Pankaj Udhas Sets the Mood for Valentine's Day at Vasant Utsav in Patna

Noted ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas gives a helping hand in inaugurating Vasant Utsav at Patna's Gandhi Maidan on Wednesday.

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Patna: Gandhi Maidan in Patna continues to remain a hotspot in the state capital as for the last month and a half, it had been a site of a flurry of activities starting with the much-publicized Prakash Utsav, and shortly followed by the Patna Book Fair and the Saras Mela that all came to an end on Tuesday.

Pankaj Udhas and his group performing at the Gandhi Maidan in Patna on Wednesday.Pankaj Udhas and his group performing at the Gandhi Maidan in Patna on Wednesday.On Wednesday, Patna'ites were treated to the Vasant Utsav, a nine-day event initiated by Patna Development Commissioner Anand Kishore in 2016 to mark the arrival of spring.

Inaugurated by Art and Culture Minister Shivchandra Ram in the presence of Anand Kishore, District Magistrate Sanjay Agrawal and several other top government officials, the festivity wasted no time in kicking up the mood several notches as noted ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas regaled the audience with one hit after another including evergreens like 'Log Tumko Ghulab Kahte Hain', 'Niklo Na Benaqaab Zamana Kharab Hai', and 'Chitthi Aayee Hai'.

Singing more than half a dozen songs, many at the request of the audience, Udhas created an atmosphere of love and passion that appropriately fit the night as people celebrated Valentine's Day all over the world.

The noted ghazal singer, however, refrained from singing any song with reference to liquor or alcohol in an obvious attempt to avoid criticism in view of the prohibition imposed by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Bihar.

As always, the Vasant Utsav features stalls selling hand-made items in Bihar to food items to appeal to people with varied tastes. It also features variety contests for both adults and children.

The festival is open every day between 10:00 am and 9:00 pm and will run till February 26.

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