The Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat programme was launched by the Prime Minister on 31st October, 2016 to promote engagement amongst the people of different states/UTs so as to enhance mutual understanding and bonding between people of diverse cultures, thereby enhancing stronger unity and integrity of India. The State paired with Karnataka is Uttarakhand. The Mahotsav will cover a profusion of art forms from classical and folk, music and dance, theatre to literature and the visual arts and would offer the chance to experience the best in established and emerging virtuosity. A handloom and handicrafts-utsav is part of the proposed event. The gastronomic culture of several partnering states will be showcased through a food festival.
The Mahotsav will be spread across the following venues in Karnataka:
- Bengaluru on 14 – 16 January
- Hubli – Dharwad on 17 – 18 January
- Mangaluru on 19 – 20 January
Cultural utsavs will be held at all the venues in Karnataka. In addition to the cultural fiesta, a gamut of events have been planned for the Mahotsava in Bengaluru:-
At the Manikyavelu Mansion (National Gallery of Modern Art)
- Exhibition on Nicholas Roerich, a Russian artist, writer, theosophist and archaeologist who lived and died in the Himalayas. Gallery walk through with curator between 3.00 pm – 5.00 pm.
- Slide – talk presentation on artists from Uttarakhand on January 15 between 5.00 pm – 6.00 pm.
At the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, (Southern Regional Centre)
- Exhibition on Uttarakhand curated by IGNCA
- Screening of films on Almora Ramleela and Pandavleela between 3.00pm – 5.00pm
- At the Jnana Jyothi Auditorium (main venue)