Colourful Valedictory Function Ends National Youth Festival to Honour Youth Icon Swami Vivekananda

Entertainment | January 21, 2021 | News

National Youth Festival Yuvaah -Utsah Naye Bharat Ka

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, in collaboration with State governments, organised the 24th edition of the National Youth Festival (NYF) from January 12 to 16, 2020. Celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of youth icon Swami Vivekananda, the festival was an annual gathering of youth with various activities including competitions.

The festival was celebrated in a hybrid mode in three phases - District level, State level and National level with the theme ‘Yuvaah -Utsah Naye Bharat Ka’. In the first two phases, the events were organized across the districts and subsequently across the States. Various competitive events and non-competitive events were held.

The youth festival aims to propagate the concept of national integration, spirit of communal harmony, brotherhood, courage and adventure amongst the youth by exhibiting their cultural prowess on a common platform.

The opening of the National Youth Festival coincided with closing ceremony of the second edition of the National Youth Parliament Festival and was held in the Central Hall of Parliament on January 12, 2021.

‘Extraordinary’ valedictory function lauded
To compete at the national level for medals and awards, the young talents perform at the district and State levels. To conduct these competitions, across 18disciplines, a team of officers was deployed to manage the competitions, help in creating logistical arrangements, as well as collect and collate the results.

The activities held during the festival include competitive and non-competitive cultural events, martial arts, exhibitions, intellectual discourses, young artist camps, seminars and adventure programmes.

A total of 6 lakh youth registered themselves on the official website and became part of the festival. The competitive events were showcased on virtual platforms. The judges used the virtual platform to select 72 winners in 18 solo events and 6 group events.

Union Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju, said that after district and State level events, the National level events were organised in virtual mode in which around 6 lakh youth participated in 24 competitive events. By taking inspiration from the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, this time, some new events like regional attire, yoga, sports climbing, etc., were added.

Addressing the youth volunteers on the occasion, Union Minister for Women and Child Development and Textiles, Smriti Zubin Irani said that ‘sensitive youth’ will create a new India. She called upon the youth of the country to march ahead on the path of progress, holding the hand of those who need help. She complimented the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports for organising a very extraordinary and colourful valedictory function. She stated that cultural presentations of various States presented a unified India, which exihibits the zeal, capability and extraordinary talent of the youth of the country. The Youth Anthem tied the entire country in one string, she added.

The Youth Anthem for NYF Yuvaah 2021 was sung by Mohit Chauhan and composed by Saurabh Chauhan, dedicating it to the millions of youth across India and to celebrate the spirit of togetherness and harmony. Cultural performances by the youth volunteers of NYKS and NSS on the occasion exuded a spirit of ‘Ék Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’.

The festival was celebrated in a hybrid mode in three phases namely, District level, State level and National level, with the theme ‘Yuvaah -Utsah Naye Bharat Ka’.

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