Sunday, March 7, 2010

Aamir Raza shows at Red Fort, Mehrauli Fort during Commonwealth Games

Gearing up for the Commonwealth Games, government has roped in renowned theatre director Aamir Raza Hussain to stage shows at Red Fort and Quli Khan tomb at Mehrauli.

There will be light and sound shows at Red Fort, Old Fort and Quli Khan tomb at Mehrauli as part of the entertainment and cultural programme during the Games, ITDC director Rajiv Makin told PTI.

Hussain has been given the responsibility for the Red Fort and Mehrauli shows, while a film company has got the award for doing light and sound show at Old Fort.

Titled as Dasatan-e-Dilli, the 45-minute Mehrauli show is about the story of the city of Delhi.

"It is for the first time that such a show is being held at the Mehrauli Fort," said Makin.

While the Old Fort show is about the six cities of Delhi, the Red Fort show will begin from the Shahjahanabad days to Mughal era and then travel through freedom struggle and finally the independence.

Though there is a light and sound show at the Red Fort now, the Hussain show will be totally different from the current one.

The present light and sound show was conceived almost 20 years ago and since then technology has changed a lot. "We are using latest laser technology for the show and this will be entirely different in its presentation," Makin said.

All the shows at Red Fort, Old Fort and Mehrauli will be of 45-minute duration each.

Besides, the tourism ministry is planning more such cultural evenings during the Games. The ministry is also launching a massive publicity campaign popularising the Games to woo tourists during the biggest sporting event in the capital.

"We are participating in the ITB Berlin travel and tourism fare to showcase the Commonwealth Games in Delhi and have taken about 870 sq ft area at the fare for setting up India pavillion. The theme of the pavillion is Commonwealth Games," a senior ministry official said.

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