Fes­ti­val unites com­mu­ni­ties through food, song and dance

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

NERUL: Fe­male in­fan­ti­cide and car­ing for one’s par­ents are the themes for the 10-day Agri-Koli fes­ti­val in Nerul that was in­au­gu­rated on Fri­day.

The fes­ti­val, or­gan­ised at Shree Ganesh Ramlila ground in Sec­tor 12, Nerul ( west) by the Akhil Agri- Koli Sa­maj Pra­bod­han Trust (AAKSPT), was in­au­gu­rated on Fri­day by state in­dus­tries min­is­ter Sub­hash De­sai.

This is the tenth year of the fes­ti­val, which show­cases the cul­ture and tra­di­tions of the Agri and Koli com­mu­ni­ties. It will con­clude on Jan­uary 17.

The fes­ti­val be­gan with the dis­tri­bu­tion of tablets to stu­dents. 75 tablets were pre­sented by De­sai on be­half of AAKSPT to stu­dents of classes 8 through 10. Shiv Sena deputy leader Vi­jay Na­hata and Vi­jay Chougule, along with other Shiv Sena lead­ers were present at the fun­tion.

De­sai said, “The con­cept of dis­tri­bu­tion of the tablets has been ini­ti­ated by Shiv Sena un­der the guid­ance of Ud­dhav Thack­eray and Aa­ditya Thack­eray. The tablets are loaded with ed­u­ca­tional ma­te­rial that will ben­e­fit the stu­dents. The

prime min­is­ter him­self has ap­pre­ci­ated it.”

De­sai added, “We be­gan this pro­gramme in BMC schools in Mum­bai and plan to spread it through­out the state.”

He said, “The vis­i­tors to the fes­ti­val seem to be ex­cited. It is great that the tra­di­tion of the re­gion is be­ing kept alive through such a pro­gramme.”

Namdeo Bha­gat, the founder pres­i­dent of AAKSPT and cor­po­ra­tor, said, “Our en­deav­our is to help bring to­gether res­i­dents of both the vil­lages and the nodes to en­sure a united and pro­gres- sive city rich in cul­ture and tra­di­tion.”

Bha­gat said, “The Ma­hot­sav show­cases the Agri- Koli cul­ture, folk songs and dances, tra­di­tions, food habits, clothes, fes­ti­vals and mar­riages. The fes­ti­val will also pro­vide a plat­form to the res­i­dents to ex­hibit their tal­ent. Be­sides this, there are var­i­ous com­pe­ti­tions, health camps, and a busi­ness guid­ance camp.”

“Th­ese stalls pro­vide au­then­tic Agri-Koli food as pre­pared by the com­mu­nity. It has a dis­tinc­tive taste,” said Bha­gat.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

An artist makes a ran­goli at the Agri-Koli fes­ti­val at Nerul on Fri­day.

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