A six-day ‘Bharat Parv’ (India Festival) will be organised by the Union tourism ministry in coordination with other ministries and departments to mark the Independence Day next month, official sources said on Wednesday.
The event, beginning August 12, will be organised at Rajpath near India Gate to celebrate the country’s independence and also promote the spirit of patriotism among citizens and give a boost to tourism, official sources said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union ministers will attend the event. About 100 stalls will be set up to display handicrafts of various states.
Among states, Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Nagaland, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Odisha will bring local associations and cultural groups to showcase diverse flavours of the country, official sources added.
There will also be separate pavilions for states to display their tourism products, cultural heritage and developmental progress.
The event would also have performance by armed forces bands. The historic India Gate would also be kept illuminated during the event, which will be inaugurated on August 12, 2016 at 5 PM. The celebrations will conclude on August 18.
There will be 50 stalls dedicated to cuisine of various regions of the country.