Nagpur: The four-day Nagpur Mahotsav organised by the Nagpur Municipal Corporation began with a bang on Sunday. Mohit Chauhan’s performance created an electrifying atmosphere that thrilled the audience. The chief guests lighted the ceremonial lamp amid slight drizzle to mark the start of the grand event. The rain took a rest after blessing the function and the festivities began under the thundering claps of the audience.
Earlier, the chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, Union minister for surface transport and shipping Nitin Gadkari and guardian minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule lighted the ceremonial lamp and inaugurated the Nagpur Mahotsav. Mayor Pravin Datke, chairman of editorial board of Lokmat Media and Rajya Sabha member VijayDarda, deputy mayor Munna Pokulwar, MP Kripal Tumane, MP Ajay Sancheti, MLA Krishna Khopde, MLA Sudhakar Kohle, MLAAnil Sole, MLC Prakash Gajbhiye, MLAVikas Kumbhare, MLC Nago Ganar, MLA Ashish Deshmukh, NMC standing committee chairman Ramesh Singare, ruling party leader Dayashankar Tiwari, former chairman of NMC standing committee Sandip Joshi, municipal commissioner Shravan Hardikar and others were present on the occasion.
Corporators, former and incumbent NMC officials attended the inauguration ceremony. Prominent among them were former mayor Archana Dehankar, corporator Parinay Fuke, Gopal Bohre, Bandu Raut, Balya Borkar, Girish Deshmukh and others.
Union minister for surface transport and shipping Nitin Gadkari extended his best wishes for the Nagpur Mahotsav on this occasion. “I hope Nagpurians will enjoy the four days of festivities and rain gods will cooperate,” he said, extending his best wishes.
The chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said Nagpur Mahotsav is a big celebration organised by the Nagpur Municipal Corporation. Noting that the mayor had requested for an assistance from the State government in organising the event, Fadnavis said the State has accepted this request and will grant assistance to the four-day festival through the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC). He announced that the State government will henceforth always participate in the Nagpur Mahotsav. “The event is an opportunity to show the culture of Nagpur to the world and a platform of their own for the local artists,” Fadnavis said.