Bangalore: About 5,000 youngsters from all
states and Union Territories are expected to participate in
the 17th National Youth Festival commencing in the coastal
Karnataka city of Mangalore on Thursday.
Young delegates from SAARC countries would also
participate in the festival with the theme `Celebrating
Diversity in Unity`, thereby giving it a truly "diversified"
During the five-day festival, there would be competitive
events in 16 individual items and two group items, an official
In addition to this, non-competitive events -- Yuva
Kriti, Food Festival, Young Artists` Camp and Adventure Park
-- would be organised by Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan. The
Sangathan works under the aegis of Union Ministry of Youth
Affairs and Sports.
The National Service Scheme (NSS) would organise a Youth
Convention and lecture series `Suvichaar`.
The festival would be inaugurated by Karnataka Chief
Minister D V Sadananda Gowda at Mangala Stadium. Union
Corporate Affairs Minister M Veerappa Moily would be the Chief
Guest while Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and
Sports, Ajay Maken and Veerendra Heggade, "Dharmadhikari",
Dharmasthala, would be the guests of honour.
Maken would give away the National Youth Awards to 28
individuals and two organisations at the inaugural function.
This is the first time that the Festival is being organised in
Since its inception in 1995, the National Youth Festival
is organised every year from January 12 to 16 in different
states to commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami