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Updated December 26th, 2023 at 16:23 IST

Andaman and Nicobar Islands illuminate with Island tourism festival after 4-year hiatus

The festival's highlight includes a stellar performance by the legendary percussionist Thetakudi Harihara Vinayakram, known as Vikku Vinayakram.

Isha Bhandari
Andaman & Nicobar Island fest glows after 4-year hiatus!
Andaman & Nicobar Island fest glows after 4-year hiatus! | Image:Shutterstock
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In a thrilling revival, the Island Tourism Festival (ITF) is set to captivate Andaman and Nicobar Islands from December 27 to 31, marking its return after a four-year hiatus. The Department of Information, Publicity, and Tourism, in collaboration with the Department of Art and Culture, promises a vibrant cultural extravaganza at 15 venues across the archipelago.

Island Tourism Festival’s highlight 

The festival's highlight includes a stellar performance by the legendary percussionist Thetakudi Harihara Vinayakram, known as Vikku Vinayakram, and renowned Indian classical dancer Madhavi Mudgal on December 29. 

The 'God of ghatam,' Vinayakram, a Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awardee, is expected to enthrall the audience with his musical prowess.

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Nandini Maharaj, Special Secretary of the Department of Information, Publicity, and Tourism, expressed excitement, saying, “This year, we have curated performances that appeal to a wide range of audiences, featuring classical stalwarts and fresh talents. A great mix of dance and music awaits all those attending the Island Tourism Festival, 2023.”

The grand opening ceremony on December 27 will see Lieutenant Governor Admiral D K Joshi (Retd) as the Chief Guest and MP Kuldeep Rai Sharma as the Guest of Honour. The event will pay tribute to the resilience of families affected by the 2004 tsunami, with choreographer Shohini Dutta showcasing 'Resilient Waves,' a tale of islands before and after the tsunami.

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ITF 2023 will also feature 'We Are One,' a dance troupe of differently-abled artists, presenting an interpretative dance show on the 2004 tsunami. Kuan Panam, a Nicobar-based band, and SPIC MACAY will add to the festival's diverse cultural tapestry.

Closing the festivities on December 30, the famous Qawwali group, Warsi Brothers from Rampur, promises to leave a lasting musical imprint on this rejuvenated Island Tourism Festival.

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Published December 26th, 2023 at 16:23 IST

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