The majestic Red Fort looked glittery and grand with multiple lights and colourful decor. Dalmia sponsored cultural programmes, food and craft stalls, and interactive session throughout the festival attracted the crowd from old Delhi as well from across the city.
The event sought to celebrate the multi-faceted history of the country and the 17th-century historic Red Fort, sponsored by the Dalmia group. ‘Bharat Bhagya Vidhata’ Red Fort festival brought together a curation of the rich cultures and heritage of our nation from Rajasthan to Maharasthra and everywhere else.
The celebration was conceptualised by the Union Ministry of Culture, and Dalmia Bharat Limited, which was selected as a ‘Monument Mitra’ to adopt and develop tourist amenities at this iconic 17th-century heritage site. The festival was inaugurated by the Union Minister of Women and Child Development Smriti Irani.
It featured a thematic fusion of Indian art, heritage, culture, cuisine and more. The cultural extravaganza was part of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, which celebrates the completion of 75 years of India’s independence. From now on, the festival will take place every year as a reminder of Indian cultural and historical diversity.
“The inaugural Red Fort Festival – Bharat Bhagya Vidhata highlights our culture and traditions as has never been seen before. We hope that this will enable visitors, and especially our youth, to build connections between our nation’s current progress and our ancient glory, by understanding values that are India-centric as well as globally relevant,” said Puneet Dalmia, Managing Director, Dalmia Bharat Limited.
Highlights of the festival included ‘Mathrubhumi’ – Projection Mapping Show on the ramparts of Red Fort, Yatra – An Immersive Experience, artists of India performing on the ‘Rang Manch’, ‘Bharat Gaurav Exhibition’, ‘Satrangi’ – Handicrafts & Textiles Showcase and lot more.
The giant ferris wheel and ice rink in the ‘Khel Gaon’ was especially set up for kids visiting the venue. With the sun setting in the background, the whole arena was lit up with multi-coloured lights.
Another aspect which made the Red Fort festival unique is the interactive experience including VR experiences, life-side representations of different historic events and eras and more. Partnered with All India Radio, a small radio station was also set up. People passing through the section were being asked to share their experience and thoughts with the Radio Jockey as played by a theatre artist.
The event featured regional cuisines of Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and other states and cultural performances to pay tribute to the country’s history and rich diversity. The festival aims to improve the livelihoods of artisans from across the country by showcasing their authentic art, craft and textile.
The festival promised a rich visual treat to promote heritage conservation and tourism. The festival, which started on 25 March, was on from 11 am to 10pm till 3 April.
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