Haailand celebrates first anniversary

Special Correspondent
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Enthralling:Artistes performing Japanese dance at Agri Gold Haailand at Chinakakani in Guntur district on Tuesday.— Photo: CH. VIJAYA BHASKAR
Enthralling:Artistes performing Japanese dance at Agri Gold Haailand at Chinakakani in Guntur district on Tuesday.— Photo: CH. VIJAYA BHASKAR

The first anniversary celebration of Agri Gold-Haailand, the first Buddhist theme park and resort was a heady mix of bonhomie, spirituality and academia.

A variety of programmes conducted to celebrate the completion of one year included the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the Acharya Nagarjuna University (ANU) for conducting over half a dozen courses, the inauguration of a unique Buddhism Museum and celebration of Buddha Poornima.

Agri Gold Group Chairman V.R. Rao Avvas signed the MOU with ANU registrar M.V.N. Sarma. ANU Vice-Chancellor Y.R. Haragopal Reddy inaugurated “Buddha Padham”, a museum to promote awareness about the great number of Buddhist sites that were within a 200 km radius of Haailand.

Mr. Rao said that the museum, on completion, would have over 300 3D pictures of all the important Buddhist sites in Andhra Pradesh. Former Minister Mandali Buddha Prasad said that it was appropriate that Haailand was a Buddhist theme park because Buddhism thrived in Andhra Pradesh.

The works of Telugu sculptures at Amaravati, which was very close to Haailand, were exquisite and some of them were on display in the British Museum along with representative sculptures from all over the world.

Prof. Haragopal Reddy said that the new museum at Haailand was unique and would go a long way in promoting awareness and knowledge to the general public about the glorious past of Andhra Pradesh.

The Haailand Managing Director A. Venkateswara Rao and director V. Kalyan said that though Haailand was inaugurated on May 9, 2010, a decision had been taken to celebrate the anniversary every year on Buddha Poornima.

A variety of programmes were arranged for the benefit of the visitors from May 1 and they will go on till the end of the month. Nirmal Shrestha and Troupe of the Himalayan International Cultural Association, Nepal, were also invited to give special performances. Karnataka traditional dance, Kamsala, aerobic yoga show, Malkamb, four-legged dance, fire dance, flexi-lady performed as part of a carnival, were a big attraction to the public.

  • ‘Buddha Padham', a museum about Buddhist sites, was inaugurated

  • An MOU with ANU was signed to conduct more than half a dozen courses

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