Staff Reporter, Bhopal
Dr. Hrusikesh Panda, Secretary Government of India, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, P.C. Meena, Principal Secretary, Tribal Welfare Department, Madhya Pradesh, Dr. Veena Ghanekar, Secretary, Tribal Welfare Department, Madhya Pradesh, Umakant Umrao, Commissioner, Tribal Welfare Department, Madhya Pradesh, Pankaj Raag, Principal Secretary, Culture, Madhya Pradesh and Shriram Tiwari welcomed the performing artists arrived for Jheel Mahotsav by presenting flowers to them at Madhya Pradesh Tribal Museum on February, 2014. After receiving this warm welcome gesture by the dignitaries, the artists departed their respective locations of the city in order to render the presentations of tribal and folk dances on the specially created mobile stages for cultural activities. About 375 artists from Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Nagaland, Goa, Maharashtra etc presented folk and tribal dances at Bairagarh, Lalghati, Khanogaon, Machli Ghar, Anand Nagar, Awadhpuri, M.P. Nagar, Habibganj station and Madhya Pradesh Tribal Museum.
This was followed by inauguration of an exhibition centered on Sea jewels and Bawadis of India being organised by Archaeology Department, Madhya Pradesh at the Exhibition Hall of the Madhya Pradesh Tribal Museum. Dr. Hrusikesh Panda, Secretary Government of India, Ministry of Tribal Affairs and other dignitaries including Smt. Bhuri Bai, renowned Tribal artist inaugurated the exhibition by lightning a lamp. Worth mentioning in the dispaly are Gujarat’s Rani Ni Vav, Patan, Bawdi fromSun Temple of Modhera, Adlaaj Ni Vav of Ahmadabad and Chand Bawdi from Abhaneri, Rajasthan, Raniji Ki Bawdi from Bundi and Shekhawati’s Bawdi Fathepur and Bhandarej Bawdi from Alwar. The exhibition also displays ‘Battisi Bawdi’, Chakla Baawdi and Raja Ki Bawdi from Chanderi of different regions of Madhya Pradesh. The 4500 years old ‘Great Bath’ of Harrappan civilization is also on the display. The goal of this exhibition is to make people aware of these step wells and their preservation. The exhibition is an effort to put in display the selected step wells (Bawdies) for the viewers. These step wells were most popular amongst the states of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka. Most of them are still working condition and are useful in water resource management. The exhibition will remains open till February, 12, 2014 from 12:00 Noon to 8:00 pm at MP Tribal Museum. Entry is free in the Exhibition.
After this, Dr. Hrusikesh Panda with other dignitaries visited the different galleries i.e Cultural Diversity, Tribal Aesthetics, Tribal Life, Tribal Devlok, Guest State; Chhattisgarh, Tribal Games of the MP Tribal Museum. Lauding the efforts of artifacts and display technique presented in the Museum, Dr. Hrusikesh Panda expressed that- with participation of tribal the work displayed here relates to architectural, tradition, religious beliefs, tribal life and philosophy of life with authenticity. On this special visit the Officials and staff of Madhya Pradesh Tribal Museum were presented.
Lake and water bodies to be preserved constantly
Urban Administration and Development Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya has said that constant works will be undertaken to conserve Bhopal’s Upper Lake and other water bodies. Vijayvargiya was inaugurating Jheel Mahotsav at water sports centre at Upper Lake here today. The event will continue till February 16.
Vijayvargiya said that Jheel Mahotsav’s objective is to conserve old heritage of the city. Bhopal’s Upper Lake and other water structures are linked with culture and civilization. Their conservation is responsibility of all. Planned works will be undertaken to conserve and keep clean these lakes. Vijayvargiya inaugurated Jheel Mahotsav by flagging off dragon boat race.