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Elephanta Festival ready to attract music and art lovers over weekend

THE ASIAN AGE
Published : Jan 26, 2018, 3:47 pm IST
Updated : Jan 26, 2018, 4:28 pm IST

Festival which commenced in 1989 is one of most prominent festivals in city showcasing different forms of dance, music and art.

The festival emphasises on the rich heritage of Elephanta Caves and attracts visitors from around the state. (Photo: Soumyabrata Gupta)
 The festival emphasises on the rich heritage of Elephanta Caves and attracts visitors from around the state. (Photo: Soumyabrata Gupta)

Mumbai: Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) is organising the 29th edition of Elephanta Festival, which will be held on January 27 and 28 at the world-famous Elephanta Caves, the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Elephanta Festival commenced in the year 1989 and is one of the most prominent festivals in the city which showcases different forms of dance, music and art. 

The festival emphasises on the rich heritage of Elephanta Caves and attracts visitors from around the state. It aims to conserve the culture through various art forms and create an outstanding experience for all the visitors. This year the festival will be arranging different activities such as,

  • TreasureHunt@Elephanta: The activity gives the participant a chance to win INR 30,000 on finding the correct answer to the clues given
  • Sculpture @Elephanta: Sculpture contest which will allure budding as well as professional artists to join the festival and create beautiful sculptures and win a prize money worth INR. 30,000
  • Paint@Elephanta: Painting contest which will captivate the painters from all walks of life to sketch their thoughts and win a prize money worth INR 30,000

Commenting on the occasion, Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra said, “Elephanta Festival is a celebration of our rich heritage through the eyes of eminent artists from different backgrounds. The 29th edition will also emphasise on our historical inheritance and portray the local traditions. I am confident that this festival will not only offer a sight of quality performance and entertainment to the visitors, but will also pave the path for increasing the visitors’ footfall every year in the state.”

Jaykumar Rawal, Minister of Tourism and (EGS), Government of Maharashtra went on to add, “I am happy to observe that the ideas and values of our ancestors have been conveyed over the years through these art forms. The artists of each group will interpret the different art forms and will also revive its eternal significance. The Elephanta Festival is the replication of the Maharashtrian culture, with vibrant colours, customs and traditions which depict the diversity of state’s rich culture and legacy.”

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