Festival

First Pondicherry International Film Festival

The festival organized by Pickurflick and Puducherry Tourism Department, which will begin on September 26, will be hosted at Puducherry. The inaugural edition of the festival will focus on the cinema, art, and culture of France, which is the partner country for the five-day long event. The mega festival will also promote Puducherry as a tourist destination.

‘Sangita Kalanidhi’ award for Aruna Sairam

Carnatic vocalist Aruna Sairam has been selected for this year’s ‘Sangita Kalanidhi’ award of the Music Academy. Veteran Mridangam artiste ‘Thanjavur’ R Ramadas was selected for the ‘Sangita Kala Acharya’ award. The ‘Sangita Kalanidhi’ and other music awards would be presented at the ‘Sadas’ of the music festival on January 1, 2019.

Telangana allocates 15 Cr for Bonalu festival

Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao instructed officials to release Rs. 15 crore for organising Bonalu festival. Bonalu is an annual festival of Telangana celebrated in twin cities Hyderabad and Secunderabad and other parts of Telangana. It is celebrated in the month of Ashada Masam, in July/August. The current governor of Telangana is E. S. L. Narasimhan.

Sindhu Darshan Festival begins in Ladakh

The 3-day annual 22nd Sindhu Darshan Festival will be celebrated on the bank of Indus River in Ladakh region of J&K. The Festival organised by Sindhu Darshan Yatra Samiti & will be inaugurated by RSS General Secretary Bhaiya Ji. The programme is focused on national integration, communal harmony, and national pride. It was started by the former Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani in 1997.

Theatre personality Sukracharya passes away

Noted Assamese theatre personality Sukracharya Rabha, famed for his open-air theatre festival, died on 9th May. Rabha founded ‘Badungduppa’, a rural-based theatre centre at his village Rampur. Rabha promoted the Rabha culture and the language using theatre as a medium.

Pawel Pawlikowski won the best director award

Poland’s Pawel Pawlikowski won the best director award at the 2018 Cannes film festival for his love story “Cold War”. Cold War is the 1st Polish film to compete for the Palme d’Or award since Roman Polanski’s ‘The Pianist’ scooped up the major award in 2002. Set against the background of the Cold War in the 1950’s in Poland, the film depicts an impossible love story in impossible times.

Shoplifters won Palme d’Or 2018

The Japanese family drama Shoplifters has received the coveted award for best film, the ‘Palme d’Or’, at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. ‘Shoplifters’ has been hailed as a modest masterpiece from a veteran filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda that centres on a small-time thief who takes a young girl home to his family. The Palme d’Or is the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival.

Anindita got Jayadev Rashtriya Yuva Puraskar

US-based Kathak dancer Anindita Anaam was honoured with the prestigious ‘Shri Jayadev Rashtriya Yuva Pratibha Puraskar 2018’ for outstanding contribution to the field of art. The award was presented to the Kathak exponent during the ‘Jayadev International Dance Festival’. The festival is organised under the aegis of Odisha’s culture department and National Culture Mission.

Children’s theatre festival in Kolkata

7 : Children of various theatre groups from eight countries besides host India will take part in an International Children’s Theatre Festival in the Kolkata. The eight countries are France, Slovenia, Swaziland, Mexico, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh. The festival, organised by the ‘Kolkata Eso Natak Shikhi’, is based on the theme “Safe Drive Save Life, Save Kids’ Life”.

Delhi to host Festival of Bharat

Delhi will host a six-day-long Festival of Bharat between May 9 and May 14 as a 21st century tribute to the majesty and depth of India’s civilization. The event will be held at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) in New Delhi. Scholars, Grammy award winning artistes, rising new stars and prominent public figures will be in attendance.

India to organise cultural festival in Egypt

India is organising a 5 day cultural festival in Egypt to commemorate the 157th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore. Festival is being organised by Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture, the cultural wing of Indian Embassy in Cairo. An exhibition of paintings of Tagore titled ‘Rabindranath Tagore: Rhythm in Colours’ will be held at Museum of Ahmed Shawky at Giza.

RSM 2018 to be celebrated in Uttarakhand

Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav 2018 will be organised by Ministry of Culture in Tehri, Uttarakhand under the Ek Bharat Shreshta Bharat. It is the 19th edition & will be organised from May 25-27 2018, with its important thrust being presenting uniqueness & rich diversity of Indian culture Tehri Lake Festival will be a part of RSM 2018, where Uttarakhand Tourism organizes water sports for people.

