Vizag Fest 2017 to begin on Friday.

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A series of programmes are lined up for the 10-day event

With a promise to combine entertainment and knowledge, Vizag Fest 2017, comprising book exhibition, literary talks, short film shows and science and technology, will begin at AU Engineering College grounds on Friday. There is no entry fee.

“The ten-day fest, being organised in association with the Department of Culture of Andhra Pradesh, intends to provide wholesome entertainment and relief to citizens caught in mechanical life,” fest secretary A. Aja Sarma said.

HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao will inaugurate the festival. The Youth Festival will be inaugurated by Minister for Sports and Youth Kollu Ravindra on December 2. Festival chairman and former Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University K.V. Ramana on Wednesday released the catchy theme song of the festival. The song was written by Jana Vignana Vedika State president Challa Ravi Kumar and sung by R. Rajesh.

Mr. Ramana recalled that when K.V. Gopala Swamy was the registrar of Andhra University, youth festival and drama festival were organised coinciding with the convocation. Vizag Fest was registered as a permanent trust. While other cities had exhibition grounds, Visakhapatnam lacked a permanent ground, he pointed out.

Focus on youth

The focus is on women, youth and children and as many as 2000 youth would be made part of the science exhibition displaying 100 projects. “To make the experience total, we dropped a proposal to hold the short film show at a separate auditorium and got a mini theatre ready to screen 70 films,” he said. Telugu Short Film Association honorary president and actor L.B. Sriram would participate in it. Cartoon and photo exhibitions and food stalls would also be part of the fest.

The first fest in 2015 was a big success and even top officials appreciated it and wanted it to be organised again, Mr. Sarma said.

A total of 200 cultural programmes would be organised.Literary talks, release of books would be organised at Gurajada Sahitya Vedika. At the book exhibition to be organised by Andhra University, Vignan University, Visakha Book Festival and Vizag Fest, 100 stalls would be set up.

Mr. Sarma said every day film personalities would address meetings and the stress was not on glamour. On the inaugural day, writer Suddala Ashok Teja would attend the programme. Chandra Bose, Goreti Venkanna, C. Uma Maheswara Rao, R.P. Patnaik and others would part in the fest.

Fest members N. Ramanachalam, A. Ramakrishna, K. Subhashini, Yellaji, P.V. Gopala Rao, Dandu Nageswara Rao and B.B. Ganesh were present.

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