Basohli Utsav: Kaleidoscope of events continues to charm visitors

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KATHUA, Oct 20: Basohli Utsav, a much-awaited cultural extravaganza showcasing a kaleidoscope of events enthralling the attendees who turned up in large numbers to witness the nine day long celebrations of Shardiya Navratri. 

Organized under the patronage of the Kathua administration, the festival aimed to celebrate the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the region amidst the picturesque Basohli town affectionately known as Vishwasthali boasting a tapestry of tradition and legacy.

The Inter-School Cultural Programme Competition, a highlight of the Utsav, witnessed the enthusiastic participation of ten schools from across the region. Eager young talents showcased their skills in singing, dancing, acting, and various art forms to a spellbound audience.

The event not only provided a platform for students to display their talents but also promoted healthy competition and camaraderie among the schools.

Another notable event held during the festivities was the Debate Competition, centered on the theme of “Bharat Ki Ramleela Ki Parampara.” This thought-provoking competition fostered intellectual discourse among fiery young minds, as they eloquently presented their arguments and showcased in-depth knowledge of the age-old tradition of Ramleelas in India.

The day-long celebrations also included sporting events such as Kabaddi and Tug–of-war competitions, which added an element of excitement and athleticism to the proceedings. Participants displayed exceptional strength, teamwork, and determination as they vied for victory. These events were met with enthusiasm and support from the local community.

Prominent citizens, tourists, Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs), and a multitude of young students from schools and colleges graced the event with their presence, emphasizing the significant role this festival plays in fostering community engagement and creating lasting memories.

The increasing footfall of the visitors to witness the maiden Basohli Utsav is a testament to the efforts put in by the organizers, volunteers, and the wider community, who worked tirelessly to ensure a memorable experience for all. This festival is not only preserving the cultural heritage of Basohli but has also brought immense joy to the hearts of those who participated.

Moreover, the captivating scenes from Basohli Ram Leela depicting riveting dialogue between Raja Dashrath and Rani Kaikeyi followed by banishment of prince Ram along with devoted wife Sita and loyal brother Lakshman from the Ayodhya made the audience spellbound during yesternight. The Ram Leela production has evoked keen interest of the audience and generated curiosity among them about the upcoming scenes set to showcase the remaining part of the epic.

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