Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat: Celebrating the Spirit of India at IIT Kharagpur

IIT Kharagpur celebrated the ‘Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat’ initiative by MHRD, Government of India, in its campus premises on 30 and 31 Jan 2018. This program is the first in the series of cultural celebrations proposed by the Government of India and will be subsequently followed by 15 more such cultural days in the campus.
Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat initiative is aimed at celebrating the diverse linguistic, cultural and religious traditions that hold together our composite national identity.
On 30th and 31st Jan 2018, IIT Kharagpur celebrated and showcased the rich cultural and social heritage of Tamil Nadu and Jammu & Kashmir.
The program has been designed by the students of the institute under the aegis of Technology Students’ Gymkhana at IIT Kharagpur assisted by the Art & Cultural departments of the states of Tamil Nadu and Jammu & Kashmir.
“This year-long initiative will definitely prove to be a catalyst in narrowing down the distances in terms of connect and communication and bring about an amalgamation of cultures from different spectrums of our society” Prof. William K Mohanty, President, Technology Students’ Gymkhana.
The event featured some unique cultural representations from the states which otherwise remain unknown to the rest of the country. These included Mayilattam (Peacock Dance), Silambattam (Indian Martial Art from Tamil Nadu) & Bull Dance, Karakattam (Water Pot Dance), Kavadi Attam (Burden Dance) & Puliyattam (Tiger Dance), Devaraattam (Folk Dance Preserved by Kattabomman Dynasty at Madurai) & Moonkilpatham,  Naiyandi Melam (Mockery Dance using Unique Percussion Instrument) from Tamil Nadu and Hiran Dance (J&K), Balti/Ladakhi Group Song by J&K students, Bacha Nagma Performance (J&K).
Apart from contributing around 103 artists from their states to perform various cultural activities, both these states also put up their authentic food and merchandise stalls inside the Institute premises for the benefit of the IIT community and students.