BENGALURU: The four-day annual Adamya Chetana, a cultural fest by Smt Girija Shastry Memorial Trust at the Basavanagudi National College grounds, will feature radars and models of other defence equipment.
This year’s edition, scheduled to begin on December 31, will see two initiatives -- Kalam-Salaam and Green Bharat.
On Tuesday, Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers Ananth Kumar’s wife Tejaswini, a patron of the fest, confirmed this. She said the fest will witness several cultural performances including thousands of students singing Vande Mataram.
“Adamya Chetana will be inaugurated by Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar. There will be 70 performances spread over four days,” she said. “This year, we will give saplings to every visitor who pledges to strive for a green Bengaluru. We have got around 50,000 saplings for this.”
Kalam-Salaam, an exhibition dedicated to former president A P J Abdul Kalam, will showcase India’s achievements in the space, defence and aviation sectors.
Entities like Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will participate.
While ISRO will display models of the Mangalyaan, Chandrayaan, GSLV, PSLV and others, Aeronautical Development will showcase the Light Combat Aircraft.
HAL will bring models of Advanced Light Helicopter and Light Combat Helicopter, while DRDO will feature its UAVs including Lakshya and Nishant. A model of the BRAHMOS missile will also be on view. From Research Centre Imarat of Hyderabad will come models of missiles like Akash, Agni and Prithvi. The Electronics and Radar Development Establishment will bring radars to the fest.
The Green Bharat initiative aims to encourage people to adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle and raise awareness on the importance of environment conservation. Noted environmentalists, including A N Yellappa Reddy, Prof T V Ramachandra Rao and Dr Hareesh Bhat, will participate.
“Climate change and the protection of the environment are pivotal factors and need additional awareness. A play -- Gokula Nirgamana -- first directed by the late B V Karanth and produced by T S Nagabharana, will be the highlight,” added Tejaswini.
Noted politicians, including several ministers, are on the guest list for the event.