Six-day Bharat Parv atmark I-Day celebrations to mark I-Day celebrations

New Delhi: A six-day 'Bharat Parv' -- India Festival -- will be organised by the Union Tourism Ministry in coordination with other ministries and departments to mark Independence Day next month, official sources said here on Wednesday. The event, beginning August 12, will be organised at Rajpath near India Gate to celebrate the country's independence and also promote the spirit of patriotism among citizens and give a boost to tourism, official sources said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Ministers will grace the event. About 100 stalls will be set up to display handicrafts of various states. Among states, Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Nagaland, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Odisha will bring local associations and cultural groups to showcase diverse flavours of the country, official sources added. There will also be separate pavilions for states to display their tourism products, cultural heritage and developmental progress. The ministries of Defence and Culture will also feature to make the programme a grand success, the source said.