THE NATIONAL-level cultural festival for school children – Balrang – will be held on the premises of the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (IGRMS) on November 15 and 16.
About 400 students from 19 different States and Union Territories and 600 students from across the State will participate in the colourful festival-cum-competitions being jointly organised by the State School Education Department and the IGRMS.
About 4,000 students from Bhopal will participate in various events, principal secretary of the School Education Department IS Dani said at a press conference on Monday.
Balrang will formally be inaugurated at 11.00 am on November 15 by Governor Dr Balram Jakhar in the presence of School Education Minister Dr Narottam Mishra. Minister of State for School Education Paras Jain will also be present. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will be the chief guest at the valedictory function at 4 pm on November 16.
Students will be coming in from Chandigarh, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Uttaranchal, Punjab, Andaman and Nicobar, Himachal Pradesh, Orissa, Rajasthan, Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram, Assam, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
The objective is to bring about a feeling of unity and integrity among children and to expose them to cultural and natural diversity of the country, IGRMS director Dr K K Basa said.
The festival will include a national-level folk dance competition wherein students will be allowed only to present folk-tribal dances from their own States and no recorded music will be allowed.
Apart from this State-level cultural and academic competitions will be held in the form of debate, instant speech, antakshari, doha recital, instrumental music, folk dance and classical dances. For disabled children – singing, instrumental, solo dance, mono acting and instant speech competitions will be held.
Debate and group discussions on adolescent education will also be held. Debate, kat competition and quiz for Madarsa students and debate, speech, shloka recital, quiz, antakshari and Veda recital for Sanskrit students will be the other events.
Apart from competitions and events, an exhibition on the varied cultural heritage of the country will be put up by local organisations including schools. This exhibition will showcase the life of various communities in the country.
Other exhibitions include a philately exhibition on Gandhiji and freedom struggle by the Posts and Telegraph Department, a children’s book exhibition by National Book Trust, a special traffic awareness exhibition by the Traffic Police Department of the State and an exhibition by the Regional Natural Science Museum wherein the spinal cord of a whale and the fossil of the Narmada valley dinosaur (rajasorus narmadensis) will be exhibited along with other interesting exhibits.
On November 17, participants will be taken to Sanchi, where they will be administered oath to protect national heritage and not to disfigure archaeological monuments by the Bhopal office of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
Commissioner of Public Instruction L S Baghel, director of the department J C Bhatt and coordinator of Balrang D K Jain were present at the press conference.