Panaji: February 18, 2013 … Various programmes will be held  to commemorate Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti on February 19, 2013.  Chief Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar will lead the people of Goa in paying homage to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, a great Maratha warrior.

The main function will be held at Farmagudi where Chief Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar, Minister for Transport Shri Ramkrishna (Sudin) Dhavalikar, Minister for Industries Shri Mahadev Naik, Minister for Co-operation Shri Pandurang (Deepak) Dhavalikar, Shri Vishnu Wagh, MLA and Chairman of Kala Academy, Shri Lavoo Mamledar, MLA, Smt. Poornima Naik, Zilla Panchayat Member, Smt. Shaila Borkar ZP Member, Shri P. Krishnamurthy, Secretary Information and Publicity, Smt. Sulaksha Naik, Sarpanch, Bandora, President of Freedom Fighters Association, Ponda and other dignitaries will garland the statue of Shivaji Maharaj at 9.00 a.m.

Thereafter the Chief Minister and other dignitaries will address the people at the function to be held in the precinct of Shree Ganapati Devastan at 9.15 a.m.

The function has been organized by Department of Information and Publicity in association with Bandoda Village Panchayat and Zilla Panchayat.

For the first time exhibition on “Forts of Goa” will be set up at the venue of the function by Shri Sachin Madage which will help the people particularly the  student community to know about the history of Forts. Shri Pandurang Balkawade, Historian from Poona  will deliver keynote address.

To mark the celebration various programmes will be organized by the Department of Information and Publicity which includes all Goa “Inter-Collegiate Quiz” Competition on Life and Times of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, which will be coordinated by Shri Nagesh Sardesai, besides there will be “Solo (Dialogue/Monologue) Competition and Fancy Dress Competition” on the life of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj for the students of High School on February 19, 2013 at the venue of function.  In the evening the students from V.D. and SV Wagle High School, Mangueshi will present cultural programme at 6.00 p.m.  This will be followed by display of fireworks and later drama ‘Sagar Zep’ by Rangmanch Mumbai will be staged at 8.00 p.m.  On February 20, 2013 a drama ‘Venkoji Wagh’ by Ravalnath Natya Mandal, Nageshi will be staged at 7.30 p.m. at the same venue.

The function will commence with presentation of Powadas by Bal Bhavan Students who will also present welcome song on the occasion.