RAJKOT: The 15th edition of the four-day Asmita Parva will kick off from Tuesday at Kailash Gurukul in Mahuva town of Bhavnagar district. Technocrat Sam Pitroda will deliver a lecture at the opening ceremony of the dance, music and literary festival, which is being organized annually by religious preacher Morari Bapu wherein writers and artistes are also honoured for outstanding contributions in their respective fields.
Jaydev Mankad, a member of the organizing committee, said Asmita Parva is organized during Hanuman Jayanti. "During the four-day event, there would be programmes on dance, music, poetry, art and scholarly discussion on literature, including Gujarati. A dance drama 'Ekatva' will be presented by students of Manavsadhana. It will be choreographed by Mrinalini Sarabhai and Mallika Sarabhai of Darpan Dance Academy, Ahmedabad."
This year, the award for lifetime achievement in painting (Kailas Lalitkala award) will be given to Amit Ambalal. The lifetime achievement awards in Indian classical music and dance (Hanumant awards) will be given to Ustad Sultan Khan: saarangi; Pandit Anindo Chatterjee: tabla; Mrunalini Sarabhai: dance; Pandit Rajan and Sajan Mishra: vocal music. The lifetime achievement awards in acting will be conferred on Balkrushna Nimbark for Gujarati folkdance (Bhavai), Markand Bhatt for Gujarati theatre and Waheeda Rehman for Indian films.