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Uttarakhand Mahotsav Day 5 & Day 7

The evening of Day 5 featured two traditional “Nataks” or plays, both centering on the court intrigues of the medieval period. The first play was set in Kumaoni, while the second in Garhwali. Day 6 was attended by over 10,000 people owing to the various…

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Uttarakhand Mahotsav Day 3

Day 3 of the Mahotsav was dedicated to up and coming Garhwali performers from as young as 10.The talent that was displayed was quite impressive. [bubbleshare 89072.0c75958c92e]

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Uttarakhand Mahotsav Day 2

Day 2 of the Mahotsav was well attended, which bodes well for the rest of the festival. The acts again were incomparable. The controversy over the lack of Narender Singh Negi’s inclusion in the program continues to swirl, although the issue is beginning to be…

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Uttarakhand Mahotsav 2006 Opens

Here are some pictures from the opening day of Uttarakhand Mahotsav 2006, the annual grassroots fair organized by Akhil Garhwal Sabha that brings together artists from all over the state. [bubbleshare 87985.436d20df821]

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Op-Ed: Reflections on State Formation Day: For the Common Good?

By Rajiv Rawat Garhwal Post, 9 November 2006 It is fortuitous that I begin my regular biweekly column for Garhwal Post on the sixth anniversary of the foundation of “Uttaranchal.” As a resident of the US and Canada in the 1990s, I sought to do…

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GP: USSM presses Gairsen demand ahead of State Formation Day

[bubbleshare 88125.9febecccf96]Garhwal Post, November 9, 2006 Dehradun, 8 Nov: The Uttarakhand Sanyukt Sangarsh Morcha (USSM) held a dharna at the gates of Gandhi Park today to press their demand for moving the capital of Uttaranchal to Gairsen. Various representatives of groups affiliated to the joint…

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Op-Ed: Appealing to NRUs with A Clear Vision and Alternative

By Rajiv Rawat Garhwal Post, 26 October 2006 As a past office bearer and long-time member of both the Canadian and US Uttarakhandi associations, I look with sympathy upon the UKD’s attempts to generate funds (Garhwal Post, 25 Oct) to counter the powerful political machines…

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Historic Nanda Devi Trek Draws World Women

By Rajiv Rawat Garhwal Post, 19 October 2006 JOSHIMATH, 18 Oct: This past weekend, the last of three international teams departed for Dharansi Pass as part of the Inaugural Nanda Devi Women’s Trek. Stopping over at eminent journalist Harish Chandola’s guest house near Auli, the…

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NDTV: Mountaineer celebrates Diwali in unique way

Sanket Upadhyay, NDTV Wednesday, October 18, 2006 (Gangotri, Uttaranchal): The first Indian woman to climb the Nanda Devi peak, Harshwanti Bisht, celebrates Diwali by cleaning up the garbage left behind by the many pilgrimages near the Gangotri Gaumukh glacier in Uttaranchal. Along with that she…

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Hindu: UKD activists held

The Hindu, 19 October 2006 DEHRA DUN: Eleven Uttarakhand Kranti Dal (UKD) activists were arrested and security around the Virasat festival venue was strengthened after they climbed up the stage and tried to obstruct the ongoing cultural programme on Tuesday evening. Raising slogans against the…

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