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String of cultural events to mark 100 years of New Delhi

delhi Updated: Sep 01, 2011 12:27 IST
Atul Mathur
Atul Mathur
Hindustan Times
Atul Mathur

The Capital will host a string of cultural events to celebrate 100 years of laying the foundation of New Delhi.

The cultural events will include dance, music and light shows, plays, competitions and food events, showcasing the rich cultural and heritage value of New Delhi.

Senior Delhi government officials said they have prepared a proposal, which will be presented to the chief minister sometime next week.

While the government will start organising the cultural and entertainment events after the monsoon, officials said they are proposing month-long celebrations in November- December.

The heritage monuments and government buildings would also be decorated.

On December 12, 1911, Delhi was proclaimed as the new Capital of British India and the government shifted from Calcutta to Delhi. In the next 20 years, new buildings like the Parliament House, the Secretariat and the President’s house and other government buildings were built and called the New Delhi.

Senior Delhi government officials said the tourism department has been appointed as the nodal agency. The art and culture department of the Delhi government, the Archaeological Survey of India as well as the ministry of culture in Central government will also participate in the celebrations.

“The cultural extravaganza organised during the Commonwealth Games was a huge success and had earned appreciation from everyone. Cultural events during the “100 years celebrations” of New Delhi would also be organised on the same lines. A meeting has been called next Tuesday where the plan would be discussed and is likely to be given a go-ahead by the chief minister,” a senior Delhi government official said.