Pinjore,28.11.15-The 10th Pinjore Heritage Festival began with much enthusiasm at Pinjore Gardens, Pinjore today. Haryana Tourism Minister, Mr. Ram Bilas Sharma inaugurated the festival.

            Principal Secretary, Tourism Department Dr Sumita Misra said that the Festival offers the visitors from soul-stirring performances to shopping handlooms and handicrafts to savouring culinary delights.

Managing Director, Haryana Tourism Corporation, Mr Vikas Yadav said that the Festival offers a great connect between the new generation and ancient civilisations for which many initiatives have been taken like creation of Apna Ghar and display of artefacts from Dharohar Museum, Kurukshetra.

The visitors were enthralled by day performances by folkdance groups of North Zone Cultural Centre, Patiala, like Been Sapera, Bachari, Jangam, Bhangra, Giddha and puppet show. Students from various schools of Pinjore, Panchkula and surrounding areas participated at various competitions like rangoli making and solo folk dance. The special children from Blind School, Sector 26, and Chandigarh also exhibited their talent through dance and singing performances on stage.

In the Food Court, students from State Institutes of Hotel Management (SIHMs) from Rohtak, Panipat, Kurukshetra Faridabad and Yamunanagar offered spicy and mouth-watering treats for visitors. The jaleba of Gohana become a big hit with visitors. The Crafts Bazaar displayed ethnic handlooms and handicrafts from various parts of the country including stone terracotta and  brass metal artefacts, shawls and suits, handbags, decor items and bedcovers.

On the first day of the festival, many competitions were organized for schoolchildren. In Rangoli competition, in senior group, Tanya, Simran, Gurleen and Amarjot of Vivekanand Millennium School, HMT Pinjore won first position, Ranjana, Komal, Jyoti, Muskan and Shivani of Soldier Paradise Senior Secondary School, Dhakoli, Zirakhpur won second position while Sandeep, Ashu, Ashish Kumar, Sachin and Yogesh of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Kalka won third position. The consolation prize was given to Rajan, Deepika, Mehal, Aman Veer and Robin of Mount Litra School, Panchkula.

In the junior group of same competition, Manisha, Jasmine and Anchal Gupta of Modern Ways Model High School, Chandigarh won first position, Rimjhim, Yashika, Kaman Dhiman, Deepak and Jyoti of New India High School, Pinjore won second position and Taranpreet, Ankit, Simran and Dilpreet of Mount Litra Zee School, Panchkula won third position while Jatinder Kumar, Pintoo, Varun and Pooja Jha of Sikh Girl High School, Kalka won consolation prize.

In solo dance performance of students from class 1 to 8, Nishita of Little Champ Preparatory Dharampur, Pinjore won first position, Gauri of Bal Dharti School won Second position and Ishila of Noble High School won third position while Rajat of Government High School Beergaghar won consolation prize.

In the competition of special children, Anjali of Institute for Blind School, Sector 26, Chandigarh won first position, Mamta won second, Ravi won third and Pushplata won consolation prize.   

The two day Festival will last till November 29, 2015.  It will have mehndi, drawing and group dance competition for students, Heritage Walk and Best Dressed Competition for senior citizens tomorrow. The Sufi singer Gazi Khan Barna from Jaisalmer will perform in the evening on November 29, 2015.