By Ramesh K Dhiman ,CHANDIGARH – With a view to paying rich tribute to the legendary Nek Chand, creator of the wonderland, called Rock Garden, the Chandigarh Administration is all set to celebrate the first-ever Nek Chand Day festival with much fanfare, beginning on December 12.
Briefing media persons here on Thursday, the UT Home Secretary, Mr Anurag Aggarwal, said the 4-day festival will go to a colourful start with the unveiling of the rare sculptures of the late master artist-craftsman.
Elaborating further on the festivity, dedicated to the late Padma Awardee Nek Chand, Mr Aggarwal said the 4-day cultural bonanza will feature scintillating folk dances of various regions, besides showcasing rare folk art and artifacts by artists. A surfeit of other activities to give a push to tourism in the city will be the highlights of the day.
Anuj Saini, son of the late artist, who has been assigned the task of carrying forward the rich legacy of his father, said it had been our long-cherished desire to immortalize his creations by holding commemorative function, annually. The event going underway is a befitting tribute to the artist and his wonderland.
Besides featuring a range of cultural activities, including reality shows and divine musical concerts, the festivity will have Punjabi and Bollywood singing sensations, who will keep the audience in thralls on the occasion. Governor of Punjab and Haryana-cum-UT Administrator Kaptan Singh Solanki will preside over the closing ceremony of the 4-day extravaganza..