Residents to shine on floating stage at annual Chowpatty fest
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
A woman performs arti at the Chowpatty festival in Vashi, which will also see a floating stage for the first time.