Manipur’s Shirui Lily festival began

Manipur’s five-day Shirui Lily State Festival commenced on 24th April in the Ukhrul district headquarters.The festival, organized by the State Tourism Department, aimed to spread awareness and conserve the endangered state flower ‘Shirui Lily’, while also promote the hill district as a potential tourist destination.The campaign is organized by The Giving Tree and Hill Wild.

Dharmendra to be Conferred With Raj Kapoor Lifetime Achievement Award

Veteran Bollywood actor Dharmendra will be conferred with the prestigious Raj Kapoor Lifetime Achievement and filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani with Raj Kapoor Special Contribution awards. Maharashtra Culture Minister Vinod Tawde announced the names of the winners. The state government-instituted awards will be given away at the 55th Maharashtra State Marathi Film Festival.

Assam’s Spring Festival began

The 2-day Assam Spring Festival began at the Manas National Park on 7th April, where visitors will get to experience the state’s local food, music, handloom and handicrafts.The aim of the event is to promote the local food and culture of the fringe villagers. The National park which is also a tiger and rhino reserve covers five districts of Assam.

International Yachting Festival begins in AP

International Yachting Festival was inaugurated in Andhra Pradesh on 29th March. The festival is being conducted by Andhra Pradesh Government and is being held from March 29 to April 1. The Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT) is facilitating necessary support for conducting the festival. International Yachting Festival is the first step in developing sea tourism in Visakhapatnam.

Manipur celebrates its New Year

Sajibu Nongma Panba Cheiraoba, the New Year of Manipuri lunar calendar was celebrated with gaiety and fervour in Manipur on 18th March. The festival was celebrated on the first day of the Manipuri month, Sajibu, which usually falls in the month of March end or early part of April. Sanamahi, the domestic deity of the people of Manipur is worshipped on this day.

President releases commemorative coins

President Ram Nath Kovind released Rs 1,000 and Rs 10 commemorative coins on the occasion of Nabakalebar festival. The government had announced the release of the coins marking the festival which is a symbolic recreation of sibling deities — Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra. The commemorative coins were released at a function of Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan at Puri in Odisha.

Chandigarh to host Sports Literature Festival

Chandigarh will host Play Write 2018, India‘s first of its kind ?Sports Literature Festival? on March 17-18. The ?Sports Literature festival? will feature ten interesting sessions covering games like Hockey, Cricket, Marathon running, Soccer, Boxing, Women‘s Rugby and Kabaddi etc. Play Write is being organised under the ambit of the Vibrant Networking Forum.

PM Modi’s rakhi sister passed away

Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s rakhi sister Sharbati Devi passed away in Dhanbad at the age of 103. She had hit the headlines last year when she met Prime Minister Modi at his official residence in Lok Kalyan Marg on Raksha Bandhan. The 103-year-old, who had lost her brother 50-years-ago, had a desire to celebrate the festival with the prime minister because she missed her deceased brother.

Winter Paralympics officially begin

The largest ever Winter Paralympics were officially inaugurated in freezing conditions at the Olympic Stadium in Pyeongchang, South Korea. A record 567 athletes from 48 different nations paraded into the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium to officially commence the 10-day festival that runs till March 18. A neutral Paralympic athletes team consisting of Russian competitors is also participating.

International Yoga Festival Held In Rishikesh

Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat inaugurated the week-long 29th annual, world-famous International Yoga Festival (IYF) in Rishikesh‘s Parmarth Niketan. The IYF offers daily classes from 4 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. with more than 80 revered saints, yogacharyas, presenters and experts from nearly 20 countries around the world.

Silver Jubilee of Losar festival

Buddhist Community of Itanagar celebrated the silver jubilee of the Losar Festival. The festival was full of cultural presentations from across the state, including the colourful Bhutanese and the Gorkha Cultural programs. For the locals, Losar gives them a good harvesting year ahead. For the Buddhist community, the festival is termed as the ‘New Year’ according to their Buddhist calendar.

Namaste Shalom, a magazine launched

Dr Jitendra Singh launched the social media of ?Namaste Shalom?, a magazine devoted to India-Israel relations. The festive occasion of Holi coincided with the Jewish festival of Purim. The magazine is edited by former MP Shri Tarun Vijay. Israeli Ambassador to India, Mr. Daniel Carmon and other dignitaries were also present.

