The Rann Utsav, a cultural festival of Gujarat state was inaugurated by Gujarat Tourism Minister Saurabh Patel on 17 December 2013 at Kutch, Gujarat.
The two-month long cultural festival that attracts huge number of domestic and international tourists is celebrated from 17 December to 14 February 2014.
The Rann Utsav started in 2005, and it was initially held for three days, which later extended to a span of two months due to overwhelming response from the people.
This year, the Rann Utsav will be held on the public-private partnership model. For the first time, online photography competition has been organised during the two-month festival for the amateur and professional photographers, who will take pictures of the natural beauty of Kutch and share them on the social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
Other major attractions for the event will be folklore such as camel safari, local art, folk music besides sport such as desert biking, para-motoring, hang glider and paraceiling.
About Rann of Kutch
The Rann of Kutch is a seasonal salt marsh located in the Thar Desert in the Kutch District of Gujarat. Kutch is one of the Gujarat largest districts. It is surrounded by the Arabian Sea and the salt encrusted desert. This district is the last frontier of many crafts and traditions that have changed little over the centuries.
Best described as a ‘cradle of craftsmanship’, Kutch is the land of weaving, block-printing, bandhini tie- and dye, Rogan-painting and various styles of embroidery, pottery, wood –carving, metal-crafts, shell-work and other handicrafts.
The district also has a long history dating from the Harappan civilization that thrived at cities like Dholavira in the 3rd and 2nd millennia BC to the Jadeja Rajput rulers Who reigned from the 1540s to the merger of states in the 1940s and endowed their Princely state with forts, palaces, temples and other monuments of historic and religious Importance..
For those interested in natural history, Kutch is the habitat of the endangered and Interesting wildlife species like the Indian wild ass. This district is widely reputated As a paradise for birdwatchers. Besides the reservoirs in the state that are important Habitats for water and waterside birds, and flyways for migrating birds, Kutch is also The breeding ground for critically endangered birds like the Indian bustard and the lesser florican.
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