New Delhi: The Seventeenth National Youth Festival will be held in Mangalore from 12th to 16th January, 2012. The festival will be inaugurated by Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda, Chief Minister of Karnataka on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at Mangala Stadium. Shri M. Veerappa Moily, Union Minister for Corporate Affairs will be the Chief Guest while Shri Ajay Maken, Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, and Shri Veerendra Heggade, Dharmadhikari, Dharmasthala will be the “Guests of Honour”. Shri Maken will give away the National Youth Awards to 28 individuals and 2 organisations at the inaugural function. This is the first time that the Festival is being organised in Karnataka.
The theme of this year’s event will be “Celebrating Diversity in Unity”. As many as 5000 young persons from all States and UTs are expected to participate in the Youth Festival. Apart from that, young delegates from SAARC countries will also participate in the festival thereby giving it truly “diversified” character.
During the five-day festival, there will be competitive events in 16 individual items and 2 group items. In addition to this, non-competitive events namely Yuva Kriti, Food Festival, Young Artists’ Camp and Adventure Park will be organised by Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan which works under the aegis of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. The National Service Scheme will organise a Youth Convention and a lecture series ‘Suvichaar’.
The Festival will be concluded with a Valedictory Function at Mangala Stadium on 16th January, 2012 which is to be presided by Dr. H.R. Bhardwaj, Governor of Karnataka. Shri Sadananda Gowda will distribute the prizes on the occasion while Shri Maken will be the Chief Guest and deliver the valedictory speech. Shri D.H. Shankar Murthy, Chairman, Karnataka Legislative Council, will be the Guest of Honour.
National Youth Festival, since its inception and first successful organisation in Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) in 1995, is organised every year from 12th to 16th January across different States of the country to commemorate the Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekanand which falls on 12th January. The venues where these Festivals were subsequently held are Kolkata (West Bengal) in 1996, Ahmedabad (Gujrat) in 1997, Chennai (Tamil Nadu) in 1998, Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) in 1999, Gandhinagar (Gujarat) in 2000, Hissar (Haryana) in 2002, Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) in 2003, Jamshedpur (Jharkhand) in 2004, Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh) in 2005, Patna(Bihar) in 2006, Pune (Maharashtra) in 2007 and Chennai (Tamil Nadu) in 2008, Amritsar (Punjab) in 2009, Bhubaneswar (Orissa) in 2010 and Udaipur (Rajasthan) in 2011.