The 5th International Ramayan Festival organized by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) is being held from 17-19 September 2019 in New Delhi. The maiden day of festival was presided by Union Minister for Home Affairs Amit Shah as Chief Guest.
The year 2019 is 5th edition of International Ramayan Festival. The festival is being organized for 5th year in row, during which 17 countries have participated with their artists and rendered their versions of Ramayan.
The ICCR was established with the vision of propagating Indian culture and its values to the whole world and organizing Ramayan festival is one way to realize this vision.
Ramayan is one such scripture of India that has transcended Personal, Religious, Societal, Cultural and National boundaries and reached a Global audience.
About Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR)
It was founded in 1950 by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad who was independent India’s 1st Education Minister.
- To actively participate in formulation and implementation of programmes and policies realting to India’s external cultural relations
- To foster and strengthen mutual understanding and cultural relations between India and other countries
- To promote cultural exchanges and develop relations with other countries and people, national and international organization in field of Culture
After completing the official procedure for renaming Hyderabad Karnataka region Chief Minister of Karnataka B.S. Yediyurappa made the official proclamation to rename the region as Kalyana Karnataka. The Hyderabad Karnataka region comprises six north-eastern districts of Karnataka: Bidar, Kalaburagi, Koppal, Ballari, Yadgir and Raichur.
The announcement was made by CM ahead of hosting of national flag in Kalaburagi on occasion of commemoration of ‘Hyderabad-Karnataka Liberation Day’. All other formalities relating to renaming would follow in consultation with Centre.
The name ‘Kalya’ (in ‘Kalyana Karnataka’) comes from Kingdom of Kalyana, which was the epicenter of Sharana movement and Vachana Sahitaya preached and followed by several social reformers, including Basvanna.
The renaming of Hyderabad-Karnataka as Kalyana Karnataka has been a long standing demand of people of the region.
CM also announced that a separate secretariat would be set up for the development of Kalyana Karnataka, through which funds would be released for developmental work.
More funds for the all-round development of Kalyana Karnataka region would be allocated in the next budget.
The Hyderabad-Karnataka region was under Nizams of Hyderabad even after independence (1947) as the last Nizam, Mir Osman Ali Khan Bahadur, refused to annex his kingdom to Indian Union. Then on 17 September 1948 he merged with Indian Union after Police Action which forced the Nizam and his army to surrender.
Owing to its backwardness, the region, comprising of Bidar, Kalaburagi, Koppal, Ballari, Yadgir and Raichur enjoys special status under Article 371J of Constitution of India.