Pune, 10th February 2024: Residents of Pune are in for a treat as the city gears up to host the ‘Shivgarjana’ Mahanatya (Mega Play) from February 23rd to 25th, followed by the Mahasanskruti Festival at the end of the month. These events are set to inspire and showcase the rich cultural heritage of the state.
A preparatory meeting, chaired by Resident Deputy Collector Jyoti Kadam and attended by officials such as Additional Chief Executive Officer of Zilla Parishad Chandrakant Waghmare, was recently held in the Collector’s office to discuss arrangements for the Mahasanskruti Mahotsav and the 350th Shiva Rajya Abhisheka year celebration.
Jyoti Kadam emphasized that the Mahasanskruti Mahotsav in Pune will exhibit various folk arts and cultural splendours of the state, while the ‘Shivgarjana’ Mahanatya will serve as an inspiration to all, including students of Mahanatya schools.
The meeting was attended by officials from various departments, including Deputy Collector Archana Tambe, District Surgeon Dr. Nagnath Yempalle, and Deputy Commissioner of the Urban Development Department Venkatesh Durvas. Plans were discussed for the three-day performance of ‘Shivgarjana’ Mahanatya, scheduled to take place in front of the training centre of Yerawada Jail.
During the Mahasanskrut Mahotsav at the Lokshahir Anna Bhau Sathe Auditorium in Bibvewadi, a five-day celebration will unfold, with a focus on local artists. Cultural programs ranging from Shivcharitra to various folk arts of Maharashtra will be presented, along with exhibitions showcasing Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, protected forts, handicrafts, tourism, and products of self-help groups.
The festival will also feature masculine sports, art from the Shiva period, disappearing sports, and various competitions to engage attendees and celebrate the cultural diversity of Maharashtra. The organizers aim to create an immersive experience that honours tradition while embracing contemporary expressions of art and heritage.