Vande Bharatam is a unique initiative of the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Culture to commemorate the 75th year of India’s Independence celebrated as Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. The Dance Competition being held to select the best talent to perform at the Republic Day Parade on 26th January 2022 in New Delhi, has reached an exciting stage. 

 The fourth zonal level event of this competition will be held tomorrow (December 12th, 2021) at New Delhi. This will be the last zonal-level competition.  Approximately 25 winner groups of the State Level Competitions held for the various States and UT's of the Northern Zone will take part in this event.

 Groups from Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Chandigarh, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan & Delhi were eligible to take part in the event. This is for the first time that dance groups to perform in a Republic Day Parade are being chosen based on an all India level competition.

The Vande Bharatam competition which began at District level on Nov 17 saw participation of more than 3,870 contestants in 323 groups. Those who cleared the screening at the district level took part in State level competition from Nov 30, 2021. More than 20 virtual events were conducted for the State-level competition over a span of 5 days till 4th December 2021. Over 300 groups were selected for the state-level comprising of over 3,000 dancers/participants. Thus, over a period of one month the event gave an opportunity to all aspirants to showcase their talent to win a slot at National level.

During the fourth Zonal level event in Delhi, one will get to witness the rich dance forms, music, songs of India in classical, folk, tribal and contemporary forms. The event will be held at Shah Auditorium Civil Lines from 10.00 am onwards.

The previous Zonal level events were held in Kolkata (9th December 2021), Mumbai (10th December 2021) and in Bengaluru (11th December, 2021).  The Zonal Level competitions will be broadcast LIVE on the official Facebook page & YouTube channel of Vande Bharatam along with the website (vandebharatamnrityautsav.in) and mobile application.

 Over 2,400 participants from 200 plus team were short-listed for the zonal level competition. Selected teams from this round will progress to the Grand Finale which will be held in New Delhi; Top 480 dancers declared as winners will perform on the Republic Day Parade held at Rajpath, New Delhi on 26th January 2022.

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