Bharat Parv, a national festival showcasing the country’s diverse culture, cuisines, handicrafts and catch glimpses of a progressive India was inaugurated by Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (Independent charge) for Tourism and Culture at Red Fort, Delhi.
Bharat Parv event was organised by the Government of India at the Red Fort, Delhi from January 26-31, 2017, as part of the Republic Day 2017 celebrations. The primary reason behind organising the event is to generate patriotism, promote the rich cultural diversity of the country, to ensure wider participation of the general public and to popularise the idea of ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’.
The Ministry of Tourism had been designated as the nodal Ministry for the event, the highlights of which included display of the Republic Day Parade Tableaux, Performances by the Armed Forces Bands (static and moving), a Multi-Cuisine Food Court, Crafts Mela, Cultural Performances from different regions of the country and a Photo Exhibition on the theme ‘Mera Desh Badal Raha Hai, Aage Badh Raha Hai’ by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting.
The participating States and Union Territories in the event were Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Chandigarh, Dadra– Nagar Haveli, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.