and Kritika Tanwar would regale the audience during a three-day Shoolini fair beginning from June 21.
Chief minister Virbhadra Singh would inaugurate the fair after receiving the palanquin of goddess Shoolini near old vegetable market at Chowk Bazar area.
Talking to mediapersons, deputy commissioner Madan Chauhan said that the fair would start with shobha yatra of goddess Shoolini through the main bazaar and Mall Road after performing traditional pooja in temple. The yatra would terminate at the temple of goddess Durga at Ganj bazaar, where goddess Shoolini would stay as a guest with her elder sister for three days.
The chief minister after receiving the palanquin of goddess would also inaugurate the exhibition of various departments at historic Thodo ground.
The first cultural night would start with the special prayer of lord Ganesha and goddess at Thodo ground. Chauhan said that on the first night, bollywood playback singer Monali Thakur, besides the artists of North Zone Cultural Centre Patiala with Himachal folk singers would entertain the audience.
The DC said that the movement of vehicular traffic would remain closed from deputy commissioner office to old bus stand from June 20 to June 22 between 8am to 10pm during the fair. To strictly maintain law and order during the fair, the officers of DSP and ASP ranks besides executive magistrates and Solan SDM would supervise the security arrangements, he said. The entire town has been divided into four sectors and a “quick reaction team” and mobile police team have also been constituted to deal with any eventuality. Besides, the cops in plain clothes and commandos would also be deployed, he further added.
On the second night, Himachal folk singer Vicky Chauhan, Neelam Sharma, Reena Thakur, Kaku Chauhan, Shiv Dutt Thakur and local folk singers would present their cultural programme. Social justice and empowerment minister DR Shandil would be the chief guest.
On third night, Punjabi folk singers Jasbir Jassi and Kritika Tanwar and Himachal artists would regale the audience. Governor Urmila Singh would be the chief guest on the occasion.
The DC said that besides cultural programmes, badminton, volleyball, karate, kick boxing, tennis, table tennis, wrestling, flower show and painting competitions would be other attractions of the fair.