KULLU, JANUARY 6
Bright sun after a couple of days of inclement weather brightened the festive mood on the concluding day of the five-day long national Winter Carnival at Manali today. The ‘maha nati’ on the Mall road by hundreds of women of Mahila Mandals of the left bank of the Beas attired in local dresses was the centre of attraction for the tourists and locals.
Earlier, mahila mandals of the right bank of the Beas performed ‘maha nati’ on the second day of the carnival. Winter Carnival committee vice-president and Manali SDM Surender Thakur said that the winner of ‘maha nati’ will be awarded a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh and runners-up Rs 1 lakh. Various participants of ‘Voice of Carnival’ mesmerized the audience with their melodious voices.
Finals of various events and competitions like fashion show in traditional dresses, folk dance, classical dance, dance on new and old film songs, folk instruments and talent show, etc, were organized today in the Manu Rangshala. Various artistes enthralled the audience by performing cultural programmes. The spectators were spellbound witnessing the spectacular performances by the artistes from different parts of the state and country.
The finals of the Winter Queen beauty pageant, a major highlight of the festival, will be held tonight and winners of various competitions and events will be awarded by the chief guest during the closing ceremony.
Colourful cultural programs were presented during Manu Rangshala. Folk singer Inderjeet enthralled the audience with his Kullvi numbers. Artistes Virender Sharma, Subhash Rana, Vijay Kumar, Prince Garg and Shweta Rana presented pahari, Punjabi and film songs and won applause of the audience. Besides, performances by various other artistes also fascinated the audience.
The participants of Winter Queen captivated the spectators by their enchanting performance. Open air auditorium remained jam-packed with the audience even amid freezing temperature.
The businessmen of Manali were thankful to the government and Education, Language, Art and Culture minister Govind Singh Thakur for promoting the event, which helped boost tourism during the off-season.
Vinay, a local resident, said the carnival should be made more attractive by providing wide publicity. Proper marketing of the event should be done. He said the event promotes tourism and trade. The carnival provides a platform to various artists of different states to showcase their talent, he added.
Artistes enthral audience
- Colourful cultural programmes were presented
- Folk singer Inderjeet enthralled audience with Kullvi numbers
- Artistes Virender Sharma, Subhash Rana, Vijay Kumar, Prince Garg and Shweta Rana presented pahari, Punjabi and film songs and won applause of the audience