In keeping with the Prime Minister’s vision of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat, Bharat Parv is being celebrated as part of Republic Day celebrations since 2016. The tradition has continued over the past four years and the 4th edition is here now with the prime objective to generate a patriotic fervour, promote the rich cultural diversity of the country and to ensure wider participation of the general public and to popularize the idea of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat.
Organised by the Ministry of Tourism the highlights of this year are the Display of Republic Day Parade Tableaux, Performances by the Armed Forces Bands (Static as well as dynamic), a Multi-Cuisine Food Court, Crafts Mela, and Photo Exhibition by the Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity (DAVP). The event will also include IRCTC’ promotions on special tourist trains, ‘Jago Grahak Jago’ Consumer Awareness campaign, a Gandhi Gram in which 10 painting artists will create paintings on the theme of ‘Ideology of Mahatma Gandhi’, the exhibition-cum-sale of crafts items. In addition to these, the North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC) will be conducting daily Cultural Performances from different regions of the country.
Bharat Parv will be open for public from 12 Noon to 10 PM every day, from 26th to 31st January, 2019. The entry will be free. However, identity proof is to be carried for entry to the event.
The Previous editions of Bharat Parv, showcased Republic Day Parade Tableaux, Performances by the Armed Forces Bands. The other attractions were a Multi-Cuisine Food Court and, Crafts Mela, Cultural Performances from different regions of the country. The Food Court also had stalls set up by the States / UTs, National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) showcasing street food from different regions. The event also had Crafts Mela with stalls showcasing the diverse handicrafts of the country, arranged by the State Governments and Ministry of Textiles through the office of the Development Commissioner of Handicrafts. There were Theme State Pavilions where each State showcases its strength along with its tourism products.
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The major attractions this year included the replica of the Statue of Unity created by sculptor Ram Vanji Suttar and, also a Gandhi Gram in which 10 painting artists created paintings on the theme ‘Ideology of Mahatma Gandhi‘. The daily highlights of events were Display of Republic Day Parade Tableaux, Performances by the Armed Forces Bands (Static as well as dynamic), a Multi-Cuisine Food Court, Crafts Mela,Cultural Performances from different regions of the country, exhibition-cum-sale of crafts items, Yoga demonstrations and live Kitchen demonstrations. The Parv at the Red Fort, New Delhi witnessed a large number of visitors.
Congratulating the Ministries and State Governments involved in conducting a successful Parv, K J Alphons said that everyone should travel.and promote tourism in the country. The Minister added that ‘We have so much to see in this incredible nation and there is no better way to love your country by experiencing this diverse nation yourself’.
Addressing the gathering at the closing ceremony, Shri Yogendra Tripathi, Secretary Tourism said that the Parv has been true to the spirit of Prime Minister’s vision of Ek Bharat Shresht Bharat with its diverse stalls and activities from across the country. The Secretary thanked all the collaborators in conducting the activities and putting up the stalls in tune with the theme of this year’s Parv ‘Celebrating Mahatma’.
The Ministry of Tourism Digital Showcase booth in the Parv showcasing various Digital initiatives like Incredible India website, Mobile App, Virtual Reality views of Indian destinations and attractions to promote Indian destinations attracted large number of visitors who experienced VR walkthroughs of monuments/ tourism facilitated by Google Arts and Culture.
Another attraction this year was the stall on the ‘Adopt a Heritage’ project of the Tourism Ministry, where the Monument Mitras are arranging Video walkthroughs/Project awareness videos/Segway experience on the projects they have taken up under Adopt a Heritage.
27 States participated by setting up of Stalls, Showcasing their food, handicrafts and tourism products. The Central Ministries/ agencies who participated in the event include Ministry of Culture, Ministry of AYUSH, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Development Commissioner Handicrafts (Ministry of Textile), IRCTC, Rail Museum, TRIFED, Development Commissioner Handloom.