Annual heritage festival underway in Punjab

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Amritsar, Feb 22 (ANI): A three-day cultural extravaganza, featuring the rich heritage of Amritsar, got underway with a colourful procession.

People from all walks of life in the city are participating in the annual heritage festival.

The festival is a major draw with caparisoned elephants, camels and horses, Bhangra and Giddha groups.

Authorities say that the festival helps in reviving the link between youngsters and their heritage.

"As western culture is influencing the present generation, a lot so such festival would help re-establish the bond between youngsters and their legacy," said Bhagwant Singh, deputy commissioner, Amritsar.

Harpreet Kaur, a participant, said she felt proud to be a part of the heritage festival.

"I am really happy that I performed in this festival. I wish this festival is organised every year. This festival gives a message that people should not forget their heritage and should not take over the western culture. They should always appreciate their heritage and be a part of it," said Kaur.

The opening-day on Friday included a heritage procession comprising elephants, horses, traditional musical instruments, and the traditional Sikh martial art of "Gatka".

Traditional dances such as Bhangra and Giddha were also part of the inauguration ceremony.

Other events like street-plays, singing competition, painting competitions, and poetry will be part of the festival. An exhibition of Punjabi books is also on. (ANI)

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