The seven-day patriotic festival 'Bharat Parv' to mark Independence Day concluded on "successful" note with pledge to root out evils that are plaguing the country like corruption and terrorism.
The Grand Finale of Bharat Parv 2016 features 300 artists with a spectacular combination of Music, Dance, Drama and Audio-Visual elements.— Narendra Modi (@narendramcdi) August 19, 2016
"We have got freedom after a long struggle and we need to preserve it...Now we have to get freedom from social evils like corruption, terrorism, untouchability and so on," Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma said.
Stressing that the the event (Bharat Parv) ended on a "successful note", he said the government also plans to organise such programme in the future on Independence and Republic Days.
In images: A few glimpses of the "Grand Finale of Bharat Parv-2016" pic.twitter.com/9VnA9IK4ZP— MIB India (@MIB_India) August 19, 2016
Tourism Secretary Vinod Zutshi said about 8-10 lakh people participated in the festival, which started on August 12.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu said the "idea" of the programme was to "imbibe patriotic fervour" among the people. "This purpose by and large has been achieved. It has rejuvenated cultural nationalism among the people. It also aims to create social awareness among the people for fighting social evils," he said.
"Azadi se Azadi Tak".. Excellent Performance by the artists from Maharashtra at the Bharat Parv in New Delhi... pic.twitter.com/VYqLIHWR0Y— M Venkaiah Naidu (@MVenkaiahNaidu) August 18, 2016
He also appreciated the programme "Azadi se Azadi Tak-Ek Buland Naara (Quit India 2)" in which over 300 artists from Maharashtra participated, capturing important incidents in the independence struggle. It ended with a message that people should work towards getting independence from various evils.
The festival showcased India's cultural diversity with various folk and tribal dance performances from different states and UTs.
Union Minister of state for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore and Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta, among others, were present to witness the finale programme.