Madhavpur Mela Current Affairs - 2020

“Madhavpur Mela” of North East reviewed; Cabinet approves 30% NEC allocation to new projects

On January 29, 2020, the Union Minister of Development of NER (North Eastern Region), reviewed the preparations of Madhavpur Mela in Gujarat. It is to be organized in Porbandar (the birth place of Gandhiji).

Also, the Cabinet has approved that 30% of North Eastern Council funds are to be allocated to the new projects of the North East Region.

Highlights

All the eight north eastern states are to participate in the Mela. It includes Assam, Sikkim, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland. The Mela is to commence in April 2020.

Madhavpur lies on the sea shore and the site of marked by the Madhavrai Temple. The temple belongs to 15th century. The Hindu festival associated with the Mela is “Ram Navami”.

Significance

The Mela will integrate the cultures of North-East regions and Gujarat under Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat.

Developmental Aspects

Apart from cultural importance, the mela will also focus on the developmental aspects of the north eastern states. The Mela will focus on setting up of Bamboo Industrial Park in Assam, establishment of North East Convention Centre at Dwarka and introduction of sea plane.

Cabinet Approval

The cabinet has approved that 30% of the North East Council funds are to be allocated to new projects. These projects have been given least importance so far. With increased fund allocation they will be able to reach in pace with the older projects and help in faster development

Ministry of Culture organises Madhavpur Mela in Gujarat

The Union Ministry of Culture for the first time had organised Madhavpur Mela in Madhavpur Ghed in Porbandar District of Gujarat under the banner of Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat. Its purpose is to bring various parts of country especially the North-East, close to each other.

Key Facts

The four day cultural extravaganza saw vibrant cultural trail of art, dance, music, poetry, story-telling and folk drama from Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and other north-eastern states with an aim to integrate the rich cultures of two regions. It also witnessed for first time the magnificent performances from north-east, especially Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur.

Troupes from Assam performed Rukmini-Haran, a popular folk theatre of the region. Musical troupe from Manipur sang songs related to Rukmini in Khullong Ishei and Nat genŕe.  Dance-dramas based on Rukmini-Krishna legends from Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur and folk dance of Idu Mishmi tribe from Arunachal were also displayed.

Background

Madhavpur Mela of Gujarat shares its connect to Mishmi Tribe of Arunachal Pradesh. The tribe traces its ancestry to legendary King Bhishmak and through him to his daughter Rukmini and Lord Krishna.  

Madhavpur Ghed is small but culturally significant village. According to folklore, it is place where, Lord Krishna married Rukmini, the daughter of King Bhishmaka. Madhavpur lies on the seashore, close to Porbandar. 15th century Madhavrai temple marks the site. Madhavpur Mela is commemorated b cultural fair held every year, commencing on Ram Navami. As part of the celebrations, a colorful chariot carrying idol of Krishna circumnavigates village and festivities usually continue for five days.

Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat

It was announced by Government 31st October, 2015 on the occasion of the 140th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Its objective is to strengthen cultural relations of various parts of country and to embolden mutual connection between people dwelling in different in different states

It also aims to celebrate unity in diversity culture of nation and to bolster sentimental bonds between people of different states. It aims to strengthen sentiments for National Unity between citizens of states and states governed by union government by conducting various activities throughout year under this campaign.

All States and UTs will be covered under programme. Under it, there will be pairing of states/UTs at national level mainly for one year or till the next round of pairings. The pairings are being utilized for state level activities. There are district level pairings also that are independent of state level pairings.