Bangalore.Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav (RSM) 2018, the celebrated festival organized by the Ministry of Culture in Karnataka from 14th January, 2018 closed its Bengaluru component today with a dazzling grand finale of various art forms.

The festival has been receiving continuous acclaim for playing a major role to effectively connect the Bengaluru audience to the rich, diverse and undiscovered culture of India under the umbrella of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat. This time the State paired with Karnataka is Uttarakhand. The festival brought together more than 350 performers to perform over 15 folk dance forms  and showcased handicrafts created by more than 50 master craftsmen from all over India clubbed with, diverse cuisines prepared by traditional chefs, all under one- roof.


This RSM under the broad umbrella theme of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat has covered a profusion of art forms from a Ramman ritual theatre of Garhwal Himalayas (inscribed by UNESCO as Cultural Heritage in 2009). The 2nd day of the Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav witnessed Karnataka Sangeet Symphony led by violinst Apoorva Krishna. Subsequently, 3rd day of RSM witnessed Sitar recital by Shafique Khan from Dharwad.

A handloom and handicrafts-utsav organized by the Zonal Cultural Centres in partnership with state governments with a live demonstration of different crafts from Uttarakhand was also showcased in the Mahotsav. The gastronomic culture of several other partnering states with 6 traditional cuisines with a special focus on Uttarakhand was rolled out through a food festival. The people of Bengaluru witnessed an unequalled shopping journey viz handicrafts, cuisines, sculpture, photography, wood art and performing arts, all under one campus.

The festival showcases a variety of tribal art forms from different cities and towns across the country accompanied by music and folk dance such as Thadya Chhapeli Nritya by dancers from Uttrakhand, Paku etu from Arunachal Pradesh, Ghode Modni from Goa, Siddi Dhamal from Gujarat, Thiruvathira from Kerala, Kaksar Nritya from Chattisgarh, Kalbelia from Rajasthan, Purullia Chhou from West Bengal, Gudum Baza from Madhya Pradesh, Ghoomar/Phaag Nritya from Haryana, Gangalur from Madhya Pradesh, Karagam, Kavadi, Pambai, Aadhimelam from Tamilnadu, Mathuri, Lambadi & Dhimsa from Telangana and Janapada Nritya from Karnataka.

In addition to the cultural fiesta, a gamut of events under the Mahotsav as mentioned below has also been done in Bengaluru.

At the Manikyavelu Mansion (National Gallery of Modern Art)


  • Exhibition on Nicholas Roerich, a Russian artist, writer, theosophist and archaeologist who lived and died in the Himalayas. Gallery walk through with curator
  • Slide – talk presentation on artists from Uttarakhand.

At the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, (Southern Regional Centre)

  • Exhibition on Uttarakhand curated by IGNCA
  • Screening of films on Almora Ramleela and Pandavleela

The Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav is as per the following schedule:

17th – 18th January 2018,Hubli – Dharwad ,Nehru Stadium 7.00 PM and from , 19th – 20th January 2018  Mangaluru Nehru Stadium.

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