Rock Garden festival commences in Chandigarh

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Chandigarh , Nov 8 (UNI) The Rock Garden Festival was inagurated by the Adviser to the UT Administrator, Mr Pradip Mehra here today.

On the occsion he dedicated the sound proof hall to the citizens of Chandigarh. Different festivities and celebrations are being organized in this festival which will be celebrated till November 11.

Mr Nek Chand, the Creator-Director of the Rock Garden, welcomed Mr Mehra by presenting him a bouquet. Mr Mehra entered the Rock Garden in the company of Punjabi folk dancers performing 'bhangra'.

In his speech Mr Mehra said that the Rock Garden was acknowledged as one of the modern wonders of the world. The Garden is a museum in itself which could be considered an archive but a record of people, their personal belongings and histories expressed through the sculptures, he added.

The Garden expresses the vulnerability of the environment and speaks of contemporary global concerns through imagination and ingenuity", he added.

Chandigarh Mayor Ms Harjinder Kaur who was also present said the Rock Garden speaks of the volume of vision that has been put in for making such an enticing and engrossing landmark from junk and waste material. She also praised Mr Nek Chand for creating such a world class piece of art.

Mr Nek Chand, in his address, revealed that the sound proof hall took him a long period to complete and he had started working on the project 25 years ago. He later presented Mr Mehra, Ms Harjinder Kaur and other distinguished guests the 'passport' for the Rock Garden.

A number of foreign and national delegates along with other senior officials and distinguished guests were also present to celebrate the Rock Garden Festival.

UNI

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