cidco-festifal-11CIDCO’s Navi Mumbai festival 2010 was a memorable experience for Navi Mumbaikars. The festival in its second run was more than just a memorable experience for the citizens of Navi Mumbai. For them it was four days and night of fun, learning and merriment. The festival this year saw some of the best of events with Live performances by well-known artists. In our weekend feature, we bring to you the highlights of the CIDCO Navi Mumbai Festival 2010. Not very often do citizens of Navi Mumbai get a chance to experience a cultural extravaganza. While cultural events are held, many would agree that they are very selective. And probably that’s why CIDCO Navi Mumbai Festival is called the mother of all festivals because its not just cultural performances but a variety of competitions, events, dances and the best if all, live performances by some of the renowned names of the film and music industry. The much-awaited festival “CIDCO Navi Mumbai Festival” rocked Navi Mumbaikars with all that it had to offer. From cultural performances by flute maestro Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, mushaira -e-shaam, percussions by Siva Mani, morning raga by begum Parveen Sultana, Qawali by Sabri brothers to some sensational performance by music director Pritam, Usha Uthup, Vaishali Samant and Sonu Nigam, CIDCO Navi Mumbai festival had it all and much more. The festival was a time when people could sit back, enjoy the weekend and let themselves lose to take the most of the treat the city was offering. The CIDCO Navi Mumbai Festival was a double celebration for CIDCO as it marked the launch of the much awaited and prestigious Central Park with a grand opening ceremony in Kharghar. The festival commenced with the Live performance by music director Pritam. Keeping in mind the need for social awareness towards conserving environment, many green events were held in the festival like Green CAT Beckons exhibition and workshop and gateway to green world through short films. Save nature to save yourself was the message that the Conservation Action Trust gave to the people through its green exhibition. The exhibition cum workshop pointed out various reasons for destruction of environment among which one is the destruction of mangroves. While on one side short films on “global warming” were aired at CIDCO’s Khandeshwar Lake on the other hand, the festival also saw Navi Mumbaikars participating in the festivals’ Marathon with the message to stop Global Warming. The festival also had something exclusive for city artists with its art exhibition and calligraphy exhibition. Many artists joined this venture and displayed their crafts. For students, a science exhibition and children’s fest was organized. The students prepared different projects based on themes like electricity, sustainability, climate change, energy conservation which was inaugurated at the hands of director of Ryan Group of Schools Grace Pinto and Rajee Gill, wife of CIDCO Managing director G S Gill. On the other hand, as always it were the musical concerts during the festival that were a winner with the audience all the way. From gazals to qawali to pop and classical – the festival had it all. Eminent singers Bhupender and Mitali Singh arrived to perform gazals. The flute performance by Padmabhushan Award winner Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia hypnotized the packed audience in the amphitheatre at Urban Haat with soul searching ragas that were a fusion of the Tabla and the Flute. The performance of percussion Anand Shivamani spontaneously created, got the audience on their feet. The evening also saw the Radio Jockey introducing two rappers coming all the way from USA. This was followed by the Prince and Princess competition in which the participants showed their talent through songs, dance and magic trick. The winners were Mohit Pratap Singh and Prerna Parmer. India’s famous Kawwal Sabri brothers presented such kawwalis which just stole the hearts of Navi Mumbaikars. In the Shyam-a-Mushayara famous Indian Shayar and Ghazal writer Nida Fazli, Mumtaz Rashid and Delhi’s famous Gazal writer Malti Joshi had taken part. And then the grand finale – the closing ceremony of CIDCO Navi Mumbai festival was like icing on cake. All eyes were glued to the main stage at the amphitheatre at Central Park Kharghar. A jam packed arena awaited the performance of their rock star singer Sonu Nigam. Sonu Nigam in his usual boyish charm wooed the audience with his voice and songs. NMTV News exclusively caught up with the singer for an interview on his performance and his future plans. And the man responsible for giving such a cultural extravaganza to the citizens of a fine start to the New Year for Navi Mumbaikars was CIDCO’s MD G S Gill under whose dynamic guidance; the CIDCO Navi Mumbai Festival was successfully held for a second year in a row. All in all, as the CIDCO’s Navi Mumbai festival 2010 bid farewell to the city in its first year at Central Park in Kharghar, Navi Mumbai is already looking forward to the next year of CIDCO’s Navi Mumbai Festival…..

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