Guwahati organises festival ‘Aadi Mahotsava’

On 23rd February 2018, ‘Aadi Mahotsava’, a tribal festival organized by Assam, began at Gandhi Mandir Indoor stadium, in Guwahati, Assam.The ‘Aadi Mahotsava’ is held for 10 days. It was inaugurated by Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. ‘Aadi Mahotsava’ celebrates the art and culture of tribal communities.

44th Khajuraho Dance Festival Held In MP

The 44th edition of Khajuraho Dance Festival 2018 was held at Khajuraho temple, a UNESCO world heritage site in Madhya Pradesh.Khajuraho Dance Festival is an annual cultural festival that highlights the richness of various Indian classical dance styles. The 6-day festival showcased classical dances including Kathak, Odissi, Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathakali and Mohiniattam.

CBFC clears S Durga without any cuts

Malayalam film S Durga, which was dropped from the IFFI last year, has been cleared by the censor board without any cuts.Directed by Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, the film is about the patriarchal society of Kerala.It has won the Hivos Tiger Award in 2017, and Golden Apricot at Armenia’s Yerevan Film Festival in the category Int. Feature Competition. It is the only Indian film to win the title.

Buddhist Fest ‘Global Shanti’ kicks off

The ‘Global Shanti: Amaravati Buddhist Heritage Festival’ has kicked off in Andhra Pradesh.The three-day festival, organised by the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Authority, aims to set a world record for ‘largest online chanting session’.More than 1000 monks from various countries including like China, Myanmar, Japan, Thailand will participate in the festival.

Benegal Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award

Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) committee has decided to bestow V. Shantaram lifetime achievement Award to veteran film producer and director Shyam Benegal.He will be awarded a trophy, cash price of 10 lakh rupees, a certificate and a shawl by Governor of Maharashtra C. Vidyasagar Rao. Benegal has been selected for his contribution to the promotion of the documentary movement.

International Bird Festival To Be Held

A three-day international bird festival will be held at the Dudhwa National Park, Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh in February 2018.Nearly 200 leading ornithologists expected to attend. The purpose of the international bird festival is to promote eco-tourism in Dudhwa and to give it a distinct international identity besides highlighting its traditional Tharu arts, culture and heritage.

4th India International Science Festival

The fourth edition of the India International Science Festival was held in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.The 1st IISF was held at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) New Delhi. India had also set a Guinness Book of World Records when 2000 school students performed two experiments at the Festival.

Sur Fest to be named as Sur Girija Fest

22 : An annual classical music festival in the city will now be christened as ‘Sur Girija Devi Festival’ in tribute to the late Thumri queen.The festival, to be held on February 4 is organised by Debapriya Adhikary and Samanwaya Sarkar, disciples of Girija Devi. In the past three editions, it was called ‘Sur Festival, from now on, it will be ‘Sur Girija Devi Festival’.

Ramayana festival with ASEAN nations

The five day Ramayana festival with the ASEAN nations will kick off in Delhi.The festival seeks to underline the common cultural heritage and India’s friendship with ASEAN nations. It will see the participation of 10 countries which will stage various episodes of Rama story, through a harvest of sights and sounds, nuanced interpretations & revelations.

International Camel festival

The two-day long, 25th International Camel festival has kick-started in Rajasthan’s Bikaner district.Organised by Department of Tourism, Art & Culture, Bikaner Camel Festival is a yearly event in Jan that the city celebrates in honour of ship of the desert, Camel. Scores of beautifully decorated camels from various regions were witnessed on the first day of the festival.

World’s largest ice festival in China

34th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival, world’s largest ice festival started on January 5, 2018 in Harbin (north-east China).The festival will continue through late February. Some of this year’s work centres around Chinese President Xi Jinping’s major foreign policy is also captured in art at this festival.

Int. kite festival begins in Gujarat

The international kite festival which attracts kite flyers from across the country and the world began on Sunday in Ahmedabad. The international kite festival was inaugurated by Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani at Sabarmati Riverfront. The state government-sponsored festival will culminate on January 14, which is celebrated as Uttarayan (Makar Sankranti).

171st Araadhanai Music Festival Begins

The 171st Araadhanai Music Festival of one of the Trinities of Carnatic music Saint Thyagaraja begins in Thiruvaiyaru, Tamil Nadu.The main function of the festival – the choral singing of Thyagaraja’s five kritis in Ghana ragas – will be held on his Samadhi day.Saint Tyagaraja, was one of the greatest composers of Carnatic music, a form of Indian classical music.

