A festive atmosphere prevailed at the AU Engineering College grounds here on Friday. There were books stalls, food stalls, science and educational stalls and thematic exhibition of rare pictures from history.
Minister for HRD Ganta Srinivasa Rao formally inaugurated the festival. He appreciated the organisers for conducting the book festival.
Chairman of Vignan Educational Institutions L. Rattaiah underlined the need for protecting traditional Indian values and culture. He appreciated the traditional and folk culture on display at the festival.
MLC M.V.S. Sarma briefed about the activities to be organised as part of Vizag Fest. The participation of cultural troupes from Telanagana was indication that though the State was physically bifurcated, Telugu people were united.
Festival secretary Ajay Sarma spoke.
GITAM University president M.V.V.S. Murthy inaugurated the stalls.
Children performed a dance ‘Maha Visakha Vaibhavam’, written by A.S. Joga Rao, senior journalist, presented by Natraj Music and Dance Academy. The communal harmony in Visakhapatnam, represented by the temple, mosque and church, which were constructed on a single hill, formed the backdrop of the dance.
A cultural troupe from Unguturu in Krishna district presented a ‘dappu’ dance.