Darjeeling. 20 November 2006 — The Darjeeling hills will once again come alive from December 8-17, 2006 with the Fourth Annual Darjeeling Carnival presented by AIRCEL. This year Carnival festivities will also be enjoyed in Mirik on December 8-10 and in Kurseong on December 12-14. Over two lakh people are expected to attend the events.

The Carnival organizers are proud to announce that AIRCEL has come on board as the Presenting Sponsor. AIRCEL is committed to improving the communities where they have service and want to build a lasting partnership with the people of Darjeeling. Commenting on the association, Mr. Rohit Chandra, CEO North and East Zone, Aircel, said “It gives us great pleasure to be associated with such an important cultural event for the people of Darjeeling. We at Aircel are always looking to delight our customers and what better way to delight them than to be associated with the biggest cultural festival of Darjeeling. An alliance of this nature with such a localized event further re-instates our belief in the spirit of active participation in activities which involve the society and generates community of Interest”.

The Carnival will host musical talents from Kolkata, Kathmandu, Shillong and our very own local talents. Along with local ethnic communities, renowned cultural dance troupes from all over India will showcase their traditions daily. The Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre has generously provided these incredible troupes and included the Carnival on its calendar of important cultural events.

This year’s event will feature some valuable new elements. A Carnival Idol competition will be held from December 8-16 to promote our local talents. The final will be held on December 16 to crown Carnival Idol 2006. A motor bike rally for peace and prosperity will be held on December 10. Thousands of people from all over the District will ride together peacefully to Bagdogra and demand for the long standing promise of an international airport which will lead to greater prosperity in the entire area.

Another important emphasis will be the promotion of our unique Darjeeling Heritage. Victoria Memorial is sponsoring an innovative programme to educate young people about the necessity of preserving heritage. A Treasure Hunt, Modeling Competition, Historic walks and interactive exhibits will be used to expose students to their rich past. A special exhibition called Darjeeling Past, Present, & Future will be held to analyze the current infrastructure challenges and pose positive solutions. Additionally, an exhibit about the DHR will be shown to celebrate 125 years of this world famous mountain train. A cultural rally starting at the railway station will be lead by a festive float decorated as a train engine to commemorate the 125th Anniversary of this UNESCO heritage site. This festive procession will end at Chowrasta for the Opening Ceremony.

Further, local artists will be featured prominently. A professional art exhibit will be held from December 9-16 at the Town Hall. Discounted prices will be offered to Carnival guests throughout the event. A special tribute will be included to honor and display works from some of Darjeeling’s most famous artists such as G. Douglas, M. Sain and Halbert.

The Darjeeling Carnival is much more than a song and dance, but a chance to highlight the rich culture of the mountain people whose diversity is its greatest strength. Please join us for this special celebration from December 8-17, 2006 in Darjeeling.

For further information please contact Samir Sharma on 94342 09887.

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