Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot discussed the arrangements for the upcoming National Youth Festival to be held in Udaipur with Union Sports and Youth Affairs Minister M. S. Gill in New Delhi on Tuesday.

The event will be organised jointly by the Centre and the State.

The lake city of Udaipur will host the festival from January 12 to 16 next year. Mr. Gehlot said the festival would focus on “Sabse Pahale Bharat” (India first).

While about 5,000 contestants from different States will take part in the festival, representatives from ASEAN and SAARC countries have been invited to the five-day event for the first time as guests.

Mr. Gehlot said the main function would be organised at M. B. Stadium in Udaipur and the artistes of national repute would perform in the cultural evenings to be organised everyday.