Staff Reporter, Bhopal
Pachmarhi Utsav was formally inaugurated on December 25 at Pachmarhi, famous as “Queen of Satpura” in the national tourism circuit. Various programmes were held on the opening day.
The festival began with Lavani dance by Sushri Ujjwala from Nagpur, Krishna dance by Prince Group from Orissa and Kathak dance performance by Ku. Preeti Chandel of Satna. On the opening day, residents of Pachmarhi participated in a marathon race held to increase environmental awareness raising the slogan “Clean Pachmarhi-Green Pachmarhi.” The marathon race was held in categories of 5 and 10 kilometres. The top three winners were given prizes. School students enthusiastically participated in the carnival of Pachmarhi Utsav.
The cycle rally for publicising Beti Bachao Abhiyan from Hoshangabad reached Pachmarhi enroute Babai, Sohagpur and Pipariya. The rally will give message of Beti Bachao Abhiyan at Pachmarhi on December 26. It will be taken out from Old Hotel Ground.
Addressing the inaugural function, Zila Panchayat Chairperson Smt. Yojangandha Singh Judeo said that Pachmarhi is the pride of the state and Pachmarhi Utsav symbol of country’s cultural heritage. MLA Shri Thakurdas Nagvanshi said that every possible effort will be made to further improve the festival.
Collector Shri Rahul Jain informed that children’s film festival, marathon race and various competitions have been scheduled for the festival this year. Various attractive programmes will also be held during the festival till December 30. Opportunity for display and sale of products will also be available to weavers, handicraft persons and self-help groups.
Special Area Development Authority Chairman Shri Bhagwan Singh Dhoot, Brigadier Shri Ajit Kumar and District Judge Shri S.K. Shukla were also present on the occasion.