National Youth Festival
India's National Youth Festival brings together young people every year for a variety of cooperative and competitive activities. It is organized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, in partnership with one of the State Governments, to mark the anniversary of the birth of youth icon Swami Vivekananda. Every year, from January 12 to January 16, National Youth Week, it takes place in a different state.
The week beginning on January 12—Swami Vivekananda's birthday—is referred to as National Youth Week and is always observed as National Youth Day. The National Youth Festival is held annually by the Indian government as a part of National Youth Week festivities. This is a collaborative initiative that is held yearly in one of the States and is sponsored by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India. By showcasing the youth's cultural prowess on a single stage, the youth festival hopes to spread the ideas of national integration, a sense of social harmony, brotherhood, courage, and adventure. This is accomplished by planning youth meetings across the nation and motivating them to participate in various activities.
Competitive events are essential parts of the National Youth Festival. The young athletes give it their all to participate at the national level and win medals and prizes. A team of officers was assigned to oversee these competitions, eighteen in all across all disciplines, and they oversee the events, assist in setting up the necessary logistics for a smooth competition, and gathers and compiles the results.
Martial arts competitions and non-competitive cultural events, exhibitions, philosophical discussions, camps for young artists, seminars, and adventure programs are among the events that take place throughout the festival. Additionally, the National Youth Awards are presented.
The National Youth Festival was launched in 1995 as a key component of the National Integration Camp (NIC) programme. The Government of India runs this programme each year in cooperation with a State and organizations like the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) and the National Service Scheme (NSS). States are also encouraged to host youth festivals at the state, district, and neighborhood levels in a manner similar to the National Youth Festival. The festival's main attractions are its cultural components, along with a number of additional programs that encompass a wide range of activities and reflect not just the spirit of friendship but also peace and progress. In addition to all of this, this festival gives young people a platform to express and realize their cultural abilities and goals on a national scale.
The 15th National Youth Festival was held in Bhubaneswar, Orissa, for the first time in 2010 from January 8 to January 12. The closing ceremony took place on January 12, 2010, Swami Vivekananda's birthday, in honor of this renowned philosopher and thinker. This event has been celebrated in Orissa State for the past 15 years. This was commemorated in partnership with the Indian government under the auspices of the National Integration Camp, which also included the National Service Scheme and Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan as partners.
In Dharwad, Karnataka, the 26th National Youth Festival is taking place which anticipates hosting 8000 participants from all across India and its union territories. Viksit Yuva - Viksit Bharat’’ was the event's theme.
Champi Chikka served as the 26th National Youth Festival's mascot. "The Mascot is dynamic image of Champi Chikka, which translates to Young Champion. It promotes the idea of a young, modern India that supports numerous international concerns like climate change, the Sustainable Development Goals, and world peace. It also highlights young Indian leaders who are successful in a range of fields, including education, sports, start-ups, and innovation. The event's official logo was chosen through a competition and featured the lotus, the country's national flower.
The occasions includes:
• Indian classical dances
• Bharat Natyam
• Folk dance
• Popular song
• harmonium (Light)
• laser display
• Adventure Events
The main locations for the event were Karnatak College (KCD), Karnatak University, and University of Agricultural Sciences. With 50 food vendors and a big kitchen for the 8000 participants from throughout the nation, Karnatak College (KCD) staged the most events.
Locations Consist of:
• Agriculture University AC Hall 1
• Srujina Ranga Mandira
• KCD Ground,
• KCD Football Ground,
• Kelageri Lake Dharwad
• KUD Green Garden