Festival to revive tourism in the hills

Darjeeling will host the 5-day Teesta Rangit Tourism Festival 2017.The 4-month strike has severely affected tourism, one of the biggest sources of income in the Darjeeling hills.The festival will be held in phases in different hill towns. It will be held from Dec 27 to 29 in Darjeeling; Dec 28 and 29 in Kurseong; Dec 29 and 30 in Kalimpong; and Dec 30 and 31 in Mirik.

Mystic Kalinga poetry fest takes off

Mystic Kalinga, the international festival of poetry and performances, kicked off in Bhubaneswar.The central theme for this year’s festival is: “Aseema” – Transcending Boundaries. Mystic Kalinga is an extension of Kalinga Literary Festival. The Kalinga Literary Festival is organized every year in the month of June by Odisha Media info Service Private Ltd and Odisha Diary Foundation.

7th Int. Coffee Festival in Bengaluru

23 : The seventh edition of the India International Coffee Festival (IICF) will be held in Bengaluru from January 16-19.The four-day IICF 2018 is being organized by the India Coffee Trust and State-run Coffee Board to promote the Indian coffees globally.IICF 2018 would be a precursor to the International Coffee Organisation’s World Coffee Conference being hosted by India in Bengaluru in 2020.

2nd edition of Serendipity Arts Festival

The Second Edition of Serendipity Arts Festival is being held in Goa from 15th to 22nd December 2017.The uniqueness of the festival is that it does not focus on a single art form.It brings together craft, music, theatre, culinary arts visual arts and photography.

Lakshmi to Receive ‘Power Of One’ Award

6 top diplomats, including an India’s Lakshmi Puri, have been felicitated with Diwali “Power of One” award at the UN headquarters. They have been felicitated for their contribution to help form a more “perfect, peaceful and secure world”.The awards were presented on the occasion of the first anniversary of the US Postal Service’s issuing of a forever Diwali stamp last year.

Cannes to honour Piyush & Prasoon Pandey

Cannes International Festival of Creativity is set to honour Piyush & Prasoon Pandey with Cannes Lions’ Lifetime Achievement Award.The Lion of St. Mark is the highest honour that Cannes International Festival of Creativity bestows on creative geniuses within the communications industry.Pandey brothers are not only the 1st Asians to win the award, but are also the 1st from WPP to be awarded

Bhave to get Kalamaharshi Baburao Award

Noted Marathi filmmaker Sumitra Bhave will be honoured with the Kalamaharshi Baburao Painter Sanman, instituted by the Kolhapur International Film Festival.Sumitra is a filmmaker working predominantly in Marathi cinema and Marathi theatre.Bhave along with Sukthankar have made 14 feature films, more than 50 short films, and 4 TV serials.

BIMSTEC festival of Buddhist heritage

A 3 day festival themed on Buddhist heritage kicked off in Delhi as part of the celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of BIMSTEC.Bodhi Parva: BIMSTEC Festival of Buddhist Heritage is an opportunity to reemphasise & celebrate strong Buddhist cultural heritage shared by all member states.It will feature a choir, screening of films on Buddhism, dance & music, quiz show based on Buddhism.

Festival of Bharat

Festival of Bharat, a 4 day festival to be held in Rajasthan from March 1-4 next year will celebrate essence of the country. Backed by Ministry of Tourism’s Incredible India campaign & supported by Art of Living, the 1st edition of the gala will take place at Tijara Fort-Palace. It will consist of a live music festival, literary fest talks, yoga retreat, organic Holi party & organic food fest.

Tendu leaf bonus festival inaugurated

The Tendu leaf bonus festival kicked off in Chhattisgarh, and Chief Minister Raman Singh distributed bonus to the tendu leaf collectors of Bastar and Bijapur.The 10-day festival began from the Bijapur district.In addition to increasing the tendu leaves collection rate from Rs 1800 to Rs 2500 per sack, Mr Singh also announced a bonus to the collectors.

Hornbill Fest celebrations in Nagaland

On December 1st 2017, Shri Ram Nath Kovind , the President of India inaugurated the Hornbill Festival and State Formation Day celebrations of Nagaland in Kisama.The Festival at Kisama and the International Music Festival represent the diversity of Naga society.Festival will be celebrated every year from 1 – 10 December, in Nagaland, Northeast India. It is also called the ‘Festival of Festivals’.

2 day Korea Tourism Festival in Haryana

A two-day ‘Korea Culture and Tourism Festival’ showcasing Korea’s rich art, culture and heritage were inaugurated in Gurugram, Haryana. Representatives from the regional tourism boards and tourism-related organisations of South Korea were present at the inauguration event. The festival showcased famous tourist destinations, delicacies, art, culture, and heritage of South Korea.

