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State to host five-day National Youth Festival

Nagesh Prabhu
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Mangalore, with its infrastructure, likely to be the venue

SHOWCASING TALENT: The event will be inaugurated on January 12, 2012, the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, which is celebrated as National Youth Day. — FILE Photo: Ashoke Chakrabarty
SHOWCASING TALENT: The event will be inaugurated on January 12, 2012, the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, which is celebrated as National Youth Day. — FILE Photo: Ashoke Chakrabarty

Around 4,000 youths from different parts of the country will participate in various sports, elocution, music, dance and arts competitions, individually and in groups, at the five-day 17{+t}{+h}National Youth Festival to be held in Karnataka from January 12, 2012.

The event will be inaugurated on January 12, 2012, the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, which is celebrated as National Youth Day, and the celebrations in the following week observed as National Youth Week .

Last year's fest was held at Udaipur in Rajasthan.

Short-listed

Though the venue for the event is yet to be finalised, Mangalore and Belgaum have been shortlisted and Department of Youth Affairs and Sports officials have begun scouting for talent who will participate in the competitions.

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has granted Rs. 2 crore to the State and the latter will provide a matching grant.

Department officials told The Hindu the issue has been discussed with the Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda, who also holds the Youth Affairs and Sports portfolio. Though the former Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Gulihatti Shekhar has requested the Chief Minister to hold the event in Chitradurga, Mangalore scores because of infrastructure and connectivity.

As the World Kannada Sammelana was held in Belgaum a few months ago, it is unlikely it will host the youth festival, officials said.

Integration and harmony

The aim of the festival is to gather youth from different parts of the country to take part in various events, constituting national integration, brotherhood, adventure and communal harmony, the sources said.

District youth festivals are organised to select the State contingent, from which the best will participate in National Youth Festival.

Events include competitions in classical dances (Bharatanatyam, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Manipuri, and Kathak), classical instrumental solo (mridangam, flute, veena, sitar, tabla, guitar), Carnatic vocal solo, Hindustani vocal solo, harmonium, folk song, folk dance, elocution, one-act play, painting, sculpture and photography, officials said.


  • The festival aims at installing a feeling of brotherhood among youth
  • The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has granted Rs. 2 crore

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