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Four-day cultural extravaganza set to rock Jamshedpur

Carnival parade on Dec 18 to feature Army vehicles, vintage cars, Bhangra

Jamshedpur : December is an alluring time for friends and family get-together in search of much-needed warmth. Jamshedpur Winter Fest 2017 has everything for the people to enjoy the splendid weather. For the people of Jamshedpur, Gopal Maidan would be the destination during the four-day Carnival (December 18 21, 2017) which is dotted with a whole number of colourful events.

The fest which began on November 5 this year brings the most eagerly anticipated event every year. The event which everyone has been waiting for and which draws people in hordes is the Jamshedpur Carnival Parade which will be held on December 18. The Carnival Parade which will host vintage car rally, Army bands, rout dance, Nepali dance, Chhattisgarhi dance, Bhangra will be flagged off from Jubilee Park on December 18 and culminate at Gopal Maidan, the venue for the four-day extravaganza starting with dance festival (Zenith dance troupe) on December 18 from 5.30 pm, SaReGaMa on December 19 followed by Rock Band performance by Delhi based Orient Express, said Ashish Mathur, managing director, Jusco.

Addressing a press conference at the Centre for Excellence on Wednesday, Mathur said, the fest will host Master Chef Competition organized by Jamshedpur Hoteliers Association and painting competition by Jamshedpur School of Art on November 20th. The major attraction of the four-day event will be celebrity mega Musical Night featuring Javed Ali. The food festival will begin on December 18 and will continue till December 21.

“The carnival parade for the very first time will feature Army with newly acquired vehicles playing Jazz music and Punjabi couples riding the bikes”, informed Mathur.

The carnival itself is chock-a block with events. One of its biggest draws is the Dance Competition, where local dance academies and schools vie for a prize with performances on a theme that must combine various genres as different as Bharatnatyam, Chau, Salsa and Hip Hop! Aspiring singers participate in the local Sa Re Ga Ma competition.

Rock and Roll fans can enjoy an evening of thumping rock music, where bands from all over Jharkhand come to play. For kids, the Game Zone set up in the Maidan has quite a few challenges in store. Foodies can savour the delights of the food festival, organized by the Jamshedpur Hoteliers Association. Budding chefs can take part in a Master Chef competition which has received several male entries. While budding artists can take part in the painting competition organized by the Jamshedpur School of Art.

From Khao Gali in Amritsar to Streets of Charminar in Hyderabad, Chhat wali gali, mangolian, street food of Chandani Chowk can all be enjoyed by one and all on all the four days, said Mathur.

Visitors can stay in the numerous hotels that have sprung up, that cater to different budgets, and the local Hoteliers’ Association, one of the partners in the Fest, is here to accommodate visitors who come in at this time. There’s an entire season’s worth of fun, packed and waiting in the Winter Fest 2017 in Jamshedpur, a town that also makes steel, noted Mathur.

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