Meenakashi Lekhi launches an All-India dance competition ‘Vande Bharatam-Nritya Utsav’ as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav

New Delhi : The Ministry of Culture will hold a ‘Vande Bharatam- Nritya Utsav’, an All-India dance competition as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. The objective of this competition is to select dancers who will perform during the cultural programme at the Republic Day Parade of 2022. The final performance will take place on January 26, 2022 at Rajpath, India Gate. The Minister of State for Culture Smt. Meenakshi Lekhi announced this during a press briefing today in New Delhi. On this, occasion Smt. Meenakshi Lekhi also launched the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav App.

Meenakshi Lekhi informed media that Vande Bharatam group dance competition will start from 17th November 2021 at district level. Competition will be held at District, State, Zone and Inter-Zone/National Levels and final National Level competition will be organised on 19th December 2021 in Talkatora Stadium New Delhi. Participants can perform in four categories Classical, Folk, Tribal and Fusion/Contemporary. 480 dancers will be eventually selected as winners from the National level. These 480 dancers will perform during the cultural performance at the Republic Day Parade.

The Minister said that the Prime Minister has envisioned Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav in the spirit of Jan Bhagidari. It is important to take the celebrations and programmes to the grassroot level involving the people across the country. Also, connecting the youth to our heritage and culture is an essential component of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, she explained.

Meenakashi Lekhi also emphasized the need to highlight the unsung heroes of freedom struggle. She further add added that we have to take the entire country forward with a spirit of Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat.

Lekhi also informed that Culture Ministry has developed a website and mobile application especially for this event; which will cover all aspects of the event and provide information regarding the competition to the people. “District level participation will be accepted through the website and/or mobile application. This will showcase the guidelines and other useful information regarding the competition”, She added.