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Colourful start to ?Balrang 2006?

NATIONAL CULTURAL congregation of schoolchildren ?Balrang 2006? began today at the open air stage located on the premises of the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya amidst the presence of hundreds of enthusiastic children from different regions of the country.

india Updated: Jan 13, 2006 14:03 IST

NATIONAL CULTURAL congregation of schoolchildren ‘Balrang 2006’ began today at the open air stage located on the premises of the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya amidst the presence of hundreds of enthusiastic children from different regions of the country.

One of the important highlights of this event being organised at the national-level for the first time in the country is that children themselves inaugurated it. Children attired in colourful costumes declared the two-day cultural festival open by lighting a lamp before the picture of Goddess Saraswati.

They also released colourful balloons into the air marking the beginning of the festival. Principal Secretary, School Education, Anshu Vaish, was specially present on the occasion.

The festival being organised with an objective to strengthening the spirit of national integration, unity and patriotism among the children and to make them sensitive towards social values began with the presentation of folk dances by the students of various divisions of the State. Students of Sagar division performed “tiger dance”. This was followed by Baredi dance of Bundelkhand, tribal dance (performed on arrival of crops) of Hoshangabad and Falgun dance “Falgun Aayo Re”.

Over 500 children drawn from nearly 15 states, from north-east to south, are participating in this cultural meet being organised under the joint auspices of the School Education Department, Madhya Pradesh and Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya.

The children are from Orissa, Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Chandigarh, Uttaranchal, Andhra Pradesh, Tripura, Sikkim, Mizoram and Manipur.

Under the national Bal Rang 2006, various national folk dance competitions and State-level competitions are being organised. The winning team of national folk dance competition would be presented first prize of Rs 11,000, second prize of Rs 7,000 and third prize of Rs 5,000 with a trophy.

The meritorious students of the State would be honoured with the Balshree Samman in the Balrang festival. A programme has also been chalked out to take all the participants of the festival on the trip of important tourist spots in the capital

First Published: Jan 13, 2006 14:03 IST