Pune Festival – A gem in Cultural Festivals, 1989 –
This is the 17th year of the Pune Festival. At the pinnacle of representation of cultural pride, in Maharashtra, the Pune Festival, which is part of the Ganeshotsav festival completes 16 years of celebrations. This milestone is indeed a cultural landmark in the history of Maharashtra.
Pune Festival encapsulates various cultural vignettes. It is not celebrated just as a festival, but, as a ‘people’s festival’, it represents unity in diversity and brings out in the ‘Best Colours’ – the cultural fabric of Maharashtra and, for this reason, Pune Festival stands out as a ‘Gem’ among the cultural festivals of Maharashtra.
The glitter of Pune Festival
Right from the first year of its inception, the Pune Festival became an institution of its own. In the beginning, the Pune Festival was organized in a big Mandap at the vacant plot next to Nehru Stadium, in Balgandharva Ranga Mandir, Tilak Smarak Bhavan & Ramachandra Sabha Mandap.
This cultural celebration of Pune’s tradition became a continuous phenomenon in Pune’s cultural identity. This cultural platform provided by the Pune Festival resulted in P.M.C taking up the task of building the Ganesh Kala Krida Manch with a seating capacity of 3000 and two large exhibition halls. Never in the history of Pune was a hall with seating capacity of 3000 available till such time for cultural purposes.