Friday, August 29, 2008

Different Cultural Events during Commonwealth Games

Cultural Events during Commonwealth Games In one of my previous post Delhi to Learn from Chinese Preparation Model,for Commonwealth games, I had discussed the keenness of Indian Government to learn from the Chinese model of preparation, for the purpose a delegation of senior government officials including the Mayor visited China for studying preparations during the 2008 Olympic Games.

Now it seems that the Delhi government has apparently drawn some inspiration from them and their colorful ceremonies at the Beijing Olympics 2008. Delhi government is chalking out a plan to organize a series of different cultural events during the Commonwealth Games 2010.

A meeting in this regard, headed by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and attended by various high level officials like Commonwealth Games special advisor R. Narainswami, chief minister's principal secretary P.K. Tripathi, education secretary Reena Ray and other eminent personalities in the field of dance, culture, music and theatre, took some decisions for plans in this respect.

The programmes would be organized at different venues in the capital during the Games in October 2010.There would be main cultural events on opening and closing days. The city government would organize cultural evenings comprising of dance, music, folk and modern music, screening of films and puppet shows for visitors and players at different venues in the capital

Eminent cultural personalities have been especially requested by the chief minister to prepare a list of venues and details of programme to be organized.

The various venues discussed include Nehru Park, Connaught Place central park, Red Fort, Old Fort, Firoz Shah Kotla, Ravindra Bhawan, Humayun's tomb, Safdarjang tomb, India Gate and the Games village.

In addition to this the government also wants to showcase Delhi’s composite culture and the diversity of Indian culture. According to a spokesperson, historical buildings and other monuments will be illuminated and food courts could be organized to present cuisines of Delhi.