Gaj Mahotsav Sessions
Gaj Mahotsav( Festival for Asian Elephant) is a celebration of the Asian Elephant as India’s National Heritage Animal. Open to all, the events span across four days and cover art, culture, dance, music, film, literature, spirituality, ecology, media and policy. Organised by Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) and partner international Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, Forest andClimate Change (MOeFCC) and the United NationsEnvironment (UNEP).
Starting on August 12, which is also the World Elephant Day, the celebrations will witness participation from policy makers; leaders of industry; eminent conservationists; influencers from the world of entertainment, sports, art and culture; school children and public, who will come forward to show their support for our national heritage animal and participate in the festivities through specially curated tracks by some of the leading thought leaders in India.
At this Event, WTI along with its partners will launch the first ever Wildlife Anthem of India. Also, 101 unique Elephant Art pieces created by renowned artists across the country will be set up for public display.
The purpose of this Festival is to create a mass awareness movement across the country to come forward for the conservation of rapidly declining elephant population. Wildlife Trust of India has been relentlessly promoting this Festival through all the available platforms and we expect a huge crowd to be joining us in this event.
Gaj Mahotsav will have a special area for display and sales of elephant-themed products and produce from various NGOs invited to showcase their social enterprises. In keeping with the festive season coming up, visitors will have an opportunity of pledging their support to the cause of #RightOfPassage by tying a symbolic thread of allegiance (a rakhi) to an elephant sculpture at the venue.
As a keystone species, the elephant is an architect of the forest it inhabits or traverses through. The Gajah report, published by the MoEF in 2010, has a reference to wisdom from eight centuries ago in which Someswara wrote that it is the realm with many elephants in its forests that will be truly most secure.
You all are cordially invited to attend this historic movement. Please register on the given link or our website for sessions.
Gaj Mahotsav: 12-15th August 2018, 09:00am- 09:00pm, Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts(IGNCA) New Delhi.
Gaj Mahotsav Cover
Art pieces for public display