Raj Bhavan celebrates unity in diversity

Shillong, May 1: Governor Phagu Chauhan  extended greetings to Gujaratis and Marathis on Statehood Day.

Maharashtra and Gujarat were part of the State of Bombay Province. On May 1, 1960, Maharashtra and Gujarat were formed as independent states.


Taking forward the government’s thrust on celebrating the country’s cultural diversity and multi-faceted traditions, the two states’ Statehood Day was celebrated on Monday at Raj Bhavan, Shillong.

In pursuance of the spirit of Ek Bharat and Shresth Bharat that celebrates India’s ‘unity in diversity’, Raj Bhavans (Governor’s House) across the country commemorated the Foundation Day of Gujarat and Maharashtra with fervour showcasing the rich and vibrant culture of the two states. The Centre has decided that all the states will celebrate not only their own statehood day, but also the statehood days of other states in order to promote ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’.

A cultural evening -Sanskritik Sandhya was organised by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Shillong  on the occasion.

Short videos were screened at the programme that showcased the rich culture of the two states.

To foster and strengthen camaraderie among the people from different parts of the country, serving in Meghalaya, the Governor’s House invited people to celebrate together the statehood days of these two states.

The Sanskritik Sandhya mesmerised the audience with song and poetry recitations by Padma Shri  Dr Sunil Yogi, Silbi Passah, Mohd. Khalid Khan, M P Pandey among other eminent artistes.

People from Gujarati and Marathi communities, including government officials, businessmen, people working in public sector units and members of the armed forces along with their families were invited to witness the cultural evening.

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