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Bhopal: IGRMS foundation day celebrations from today

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BHOPAL: Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (IGRMS) is going to organise its 41st Foundation Day celebrations from March 21 to 23. The formal inauguration will start with a special exhibition ‘Meghalaya: A Glimpses of Cultural Heritage’ by Manoj Shrivastava, IAS, principal secretary, culture.  On this occasion Pankaj Rag, IAS (joint secretary, ministry of culture) will be guest of honour. On the eve of Foundation Day, country’s largest lamp with 1001 wicks ‘Aal-Vilakku’ will be lighted. In the inaugural ceremony ‘Annual IGRMS Lifetime Achievement Award’ will be presented to AK Danda (former director, Anthropological Survey of India). Later in the evening, traditional artists from Meghalaya will present Shad Kynoi Khon, Shad Pliang etc dances and Pynter Orchestra will give performing arts presentation at Veethi Sankul open air auditorium from 7pm.  A national seminar on ‘Cultural Heritage of Meghalaya’ will be held where subject experts from Meghalaya – Cecile Mawlong, Quenbala Marak, Esther Syiem, Phrang Roy, Badapin War, Fr. Joseph Puthenpurakal, RR Gowloog, Gautam K Bera, Sanat Chakraborty and Henry Laminwill will participate. The seminar will take place on March 21 and 22 daily from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm at Rock Art Conference Hall. Apart from this, various other activities like seminars, lectures, craft fair and food festival would also be major attractions of the programme.