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The second zonal level competition of the Vande Bharatam Nritya Utsav is to be held today in Mumbai

More than 40 winners of State and Union Territory Level Competitions of Western Zone will take participate in the event

The selection process of the Vande Bharatam Nritya Utsav competition has reached its next stage at the zonal level. The zonal level event has been kick started from today till December 12 in four different cities. The prime objective of this competition is to select the top dancing talent from across the country and provide them with the opportunity to perform during the Republic Day Parade 2022.

The second zonal level event of this competition will be held on December 10, 2021, at St Andrews College of Arts, Science and Commerce Auditorium, Bandra West, Mumbai from 10.00 am onwards. During the second Zonal level event in Mumbai, one will get to witness the rich dance forms, music, songs of India in classical, folk, tribal and contemporary forms. More than 40 winners of the State Level Competition held for the various States and UT’s Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli of the Western Zone will take part in this event. Groups from Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Goa were eligible to take part in the event.

This is for the first time that dance groups to perform in a Republic Day Parade are being chosen based on an all India level competition. Vande Bharatam Dance Competition has been organised as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav to celebrate 75 years of Independence. This is a unique initiative of the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Culture to commemorate the 75th year of India’s Independence celebrated as Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. 

The Vande Bharatam competition which began at the District level on November 17, 2021, saw the participation of more than 3,870 contestants in 323 groups. Those who cleared the screening at the district level took part in State level competition from November 30, 2021. More than 20 virtual events were conducted for the State-level competition over a span of 5 days till 4th December 2021.

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Over 300 groups were selected for the state-level comprising of over 3,000 dancers/participants. Thus, over a period of one month, the event gave an opportunity to all aspirants to showcase their talent to win a slot at the National level.

Likewise, the Zonal level events will be held in Bengaluru on 11th December 2021 and in New Delhi on 12th December 2021.  The Zonal Level competitions will be broadcast LIVE on the official Facebook page & YouTube channel of Vande Bharatam along with the website (vandebharatamnrityautsav.in) and mobile application. More than 2400 participants from 200 plus teams have been short-listed for the zonal level competition. Selected teams from this round will progress to the Grand Finale which will be held in New Delhi. Top 480 dancers declared as winners will perform on the Republic Day Parade held at Rajpath, New Delhi on 26th January 2022.

Disclaimer : This is an official press release by PIB.

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