BENGALURU: Adamya Chetana Seva Utsava, a socio-cultural festival that brings general public to a common platform, to collectively celebrate diversity and to resolve certain issues for a better society was held at the National College Ground from December 30, 2016, to January 2, 2017.
Many programmes in the festival revolved around this year’s theme ‘water’. Cultural program’s by well-known artists and school children was organised throughout the festival. Noteworthy among them was Delhi-based Indian Air Force’s Air Warrior Drill Team’s performance. With the motto Drill-to-Thrill, they displayed a unique drill that grabbed the attention of the people.
Shankar Jamadagni, volunteer at the Festival said “The drill by the Indian Air Force was the most awaited event by the people. It was the highlight of the festival. Adamya Chetana Seva Utsava is organised every year in the last week of December. Now it is so popular that, we have thousands of regular people coming every day.”
The festival was inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee on December 30, 2016. In his inaugural address, the President applauded ‘Adamya Chetana Seva Foundation’ headed by Tejaswini Ananth Kumar, wife of senior BJP leader and Union Minister Ananth Kumar for their mid-day meal program and said that it was a nation-building initiative to feed a child.
He also said that government alone cannot achieve many objectives but efforts from public and other institutions can bring a change. In the meantime, President Pranab Mukherjee also inaugurated Shankara National Centre for Cancer Prevention and Research. “Bangalore has become an educational and health hub for the whole of the country,” he complimented.
In an interesting scenario, Governor of Karnataka Vajubhai Vala applauded the state government’s efforts in providing medical facilities to BPL card-holders and said it was a very good move to provide free treatment for cancer for BPL card holders.
“Cancer has become a dreaded disease. Scientists across the globe are conducting research to find a cure for cancer. Thousands of rupees have been spent but no solution has been found yet,” Governor added. He also opined that one day a medicine that will completely cure cancer would be found.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said that the state government was committed to clean and develop lakes in the city and remove the illegal encroachment in lakes. He also said that government has taken good initiatives to repair storm water drains.
The CM also added that through socio-cultural festivals like Adamya Chetana Seva Utsav and Sri Shankara National Center for Cancer Prevention and Research, a holistic and healthy environment can be built.
The water issue now needs utmost importance, especially in a state like Karnataka, which has one of the largest arid zones in the country.
“Adamya Chetana’s annual festival in the last week of December, every year is a meaningful welcome for all of us for the new year,” Siddaramiah concluded.