Sangai Festival 2017

The Sangai Festival 2017 was inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind in Manipur. The Sangai Festival 2017 is held for 10 days. It is named after Manipur’s state animal, the brow-antlered Sangai deer. Manipur Sangai Festival mobile application has been launched. Another first-time feature is separate toilets for transgenders at the festival.

Parab Fest takes off in Koraput, Odisha

‘Parab-2017’, the annual cultural festival of Odisha’s Koraput district, showcasing the tribal art and culture, started. Parab 2017 started from the shrine of goddess Sankulai Devi of B Singhpur under Borigumma block, with a tribal dance.
The objective of this festival is to protect & promote the region’s rich cultural heritage. A 5-day Pallishree Mela will be organised on 21 December 2017

Assam inaugurates Namami Barak festival

Namami Barak festival is being celebrated in Silchar, Assam. Sarbananda Sonowal, CM of Assam said that, the Namami Barak is organised to revive humanistic values, to discover resources and possibilities of the land. Also, a new train connecting Silchar Dibrugarh – Trivandrum was flagged off.

First ever hot-air balloon festival

Araku Valley of Andhra Pradesh is hosting the first edition of its Hot Air Balloon Festival from 14-16 November 2017. Organised by SkyWaltz the festival will feature unique balloons from 13 countries. This festival is being organised to promote tourism. Araku is known for its coffee plantations, rich cultural heritage, and stunning waterfalls.

India’s 1st Military Literature Festival

India’s first Military Literature Festival (MLF) will be held in Chandigarh, in December. It is a tribute to the armed forces, whose contributions to the nation remain etched in history as iconic events. The MLF will be held here from December 7 to 9. It will be jointly promoted by the Punjab government and Chandigarh Administration.

First Nordic-Baltic youth film festival

The first Nordic-Baltic youth film festival will begin in Delhi on 13th November, showcasing a diverse mix of some of the most celebrated and Oscar nominated movies from the region. The festival will give the Indian audience an opportunity to connect with these countries and strengthen the cultural bond. The festival will open with Land of Mine from Denmark, an Oscar-nominated film.

Balijatra Festival Begins In Cuttack

The annual ‘Balijatra’ festival was inaugurated by Health and Law Minister Pratap Jena at Gadagadia ghat in Odisha on the banks of river Mahanadi. The week-long famous fair on an area of 30 acres on the river bank will continue till November 10. It got the nod from east zone bench of National Green Tribunal for the second time this year.

Justin Bieber’s wax figure in Delhi

Madame Tussauds India unveiled a statue of Grammy award-winning singer Justin Bieber in a mini preview at The Grub Festival. In the festival visitors will have the opportunity to interact with the figures of celebrities, which is a unique part of the show. The final display of all statues at the wax museum will take place on Dec. 1.

Diwali celebrated in India

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath landed in Ayodhya, which celebrated it’s largest Diwali celebrations ‘deepotsav’ ever. The city aims to enter Guinness World Records as more than 2000 school and college kids light 2 lakh diyas (earthen lamps) on the eve of Diwali. Adityanath performed aarti on the banks of Saryu river in Ayodhya with Governor Ram Naik, Deputy CM KP Maurya.

International Cherry Blossom Festival

Second edition of India International Cherry Blossom Festival will be held from 8th – 11th November, 2017 in Shillong, Meghalaya. This festival is being organised by Meghalaya State Government in association with the Institute of Bio-resources and Sustainable Development, Imphal, and the Indian Council of Cultural Relations. Cherry Blossom trees bloom for a very short period every year.

“Beyond The Dreamgirl”: Autobiography

17 : Autobiography of Hema Malini, “Beyond The Dreamgirl” is released on her 69th birthday. PM Narendra Modi has penned a “short, crisp and sweet” foreword for it. Beyond The Dreamgirl, published by HarperCollins India, will give readers an in-depth look into her life. It is divided into 23 chapters, covering her childhood, teens, Bollywood, rise as an actor, romance, colleagues, marriage.

New Guinness Record at IISF Chennai 2017

At the second day of the India International Science Festival in Chennai, a new Guinness World Record for the Largest Biology Lesson was created. One thousand forty-nine students participated in the record-breaking session. The World record had students from Class 9 and Class 10. The biology lesson was delivered by Ms Lakhsmi Prabhu from Shri Shankar senior Secondary School.

