Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Inaguration of the Prati - Kolhapur Mahostav

CM-Deputy-CM inaugurate Vinay Kore's brainchild, the Prati-Kolhapur Mahotsav

Ashok Chavan, Honourable Chief Minister of Maharashtra and Chhagan Bhujbal, Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra inaugurated the Prati-Kolhapur Cultural Festival, the brainchild of Vinay Kore, Minister for Non-conventional Energy and Horticulture at Shivaji Park, Mumbai on Jan 11 evening.

The minister had actually succeeded in bringing Kolhapur to Mumbai with the fest that boasted of carefully selected Kolhapur monuments recreated in the sets erected by Nitin Desai.

Cultural activities reigned at the Prati-Kolhapur Mahotsav, meticulously planned by Vinay Kore for over six months. A congregation of over 1 lakh Kolhapurites gathered at Shivaji Park to witness the celebration. The day also marked the establishment of Raja Shri Sahu Kolhapur Vikas Prathisthan that strives for the development of this historic town.

"The Mahotsav that is on for the next two days as well, has a lot to offer. From the famous hot and spicy Kolhapuri misal to tambra-pandra rassa to the vada and bhaji to the ghaati mutton to the the molten gold of Kolhapur-jaggery, the fest is a treat for the taste buds. The Kolhapuri saaz and the other traditional silver jewellery and articles, the clothing range from Ichhal Karanji and of course, the ever-haute Kolhapuri chappal vie for space, while corporates of the likes of Warna, and educational institutions like DY Patil College will make their presence felt. Art and culture of Kolhapur will also reign --dhanpatta, lezim, kushti, laavni, gondhal and dhargani dhol among others will rule the roost," enthuses Vinay Kore, Minister for Non-conventional Energy and Horticulture, and the visionary who conceptualized the entire Fest.

Yours to visit the fest, and enjoy the Kolhapuri fiesta.

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