Res­i­dents to shine on float­ing stage at an­nual Chow­patty fest

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

VASHI: The an­nual Chow­patty fes­ti­val or­gan­ised by the Navi Mum­bai Paryavaran Char­i­ta­ble Trust led by NMMC deputy mayor Av­inash Lad was in­au­gu­rated by for­mer chief min­is­ter and State Congress chief, MP Ashok Cha­van, on Fri­day evening.

Held at Vashi mini-seashore in Sec­tor 10, con­sec­u­tively for the past 8 years, the fes­ti­val has be­come very pop­u­lar on the event cal­en­dar of the city.

The spe­cial guests for the fes­ti­val that will be held till De­cem­ber 27 in­clude Miss Ma­ha­rash­tra Ankita Tare, Amardeep Singh of tele­vi­sion pro­gramme In­dia’s Got Tal­ent and chore­og­ra­pher of Jha­lak Dikhlaja, Vaibhav Ghuge, apart from Ja­gat Rawal.

The fes­ti­val is timed for Christ­mas and New Year cel­e­bra­tions. A float­ing stage has for the first time, been built in the mid­dle of the pond for var­i­ous pro­grammes.

For the first time, the fes­ti­val will also host a Mrs Navi Mum­bai con­test. The win­ners will be pre­sented with the much in de­mand Paithani saree.

The fes­ti­val that has en­ter­tain­ment pro­grammes also fea­tures so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing adop­tion of adi­vasi stu­dents.

A group dance com­pe­ti­tion will have par­tic­i­pants from Navi Mum­bai, Thane, Pan­vel and Mum­bai. The top three win­ners will get Rs10,000, Rs7,000 and Rs5,000 re­spec­tively.

On Satur­day, renowned chef Vishnu Manohar will hold an in­ter­ac­tion and recipe show.

Speak­ing on the fest, Lad said, “There will be cul­tural pro­grammes ga­lore. We will have singing and danc­ing events for ev­ery­one to ex­hibit their tal­ent. We will also fe­lic­i­tate the lo­cal achiev­ers, sportsper­sons and aca­demic top­pers on the oc­ca­sion, is­sue iden­tity cards to se­nior cit­i­zens and also spon­sor needy stu­dents.”

There are also food stalls put up by lo­cal res­i­dents.

“Navi Mum­bai needs a so­cial and cul­tural fest of its own. In this fest, they can them­selves par­tic­i­pate and hence we have been or­gan­is­ing it for the past eight years,” added Lad.

A GROUP DANCE COM­PE­TI­TION WILL SEE PAR­TIC­I­PANTS FROM NAVI MUM­BAI, THANE, PAN­VEL AND MUM­BAI

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

A woman per­forms arti at the Chow­patty fes­ti­val in Vashi, which will also see a float­ing stage for the first time.

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