Kolkata to host puppet festival

Kolkata will host an international Puppet festival named ‘PUN (Puppets Unite Neighbours) International Puppet Festival’ in Kolkata. The festival, starting on 26 October, will attract artists from the UK, Germany, Peru, Portugal, Italy, Lithuania, Brazil etc. This is the first time Kolkata would host such a festival. The festival is aimed at regenerating the emotions attached to puppetry.

Mahesh Sharma Inaugurated Deep Dharohar

Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture inaugurated “Deep Dharohar”. The festival was inaugurated by the lighting of 1000 diyas by the participating artists and artisans and children from organisations. The Minister released a book entitled ‘Living Traditions, Tribal and Folk Paintings of India’ published under the matrix of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat.

No firecrackers this Diwali

On 9th October 2017, the Supreme Court (SC) imposed a ban on the sale of firecrackers till 31st October 2017, in the National Capital Region (NCR)-Delhi. SC has also ordered that a relevant agency should compute the impact of a noise-and smoke-free festival this year. The SC suspended all licenses issued by the Delhi Police to shopkeepers that allowed them to sell fireworks.

Khushwant Singh Literary Festival

The 6th Khushwant Singh Literary Festival will be held at the Kasauli Club, Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh, from Oct 6 to 8. This year’s theme is ‘70’, marking the seven decades of India’s independence after Partition from Pakistan. It was started in 2012, when writer Khushwant Singh, known for his bold writing and unorthodox views, was still alive. It is the only one named after an individual.

Women of India Organic Festival

The 3rd edition of Women of India Organic Festival begins at Dilli Haat in New Delhi. The 15-day festival aims at promoting women entrepreneurs & farmers in the organic sector. The theme of the festival is – Good for Women, Good for India, Good for You. It aims to boost the development of sustainable and easily accessible sales outlets for women producers from the remotest corners of India.

‘Hall of Fame’ national tourism award

Gujarat Tourism has won “Hall of Fame” award for being the Best State in Comprehensive Development of Tourism category at National Tourism Award function. Gujarat was awarded for its performance in previous years where it won several accolades in this category for consecutively 3 years. Gujarat has been organizing Navaratri & Kite Festival, etc due to which inflow of tourists has increased 18%

India International Science Festival

The 3rd India International Science Festival will be held in Chennai next month. The festival is being organised by Ministry of Earth Sciences & Ministry of Science and Technology. The event will be jointly inaugurated by science & technology ministers of Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan & Portugal. This is the 3rd IIS festival, which has been organised since NDA govt came to power in 2014.

North East Festival to return to Delhi

The fifth edition of the North East Festival, which brings together the numerous colours and talents of the region, will begin in Delhi. The three-day festival, to be held at IGNCA, Janpath, will present Naga warrior dance, Thang ta of Manipur, Hojagiri of Tripura and much more. Various northeastern states, developmental councils will present investment and tourism potential of the region.

Pawan Chamling honoured

Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling was honoured for his pioneering work in the field of organic farming during a ceremony at Lagau on the occasion of the One World Festival. Chamling was conferred the Grand Prix Award during the One World Award ceremony. It took Sikkim 13 years to fully implement organic farming since the idea was mooted way back in 2003.

International Military Music Festival

A Tri-Services band from Indian Armed Forces has been invited to perform in International Military Music Festival in Moscow. International Military Music Festival Spasskaya Tower is the parade of best military music bands of Russia & other countries that take place every year at Red Square in Moscow. Participation of Tri- Services Band would foster better ties between Armed Forces of 2 countries

Festival of India

A Festival of India is being organized in Brazil from 31 August-9 September 2017. It will showcase diverse Indian culture, i.e. classical dances, literature, cuisine & Exhibition on Mahatma Gandhi. Bharatnatyam Dance, Kathak Dance, Indian Food Festival, Literary Festival and Exhibition on Mahatma Gandhi are the major events that will be held in cities of Brasilia, Sao Paulo & Rio de Janeiro:

South India Writers Ensemble in Kerala

Kerala will host the 5th edition of South India Writers Ensemble to be held at Chengannur from July 24. 3 day annual literary gathering is aimed at bringing about an enriching interaction between writers from different languages and regions. Core theme of the festival this year is “tolerance”. Writers, journalists and film personalities will seen deliberating on tolerance at the festival.

