Ministry of Culture to add Cultural colours to �Make in India� week, Mumbai

Make in IndiaMinistry of Culture is all set to participate in �Make in India (MII)� week to be held from February 13th to 18th, 2016 at MMRDA Ground, Bandra-Kurla Road, Mumbai. The MII week is being celebrated by the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce & Industry to showcase innovation, design and sustainability driving India�s new manufacturing revolution, which will be the biggest-ever exhibition of its own kind in the world in which Ministry of Culture is co-partner. To promote appreciation of India�s rich art and culture, the Ministry of Culture has appointed South Central Zone Cultural Centre (SCZCC), Nagpur as nodal agency to showcase the rich cultural heritage of India during �Make in India� week.

The event will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on 13th February, 2016. To display country�s soft power, the Ministry of Culture has finalized the following programmes which will be organized by various cultural institutions working under the aegis of Ministry of Culture including Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Sangeet Natak Akademi (SNA), National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Nehru Science Centre and all Seven Zonal Cultural Centres of India.

The programmes to be showcased by Ministry of Culture at MII week from 13th to 18th February, 2016 at MMRDA Ground, Bandra-Kurla Road, Mumbai are as follows:

All seven Zone Cultural Centres will send 21 groups of folk artists, selected from all over India, who will give performances at the six-day long event. The art forms are: Bazigar (acrobats from Punjab), Rauf Dance (J&K), Been Jogi (Haryana); Mayur Dance (Uttar Pradesh), Kalaripayattu (martial art of Kerala), Thapetta Gullu (Andhra Pradesh), Panchavadyam (traditional orchestra of five instruments from Kerala), Rathwa Tribal Dance (Gujarat), Bahurupiya (mimicry artists from Rajasthan), Manganiar (folk singers of Rajasthan), Cheraw ( �Bamboo dance� of Mizoram), Thang Ta (martial art form of Manipur), Pungcholom (Manipur), Singhi Cham (The Snow Lion Dance� of Sikkim), Mallakhamb (gymnastic performed on a vertical wooden pole or rope of Maharashtra), Badhai Dance (Bundelkhand), Panthi Dance (Chhattisgarh), Dollu Kunitha Dance (Karnataka), Pandavani (Chhattisgarh), Gotipua Dance (Odisha), and Purulia Chhau (West Bengal)

Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) will be highlighting World Heritage Monuments like Elephanta Caves, Ajanta and Ellora Caves, and Bhaja Caves through decorative lightings. A short trip for MII delegates to these monuments have also been organized by ASI. The ASI will also conduct a workshop on �Project Mausam�- a project by Ministry of Culture that envisages the re-establishment of India�s ancient maritime routes.

National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai will conduct exhibitions at various art galleries of Mumbai and curatorial walks during 13th to 18th February, 2016. The curatorial walks will be conducted by Shri Ranjit Haskote and Shri Kaiwan Mehta.

Sangeet Natak Akademi (SNA), New Delhi in association with SCZCC will put up an exhibition to showcase making of musical instruments, different masks, headgears and jewellery, Portrait Rangoli art, Buddhist sand art, Kathakali make up with natural stone colours and Thathera traditional utensils making at the Pavilion No. 27 of MMRDA Ground, BKC Road, Mumbai during MII week.

Nehru Science Centre, Mumbai will host two unique exhibitions titled: Cricket Connect and Cinema (Bollywood) during MII week at Nehru Science Centre, Dr. E. Moses Road, Worli, Mumbai. The SCZCC will also provide more than 100 artists to perform in the famous �Kala Ghoda� festival during MII week.

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