DEHRADUN, March 4: Uttarakhand Governor Dr K.K.Paul inaugurated the two-day Spring Festival called Vasantotsav at Raj Bhawan here on Saturday. The annual event was host to a wonderful display and riot of colours of flowers of various kinds and hues on the inaugural day here . The inauguration was held amid the hosts of attractive flowers and the melodious tunes of folk songs and folk dances in the lush green campus of Raj Bhawan.
After inaugurating the fest, the Governor also released the special postal cover brought out by the postal department on Vana Tulasi (Origanum vulgaris) which has medicinal and religious significance. It grows between 750 to 3000 metres altitude in Uttarakhand. The Governor went around the entire exhibition and encouraged the participants. The Governor also inaugurated a stamp exhibition put up by the Department of Posts at the festival since 2015. The Governor’s own stamp collection of 1800 stamps was a major centre of attraction for the visitors. This year, at the initiative of the Governor, a contest between students who collect stamps was also held. The Governor during an informal chat told media-persons that this event was held not just to celebrate flowers and exhibit equipment but was like a folk festival that people could visit with their families and enjoy the beauty of nature, music, entertainment and food.
He said that floriculture could prove a beneficial economic activity for small farmers in Uttarakhand. He noted that compared to last year, the increased production of flowers had given rise to hope that floriculture could flourish here. The growing area that had come under floriculture was a good sign. The Governor said that the cultivation of tulips in Raj Bhawan had given rise to the hope that this exotic flower could be grown commercially in the state.
He said that besides being Dev Bhumi, Uttarakhand was also a land of flowers .He said that to establish Uttarakhand as a Floriculture state, we must make efforts to take advantage of the conducive environment and climate. He said that the painting competition increased the enthusiasm of the students and also added to their confidence. It may be mentioned here that this year 1069 students participated in the painting competition as compared to last year’s 700.
Physically and mentally challenged children also took part in the competition along with other students from various schools. For various competitions in the fest, 1581 entries were registered including categories like commercial flower growers, hobbyists and institutions.
Gerbera, Carnation, Gladioli, Lillies among cut flowers, various seasonals like Pansy, Petunia, Stock, Ranunculus, Linum, Brachycome, Daisy, Nemasia, Clarkia, Goetia, Nicotianam Antirrhinum, and perennials like Azalea, potted plants of flowers and vegetables, cacti, dry flower arrangements, bonsai arrangements and many other items lent beauty to the event. ITBP jawans presented judo karate display. Boys and girls from Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya presented a Yoga display.
A Khukri dance was presented by jawans of Gurkha Regiment. 127 stalls of seeds and equipment related to agriculture, horticulture and floriculture were a great attraction. Organic products and jute / bamboo items were available. A photo and art gallery added to the stature of the event. Floral Rangoli by women and folk dance/ music were other great attractions.