Jagannath Puri chariot festival begins

The most awaited annual festival of Rath Yatra or Chariot Festival commenced today at Puri, Odisha. It is one of the most celebrated Hindu festivals of the country as well as the whole world. It is celebrated usually in the month of June-July when the chariots of Lord Jagannath accompanied by his elder brother Balabhadra and sister Devi Subhadra are brought out on to the main street of Puri.

Vivid Sydney breaks World Record

World’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, Vivid Sydney has entered into Guinness World Book of Records. The global authority has awarded Vivid Sydney installation Dreamscape with the title for Largest interactive lighting display. It allows participants to decide the color, texture and pattern of the lighting across the cityscape via 3D interactive modelling.

India to co-partner in ANUGA 2017

15 : India will be the co-partner with Germany to organize the ANUGA food festival which will be held in Cologne, Germany from October 7-11. The acronym of ANUGA is Allgemeine Nahrungs- und Genussmittel-Ausstellung or General Food and Non essential Provisions Exhibition. ANUGA offers an extensive supporting programme with Lectures, Special exhibition and attractive industry events.

Modi fest begins in Andhra Pradesh

Making of Developed India (MODI), a 3 day festival has been launched in Andhra Pradesh. It is being celebrated to mark the successful completion of three-year rule by NDA govt. under the leadership of PM Modi. It will have Jan ki Baat voice of the people stall and a survey on Namo App, with an exhaustive list of questions. It will also have an exhibition of all schemes launched by PM Modi.

Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary

The annual hunting festival of the tribal community was observed in a ‘bloodless and symbolic’ manner in and around Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary for the third consecutive year. The 2017 hunting festival ‘Bishu Parv’ of the tribal community was observed in Jharkhand. To observe fest peacefully, the awareness campaign was launched by the forest department.

PM Modi to visit Sri Lanka on May 11

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Sri Lanka on May 11 to attend the biggest Buddhist festival, ‘Vesak Day’. Vesak, the most important day in the Buddhist calendar, marks commemoration of Lord Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and passing away. Modi is also likely to visit Kandy in the Central Province which is famous for production of Ceylon Tea.

285 killed in Thingyan water festival

In Myanmar, at least 285 people were killed and 1,073 others injured during a four-day annual Thingyan Water Festival. A total of 272 people were killed during the festival last year. The festival marks the beginning of Burmese New Year and is observed as public holiday.

India’s first micro-drama festival held

With the longest play running for not more than 10 minutes to the shortest one ending in 42 seconds, India’s first ever micro-drama festival was held in New Delhi. Named after Thespis of Icaria, believed to be the first actor in Greek drama (6th century BC), the day-long event ‘Thespis’ saw screening of 28 independent plays at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Art.

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday is a Christian moveable feast that falls on the Sunday before Easter. The feast commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, an event mentioned in each of the four canonical Gospels. The Sunday was often named after these substitute trees, as in Yew Sunday, or by the general term Branch Sunday.

Padayani Dance

Padayani festival was recently celebrated in Kerala. Padayani is a traditional folk dance and a ritual art from the central portion of the Indian state of Kerala. A ceremonial dance involving masks, it is an ancient ritual performed in Bhagavati temples. Padayani was performed by magico-medicine men of Kerala to heal the illnesses not amenable to medical modalities of intervention.

‘Namami Brahmaputra’ festival

‘Namami Brahmaputra`, the biggest ever river festival in India, will be held in Assam on March 31. The festival will take place across 21 districts of Assam from March 31 to April 4. President Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate the festival on the banks of the river, which is considered country’s only male river.

Ugadi Festival

Ugadi is the New Year’s Day for the people of the Telugu and Kannada communities in India. It falls on a different day every year because the Hindu calendar is a lunisolar calendar. This holiday is one of the most auspicious days for Telugus and Kannadigas. The Saka calendar begins with the month of Chaitra (March–April) and Ugadi marks the first day of the new year.

Navroz 2017

The Parsi community is celebrating Navroz on March 20. The festival marks the first day of the first month in the Iranian calendar. Navroz is the day of the vernal equinox i.e. day and night are of approximately equal duration all over the planet. It usually occurs on 21 March or the previous or following day (depending on the region).

Goggles for blind

Anang Tadar, a class 11 student from Arunchal Pradesh has developed goggles for the blind. The technology, which is based on echo location-similar to what bats use for navigation-was adjudged the most innovative at the regional level science festival, which concluded in Guwahati recently. Named Goggle for Blind (G4B), the pair of glasses can be worn by the visually impaired.

