The main idea behind 'Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat' is to celebrate the cultural diversity of India through mutual interaction and reciprocity between people of different States and Union Territories (UTs) so that a common spirit of understanding resonates throughout the country. In order to do so, every State and UT in the country is paired with another State/UT for a year, during which they carry out a structured engagement with one another in the spheres of language, literature, cuisine, festivals, cultural events, and tourism.
The broad objectives of the initiative are as follows
i. To CELEBRATE the Unity in Diversity of our nation and to maintain and strengthen the fabric of traditionally existing emotional bonds between the people of our country;
ii. To PROMOTE the spirit of national integration through a deep and structured engagement between all Indian States and Union Territories through a year-long planned engagement between States;
iii. To SHOWCASE the rich heritage and culture, customs and traditions of either State for enabling people to understand and appreciate the diversity of India, thus fostering a sense of common identity
iv. TO ESTABLISH long-term engagements and,
v. TO CREATE an environment which promotes learning between States by sharing best practices and experiences.
During the 2019-2020 cycle, the following results have been achieved:
- Successful implementation of 18 youth camps with a participation of 30+ states and union territories of India. Each camp showcased performing arts, visual arts, cuisines and handicrafts of respective states for raising awareness among the youth.
- 11 performance cum lecture demonstrations on various music traditions and musical instruments of India. Some of these include traditions of Carnatic vocal music, Hindustani vocal music, Gurbani Kirtan and instruments like Mridangam and Flute.
- Dissemination of publications during youth camps on Indian World Heritage Sites and other protected monuments.
- Translation and publication of five books/monographs on Indian culture in other regional languages of India.
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Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan
Sangeet Natak Akademi
Archaeological Survey of India