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Pune festival will begin from September 5, Pune festival Photos

posted by Shwetha M R on 12:30 PM |                      >> 0 Comments

The 20th Pune Festival will begin on September 5. A fusion of music, dance and melody, the opening ceremony of the festival, scheduled to take place at Ganesh Kala Krida Manch, will be inaugurated by Industry Minister Ashok Chavan. The festival will continue till September 14.

Suresh Kalmadi, chairman, Pune festival said, “The inaugural ceremony includes awards to eminent personalities from various fields. This year, awards will be given to actor Nilu Phule, wrestler Harishchandra Birajdar and badminton quarter finalist in Beijing Olympics Saina Nehwal”.

He said, “As this is the 20th year of the festival, we are starting an academy that would promote local talent on a national level”.

What Pune is most known for, is the Pune Festival, which is held during the The Ganesh Mahotsav initiated by Tilak, today is celebrated with great enthusiasm, as city interiors almost remain blocked for ten days. Pune has more than 2000 mandals with Dagdusheth Halwai, the biggest and the most famous one.

Sawai Gandharva, which started way back in 1960s, has had every Indian and international artist perform and has given rise to a number of budding ones too. It is held in the months of December from dawn to dusk over three days.

The Osho festival is another international crowd puller in Pune. Held in the Osho Aashram in Koregaon Park, disciples and followers of Bhagwaan Rajneesh make it a point to attend.

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