Panaji, Nov 24 (IEEntertainment) Directorate of Art and Culture, Goa, in collaboration with Ministry of Art, Culture and Youth Affairs, Bihar, and Rajiv Gandhi Kala Mandir (RGKM), Ponda, held ‘Bihar Mahotsav’, a three-day cultural event at RGKM, Ponda.
Goa Governor Mridula Sinha had inaugurated the event on Thursday in the presence of Goa Minister for Art and Culture Govind Gaude, Bihar Minister for Art, Culture and Youth Affairs Krishna Kumar Rishi, Dy Secretary of Art, Culture and Youth Affairs, Bihar, Taranand Biyogi and Ajit Kerkar, Vice President of RGKM, Ponda.
Speaking on the occasion, the Governor said the state of Goa and Bihar had their own historical and cultural backgrounds yet they were one.
“Geographically, Bihar and Goa are two separate states. But, I am impressed with the Goan culture as I found it to
be very much similar to Bihar. We all value our system, our tradition and treasure our folklore as it is our identity,” the Governor said.
Mr Gaude said ‘Bihar Mahotsav’ was an exchange of art, culture and entertainment between the two states.
“Goa is a very famous tourist place. Along with temples, churches, and beaches, Goa has a legacy of its own theatre form and art. Today, Goa is associated with 18 states by the means of Art and Culture and the department will work hard to provide it an international platform,” he said.
Bihar Minister for Art, Culture and Youth Affairs Krishna Kumar Rishi appreciated the Goa’s hospitality and warm nature of Goans. He also wished to host a similar program in Bihar wherein Goan Art, Culture and Food would be showcased to the people of Bihar.
Earlier, the program began with lighting the traditional lamp. Ajit Kerkar gave the welcome address. Dignitaries from both the states were later felicitated. Pradip Naik and Tanvi Sinha compered the function. The function concluded with a cultural program performed by artists from both the states. The three-day event will see a display of Bihar’s art and cultural programs.