The city of Pune will come to a standstill on September 21 because of the 24th edition of the Pune Festival that is conducted during the Ganesh Utsav season will kick off with much fanfare. The grand events in the offing are drama sports, music and dance. This year is the birth centenary year of late Yashwantrao Chavan who is regarded as the architect of modern Maharashtra. This particular fest is decated to this son of the soil.
On September 21, the inauguration ceremony will be held at the Ganesh Kala Krida Rangmanch. The inauguration ceremony time is fixed as 4.30 pm onwards. the chief guest of this event will be Gopinath Munde, deputy leader of the BJP in the Loksabha, Jagdish Patil, chairman, MTDC, Chhagan Bhujbal, state minister for tourism, Patangrao Kadam, minister for forests, Balasaheb Thorat, minister for revenue minister for cooperation, Harshavardhan Patil, minister for EGS and Nitin Raut.
It is to be noted that Parineeti Chopra, Hema Malini , Rajiv Kapoor, Shekhar Suman, actors Randhir Kapoor and Filmmaker Subhash Ghai will be attending the function. This festival is organized jointly by the Pune Festival committee, the department of tourism and MTDC.
The various venues of these grand festivals are General Vaidya Stadium, Mahesh Vidyalaya, Pune Golf Club course, Kothrud, Chavan Natyagraha and Art Gallery, Ganesh Kala Krida Randmanch and Yashwantrao Balgandharva Rangmandir. The police department has all arrangements for crowd control and management at these venues. The public and participants are advised to reach the venues one hour before the scheduled programs.