• The Golden is so very precious in our lives, whether it be birth, wedding or any other anniversary. The Chandigarh Union Territory Administration did not think alike, when it allowed its 50 years of existence to go by without much ado. But, surprisingly, now it has partnered a non-government entity, allowing it a piggyback ride to celebrate “Establishment Day”, a five day grand extravaganza to mark the 51st year of the City Beautiful from November 1 to 5, 2017.

What came out in the press conference organised by the private entity, Showbizz Celebrations Pvt. Ltd., where Chandigarh Tourism Director Jitender Yadav unveiled the official logo of the festival, was that the UT Administration will allow its platforms, including venues etc, to be used by Showbizz, which for all practical purposes will be the organiser of the event.

Photo By: Life in Chandigarh

According to a statement shared at the press conference, the Chandigarh Administration is an associate partner with Showbizz for the event, which is being held “to connect the youth of the city with its rich history of success and development.” 

The statement, quoting Manmeet Singh and Narbir Singh, both Directors of Showbizz Celebrations Pvt Ltd., said the five day festival to be held at Parade Ground in Sector 17, will feature Chandigarh icon awards, a picture gallery showcasing the historical legacy of the city, a food festival with special showcase by Ashish Chopra (a culinary historian, author and television host), rallies of vintage and luxury cars, a luxury lifestyle exhibition, a real estate expo and a fashion show with a Bollywood showstopper. There will be a carnival for kids’ entertainment and an elderly women’s marathon. Gurdas Mann will lead a line up of artists to add to the entertainment quotient. A special song on Chandigarh is also being prepared, they said.

Will it be a routine expo, or a memorable event, as the organisers are claiming it will be, we’ll know, come November 1.