The two-day Narmada Festival began in Bhedaghat, which encompasses the immeasurable waters of Mother Narmada amidst white white marble rocks. The main attraction of the Narmada festival, adorned with melody and ras-rang, was the Siddhi dance of eminent dancer Padma Vibhushan and Rajya Sabha member Dr. Sonal Man Singh with Bharat Natyam and his group’s resolve in classical style. (narmada mahotsav 2022) (narmada mahotsav bhedaghat).
Jabalpur. This is the eighteenth consecutive year of organizing the Narmada Mahotsav on the occasion of special Sharad Purnima in Bhedaghat, which has made its mark on the tourist map of the world due to the Dhuandhar Falls. According to the tradition, the festival started with the worship of the life-giving mother Narmada. Union Minister of State for Culture and Parliamentary Affairs Arjun Ram Meghwal was the chief guest of the program, while the program was presided over by MP Rakesh Singh. Chairman of Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation Shri Vinod Gotia, Bargi MLA Sanjay Yadav were also present on this occasion.(narmada mahotsav 2022)
Efforts to get a unique identity: Arjun Ram Meghwal, the Chief Guest of the program, Minister of State for Culture and Parliamentary Affairs of the Central Government, in his speech, described Jabalpur, which is situated on the banks of Narmada, known as Sanskardhani, as the city of culture and traditions. He said that just as people’s faith in Mother Narmada is increasing, necessary initiatives will be taken by the Ministry of Culture of the Central Government to give a more grand look to the Narmada Festival. Meaningful efforts will be made to give it a unique identity.
Announcement to build a museum: Expressing happiness over the continuous organization of Narmada Mahotsav in Bhedaghat, he said that the natural beauty of this place is pleasing to the mind. Meghwal said that while announcing the construction of a museum at the tomb of Veerangana Rani Durgavati, he asked the Central Government to send a proposal for this soon. He said that the Ministry of Culture will try its best to build a grand and attractive museum on the heroic stories of Rani Durgavati. He also assured all possible help for the development of tourism facilities in Bhedaghat.
Identity in the world of the festival: MP Rakesh Singh, while giving information about the continuous efforts being made for the tourism development of Jabalpur, said that like the Khajuraho festival, the Narmada festival has also become its own identity in the country and the world. He thanked all the associates of organizing Narmada Mahotsav and said that it is the result of everyone’s efforts that Narmada Mahotsav is being organized continuously for 18 years. He expressed happiness over the resumption of Narmada Mahotsav after two years of symbolic event due to Corona. Vinod Gontia, Chairman, Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Corporation said on the occasion that all necessary efforts would be made for the development of tourism in Jabalpur, so that the fame of the tourist places spread to the country and abroad and people could see the natural beauty of this place.
Cultural programs of the first day: The cultural programs of the first day of Narmada Mahotsav organized on the Muktakasiya platform near Dhundhar, started with the presentation of dance on Durga Stuti by Ms. Megha Pandey of Swaragini Cultural Arts Center, Jabalpur and her colleagues. After this, on behalf of Sangeet Natak Akademi, Rajasthani folk music Langa and Mangliya and Kalbelia dance were presented by Din Mohammad of Barmer Rajasthan and his companions. Koli and Lavani dance performed by Nibha James of Raigad Maharashtra and her group on behalf of South Central Cultural Center was also well received.(narmada mahotsav 2022) (narmada mahotsav bhedaghat).
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