Revelries Mark Culmination of Pinjore Heritage Festival Fervor and Excitement Marked

Chandigarh: Fervor and Excitement Marked the concluding day of the 12th Pinjore Heritage Festival as the young and old, both, reached the majestic Pinjore Gardens in droves on a bright Sunday. The vibrant ambiance of the Festival blended with entertaining cultural programs, interesting
competitions for school students and engaging activities promised a great outing for visitors on a
pleasant Sunday morning.
Sh. Vikas Yadav, Managing Director, Haryana Tourism said that the corporation further added that the Festival is an eagerly awaited calendar event and this year too, it has garnered a great response from people. Throughout the day visitors thronged the unique feature created at the Festival, the Apna Ghar
of Haryana to catch a glimpse of the weavers, potters, and ironsmiths demonstrating their skills. They also lapped up their economically-priced handmade products. Jameel Khan from Panchkula showcased the handwoven daris, floor mats, etc made of sheep wool. He says this is his traditional profession and his family has been engaged in this art for generations. People looking to spruce up their decor with some ethnic items, Jameel Khan has everything to offer. Another unique attraction is the collection of vintage coins and stamps on display. The specialty of this particular exhibition is the collection of currency notes with the number 786, coins stacked in the serial number and many other vintage postal stamps and card each with a unique order of collection.
The masqueraders emoting as Lord Krishna, Bhole Shankar, Kaali Mata, and Lord Hanuman
were also a center of attraction at the Festival, as their nuances and mannerisms amused many.
Visitors lined up to get pictures and selfies clicked with them. Rajasthan-based siblings
Shamshad, Firoz and Farid Khan belong to a Rajasthani Muslim community that came all the way to
the Festival to perform as masqueraders (bahrupias). Shamshad tells that this is an art passed on
to them from their previous generations and now they improvise their skills to match the need of
the changing times. From being spies to Kings at one time and now they are hardcore
entertainers and people like to click selfies with them.
Students from various schools showed enthusiastic participation for fancy Dress, Face
Painting and Mehndi competitions. Hundreds of schoolchildren took part in these competitions.
Each student presented the best of their creativity in the various competitions.
Revving up the entertainment quotient, the selfie points of Mughal Style cut-outs are a major
attraction for youngsters. Also making a style statement is the stall where people are lining up to
get traditional Pugris (headgear) tied. The giddha, bhangra, and Ghoomar, Himachali Nati
dancers from the North Zone Culture Centre, Patiala gave riveting performances and kept the
visitors glued to every individual performance. The Baazigar team from Punjab performed
daredevil acrobats and attracted large crowds throughout their performance.
The Crafts Bazaar was another crowd puller, as people got to shop from an array of pocket-friendly handlooms and handicraft stalls set up at the Festival. The visitors enjoyed mouthwatering dishes and street food at the Food Court.
Shri Randhir Singh Gollen, Chairman, Haryana Tourism Corporation, drew curtains on
the 12th Pinjore Heritage Festival at Pinjore Gardens on Sunday evening. A warm welcome was
rendered to the Chairman, following which he lighted the lamp on stage in the gracious presence
of Shri Kanwar Pal, Hon’ble Tourism Minister, Haryana, Shri Vijay Vardhan, Additional Chief
Secretary, Tourism Haryana, Shri Rajeev Ranjan, Director General, Tourism, Haryana and Shri
Mukesh Kumar Ahuja, Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula
Sh. Vijai Vardhan extended a hearty welcome to the Governor and all the dignitaries present
on the occasion. Shri Randhir Singh Gollen complimented the efforts of Haryana Tourism in
organizing this Festival and he further added that this Festival reflects the true heritage and
culture of the state. Governor, Haryana also interacted with the folk artistes performing for the
evening cultural program at the Festival.
Following which the famous Bollywood Singer Madhushree gave a mesmerizing life
performance. She sang to a packed house and sang a medley of numbers. The crowds swayed to
her famous songs sung along her with the star word by word.

12th Pinjore Heritage Festival Results of Competition- 2nd Day (22nd Dec, 2019)
Mehndi Competition (Junior Wing)
1st Prize Shivani, Sikh Girls High School, Kalka
2nd Prize Paravneet Kashish, Sikh Girls High School, Kalka
3rd Prize Prerna Jyoti, New India High School, Pinjore
Mehndi Competition (Junior Wing)
1st Prize Sanjana, Arya Senior Secondary School
2nd Prize Swati Sonia, Govt Senior Secondary School, Bitana
3rd Prize Ankita Kajal, Govt High School, Marranwala
Face Painting Competition (Senior Wing)
1st Prize Pallavi and Raman, Amaravati Vidhalya School, Surajpur (Heritage Theme)
2nd Prize Shivam Divyansh, Amaravati Vidhalya School, Surajpur (Heritage Theme)
3rd Prize Shailja and Aarti, Arya Girls Senior Secondary School, Kalka (Stop Teasing Women)
Face Painting Competition (Junior Wing)
1st Prize Nishtha and Aastha, Amravati Vidhalya School, Surajpur (Heritage Theme)
2nd Prize Deepshikha and Tanishika, New India High School, Pinjore (Yoga Theme/Fit India)
3rd Prize Akash and Anupma, Amaravati Vidhalya School, Surajpur (Heritage Theme)
Fancy Dress Competition
1st Prize Kavika, Sapient Senior Secondary School (Bharat Mata)
2nd Prize Divyanshi, Saint Vivekanand Millenium School (Wet and Dry Waste)
3rd Prize Sukhpreet Singh (Sikh)