3-Day International Buddhist Conference

The 3-Day International Buddhist Conference has begun in Rajgir, Bihar Over 350 delegates from 35 countries are participating in the conference that included a discussion on women in Buddhism. The speakers discussed female leadership, gender discrimination and same sex marriages in Taiwan.

Cultural festival ‘India by the Nile’

In Egypt, the mega cultural festival ‘India by the Nile’ got off to a colourful start at the foot of the Pyramids in Cairo, showcasing joint handicraft exhibition of India and Egypt. The event is a special moment as this year India celebrate 70 years of independence and also 70 years of its diplomatic relations with Egypt. The Handicraft Exhibition which runs from 8-14 March.

Tribal festival ‘Bhagoria’

The annual tribal festival ‘Bhagoria’ will begin here and in four other districts of Madhya Pradesh from March 6. The festival is organised in Jhabua, Alirajpur, Dhar, Khargone and Barwani districts in western Madhya Pradesh. Young tribal men and women, attired in colourful dresses, turn up at the haats with their traditional musical instruments to sing and dance as a part of the festival.

Visitor’s awards for the Best University

Jawaharlal Nehru University has won the annual Visitor’s Award for the ‘Best University’, 2017. The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee will present the Visitor’s Awards for the year 2017 at a function to be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on March 6, 2017, as part of the ‘Festival of Innovations’.

International Yoga Festival

International Yoga Festival has been taking place in Rishikesh since 1989, organized first by the Govt of Uttar Pradesh, and then by the Govt. of Uttarakhand since 2001. 39th edition of the event, jointly organised by the AYUSH ministry, Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board, Parmarth Niketan and Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam, was inaugurated at Parmarth Niketan along the banks of the Ganges.

Gramin Khel Mahostav 2017

The Delhi Gramin Khel Mahotsav 2017 is being organized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports in association with Delhi Government from 25th to 31st March 2017. This is to invite the talent from rural areas of NCT of Delhi to come and participate in a multi-sport championship. The festival will help involve rural youth in large number to participate in popular sports.

Khajuraho Dance Festival begins in MP

In Madhya Pradesh, the world famous Khajuraho Dance Festival has begun Eminent Indian classical dancers will perform during the 7 day event. This Dance Festival presents colourful and brilliant Indian dances in the backdrop of the famous Khajuraho temples. Live performances of classical dances like Kathak, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Bharatnatyam, and Mohniattam will be major attraction this time.

Festival celebrates natural heritage

15 : France based UNESCO organised the 2 day Nature Fest at the World Heritage Site Great Himalayan National Park at Sairopa in Kullu district.The festival was organised in collaboration with the Wildlife Institute of India and would be attended by prominent conservationists.

No Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu on Pongal

The Supreme Court rejected a plea seeking to allow the controversial sport Jallikattu played during Pongal festival in Tamil Nadu. The court had reserved its verdict on petitions challenging Centre’s notification allowing the sport. On January 8, last year the Centre had issued a notification lifting ban on Jallikattu. In 2014, the court had banned Jallikattu on grounds of animal cruelty.

India’s first riverfront global Fest

9 : A stellar line-up of Indian & international artistes will enthrall over 10000 spectators at the maiden Amaravati Global Music and Dance Festival from Feb 10-13. It will be directed by globally acclaimed violin virtuoso L. Subramaniam. It will be India’s first music & dance festival

Goa to host film festival on disability

International “We Care Film Festival” on disability issues will be organised in the Asia Pacific region & Oman.The Disability Rights Asso. of Goa in association with Brotherhood, New Delhi will take the festival to schools & colleges in Goa from Feb 6 to 11. With 900 short films & documentaries, the festival has reached out to more than 1.5 lakh people in India, Mauritius, Dubai & France.

Nagoba Jatara concludes

The Nagoba Jatara concluded on Feb. 1. Nagoba Jatara is a tribal festival held in Keslapur village,Inderavelly Mandal Adilabad district,Telangana. It is the second biggest tribal carnival and celebrated by Mesaram clan of Gond tribes for 10 days. Tribal people from Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Orissa & Madhya Pradesh belonging to the Mesram clan offer prayers at the festival.

Bharat Rang Mahotsav at NSD

‘Whose theatre is it anyway’ that’s the theme of this year’s Bharat Rang Mahotsav, the annual theatre festival of National School of Drama (NSD), Delhi. The 19th edition will feature 94 performances from 16 Indian states and 12 countries. “We want to boost our networking and cultural exchange with other countries and learn about their theatre culture” says Prof. Waman Kendre, director of NSD