Mahesh Sharma at the inauguration of the “Deep Dharohar”, Ministry of Culture’s function to celebrate Deepawali, in New Delhi on October 13, 2017.
Mahesh Sharma at the inauguration of the “Deep Dharohar”, Ministry of Culture’s function to celebrate Deepawali, in New Delhi on October 13, 2017.

Deep Dharohar festival underway to reclaim lost classical and folk traditions of Deepawali

The Deepawali of 2017 is seen a lot of debate over the Supreme Court led ban on sale of crackers in Delhi. There are many, who are trying to give a religious perspective to the entire issue, although the main aim of the said decision is to save the people of Delhi and Neighbouring state from evils of pollution.

Debate is for good for health of democracy and so is the present festival presently underway in New Delhi. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (Independent charge) for Culture inaugurated “Deep Dharohar” organised by the Ministry of Culture on 14 October 2017The festival was inaugurated by the lighting of 1000 diyas by the participating artists and artisans and children from organisations like the CCRT, SAPNA Prayas and Kailash Satyarthi’s foundation, to the beat of pakhawajs, nagadas, dhols etc.

Mahesh Sharma releasing a book “Living Traditions, Tribal and Folk Paintings of India”, at the inauguration of the “Deep Dharohar”, Ministry of Culture’s function to celebrate Deepawali, in New Delhi on October 13, 2017.

Mahesh Sharma releasing a book “Living Traditions, Tribal and Folk Paintings of India”, at the inauguration of the “Deep Dharohar”, Ministry of Culture’s function to celebrate Deepawali, in New Delhi on October 13, 2017.

To reclaim the lost classical and folk traditions of Deepawali and with objective of transmitting, promoting and conserving India’s diverse heritage, Ministry of Culture has organised has ed this festival at the Matighar grounds at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts at Janpath, New Delhi between October 13-17 October 2017. The festival is drawing upon the rich repository of red, grey and black ware potters, reed (sikki) artisans, rural sculptors, weavers, Madhubani, Gond, Phad and Pattachitra artists, lacquer workers, bell-metal and bamboo artisans is also being projected as part of Paryatan Parv being organised by Ministry of Tourism. In addition to the above, several performances, art and craft workshops and artist’s corners have been planned between 11 am – 8.30 pm every evening.

The Minister released a book entitled ‘Living Traditions, Tribal and Folk Paintings of India’ published under the matrix of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ by the Cultural Mapping team of the ministry of  Culture and Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT). This book celebrates the rich living traditions of tribal and folk art of India and the seminal role they play in the day-to-day lives of tribal and rural people.

A group of 100 artisans chosen by the Zonal Cultural Centres and knowledge partners from seven regions of the country are interfacing with organisations like the Asian Heritage Foundation, INTACH’s Intangible Cultural Heritage team, Dastkaari Haat Samiti, Centre for New Perspectives, TRIFED etc. for creative collaboration in creating sustainable livelihood hubs/clusters.  The diyas and other traditional Deepawali-linked products created by them are being sold at the venue.

News Update| Harsh Vardhan and Mahesh Sharma to flag-off Mini-Marathon as Part of ‘Clean Air’ Campaign on 15 October 2017

Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Harsh Vardhan and Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Mahesh Sharma, will flag-off a Mini Marathon, as part of the Clean Air campaign, from India Gate on October 15, the birth anniversary of former President, Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam. The campaign is being launched to create a mass movement for reducing air pollution. The idea behind the campaign is to entrust a sense of responsibility among people, so as to consider clean air as a collective responsibility. In order to achieve the objective of Clean India in a true sense, clean and pollution-free air needs to be a priority.

Taking forward the momentum of ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ and extending the ‘Harit Diwali-Swasth Diwali Campaign’, the campaign for ‘Clean Air’ – “Swachh Hawa for Swachh and Swasth Bharat”, is being launched by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. “Swachh and Swasth Bharat cannot be achieved without Swachh Hawa”.

Air pollution is one of the pressing environmental challenges being faced at present. With the onset of winters, increased emissions from various existing sources and burning of crop residues, coincides with adverse meteorological conditions. The month of October 2017 is also important, as India is hosting the FIFA U-17 World Cup. The Government has been taking various steps to address the issue.

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