Himachal to add more attractions to Kullu Dussehra festival

Shimla/August 24
Himachal’s Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Saturday to add more attractions to International Kullu Dussehra Festival that will be celebrated from October 14-20 this year.
Himachal’s Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh while presiding over a meeting of the State-level Kullu Dussehra Organizing Committee said that week-long famous International Kullu Dussehra Festival will be celebrated with traditional fervour from 14-20 October this year and directed the officials to take necessary steps for highlighting the traditional customs and rich folk culture of the State during the festival.
“Rath Yatra of leading deity Lord Raghunath Ji on the inaugural day was the traditional affair and main attraction of the festival, which should be highlighted properly,” Singh said, while directed the festival authorities to explore the possibility of running commentary of the Rath Yatra on the analogy of ‘Rath Yatra’ of Jagannath Puri.
Singh said variety of cultural programmes depicting rich culture and folklore of State should be given more importance and efforts should be made to invite the best cultural troupes from different parts of the Country and abroad as well. He suggested that competitions based on folk dance and folk music instruments should also be organized in the day time along-with evening cultural program for the entertainment of the tourists and local people. He said that winners of these competitions should be suitable rewarded. He also directed for proper arrangements and providing best possible facilities and remuneration to the accomplice of Deities.
The chief minister said that fairs and festivals of state were playing a vital role in preserving and promoting traditions and cultural heritage, and Kullu Dussehra was among one of the International Festival of the State like Shivratri fair of Mandi, Summer Festival of Shimla, Lavi of Rampur and Minjar of Chamba districts.
“We have taken up matter with Government of India for a grant of Rs 40 lakh for providing tent facilities to the deities and their accomplice during the festival. Further, sports events and an attractive exhibition depicting latest developments in various sectors will also be organized during the festival,” he said.
Meanwhile, Principal Secretary Language, Art and Culture Upma Chaudhary said that best cultural troupe from State, India and abroad would be invited to the Festival. “Efforts are being made to organize famous Ramyan show of Shri Ram Bhartiya Kala Kendra Delhi and North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC),” Chaudhary said.