Patiala, April 20
Folk dance, orchestra performances, mime acts and more marked the Patialvi heritage festival organized by the district administration at Qila Mubarak in Patiala on Wednesday. Events and performances included a march for students from Shahi Samadhan to Qila Mubarak, bhangra, giddha and gatka performances as well as a screening of a short film on Patiala and a classical performance by a local artist.
Punjab Tourism Minister Harjot Singh Bains was the chief guest. The eight MPs from Patiala District – Gurdev Singh Dev Maan, Neena Mittal, Dr. Balbir Singh, Harmeet Singh Pathanmajra, Gurlal Ghanour, Chetan Singh Jouramajra, Ajit Pal Singh Kohli and Kulwant Singh Bazigar were also present on the occasion.
Mime and dance (bhangra) performances by the students of Speaking Hands Rajpura School and others were the bright side of the event as they performed in unison.
Cabinet Minister Bains said, “We will develop Patiala as a tourism hub. The Minister, joined by the other MPs, also ramped up the stage to free her from the threat of drugs. Participants in the Patiala heritage-based photography competition also received cash prizes. Dr. Mohammad Pravez, Gurjot Singh and Hardeep Singh Ahuja won first, second and third prizes respectively.