The completion of 100 episodes of Mann Ki Baat has prompted the Ministry of Culture to take up three unique initiatives. According to Secretary, Culture, Government of India Shri Govind Mohan, these initiatives will celebrate the platform of Mann Ki Baat and the achievers who have featured in it. The 100th edition of Mann Ki Baat, a revolutionary initiative of Prime Minister Modi, will be aired on All India Radio on April 30, 2023.
Shri Govind Mohan stated that Mann Ki Baat, founded on the principles of inclusion and people-centric governance, has been a source of inspiration for the people and a platform to celebrate ordinary Indians doing extraordinary work. To celebrate the occasion in a momentous way, the Culture Ministry has planned state-of-the-art projection mapping shows at 13 iconic locations, including ASI monuments located across the country, commencing on April 29, 2023. The projections on each of the monuments will showcase the historic, architectural importance and distinctiveness of the region, highlighting the diversity of India as a country, on the lines of diverse topics and themes addressed by the Prime Minister in his show Mann Ki Baat.
The Secretary further explained that the Ministry of Culture, in collaboration with NGMA, has curated an immersive experience through an art exhibition called Jana Shakti. It will showcase paintings by 12 renowned artists and will be inaugurated on April 30 at NGMA, New Delhi.
The third initiative of the Ministry of Culture involves the publication of the Amrit Chitra Comics. These comics will highlight the heroic stories of the common people mentioned by the Prime Minister in his Mann Ki Baat. The stories will present the experiences and the exceptional and good work done by these heroes in a story format, Shri Govind Mohan added.
Shri Govind Mohan emphasized that these initiatives are an endeavor to communicate and connect with the Indian people through a popular medium. These initiatives will reiterate the message and suggestions of the Prime Minister given through Mann Ki Baat to inspire people and capture their popular imagination towards nation-building.
The 13 iconic monuments/locations where the projection mapping shows will be held include –
- Red Fort, Delhi
- Gwalior Fort, Madhya Pradesh
- Konark Sun Temple, Odisha
- Golconda Fort, Telangana
- Vellore Fort, Tamil Nadu
- Gateway of India, Maharashtra
- NavRatangarh Fort, Jharkhand
- Ramnagar Palace, Udhampur
- Residency Building, Uttar Pradesh
- Modhera Sun Temple, Gujarat
- Rang Ghar, Assam
- Chittorgarh Fort, Rajasthan
- Pradhanmantri Sangrahalaya, New Delhi
The event will be open for the public from 5 PM onwards. The Projection mapping show, which will be in regional languages and will elaborate the history and heritage of our country, will be the centre of attraction. The visitors will be able to enjoy it from 7 PM onwards. The show will highlight the theme of Mann ki Baat along with the historical and architectural marvel of the monument, in the spirit of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat.
Apart from this, various other initiatives such as ‘Audio Booth’ – for listening to the past episodes of Mann Ki Baat, ‘Selfie Booth’ – for collecting the memories of this momentous occasion through pictures, and ‘Message Booth’ – for sharing thoughts & opinions regarding the event will be part of the fun package of the event.
In another initiative, NGMA Delhi will also inaugurate an exhibition on ‘Jana Shakti’ on 30th April , 2023. Renowned artist Anjolie Ela Menon will grace the occasion as chief guest along with the Union Minister for Culture, Tourism & DoNER G. Kishan Reddy, Minister of State for Culture & Parliamentary Affairs Arjun Ram Meghwal and Minister of State for Culture & External Affairs Meenakashi Lekhi.
The exhibition will have presentation by prominent artists on 12 different themes such as water conservation, women empowerment, awareness about Corona pandemic, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, environment and climate change, Indian agriculture system, Yoga and Ayurveda, Indian Science, Sports and Health, India’s Achievements in 75 Years of its independence, Amrit Kaal and Celebration of culture, tradition and art of Northeast India.
The exhibition will be presented by eminent artists such as Vibha Galhotra on Water Conservation, Madhavi Parekh on Women Empowerment, Atul Dodiya on the theme of Awareness on Corona pandemic, Riyas Komu on the theme of Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, G.R Iranna on the theme of Environment & Climate Change, Ashim Purkayastha on Indian Agricultural System. Manu Parekh will be presenting on the theme of Yoga & Ayurveda, while Thukral and Tagra will showcase Dimensions of Indian Technology and Space Science through Art; Paresh Maiti will highlight the Importance of India’s Traditional and Modern Practices in Achieving Your Best Potential; Pratul Das will focus on Economic, Scientific, Cultural and Educational achievements of India after Independence and Future resolutions. Others include Importance of Unique Cultural and Social Characteristics of North East India by Jagannath Panda ; and India and the World by Manjunath Kamath. Kiran Nadar, Chairperson of Kiran Nadar Museum of Art is adviser to the project.
The Prime Minister envisioned Mann Ki Baat to be a platform where he could directly connect with people and bring forth inspiring work done by ordinary citizens. Hence, the Ministry of Culture in collaboration with Amar Chitra Katha, is going to launch a series of 12 comic books on the themes and stories covered in Mann ki Baat over a period of one year, starting from 30th April 2023. The book will contain a set of fictional characters who will be constant across the entire 12 book series. These books will be printed in English and then translated into 12 Indian languages.
Through this unique endeavour, the Ministry of Culture aims at furthering the thought process that went behind conceptualising an event such as Mann Ki Baat, while at the same time bolstering the effort of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in promoting, propagating and pulsating Indian culture, tradition and art throughout the world.
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi addresses the nation through Mann Ki Baat on the last Sunday of every month. His radio address is broadcast in 22 Indian languages, 29 dialects, and 11 international languages through multiple platforms.
Mann Ki Baat, a brain child of the Prime Minister started on 3rd of October, 2014 on All India Radio, has reached new heights of creating an inclusive platform for all and further facilitated public participation in the matters of national and international interest. The programme also recognises the achievements and successes of common people, NGOs, SHGs etc. in national development.
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