The hon. Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Mr Trivendra Singh Rawat, who graced the PAHADI Community cultural fest “Kauthig 2018” on January 27, in Navi Mumbai, appreciated the efforts to connect Paravasi Uttarakhandi’s, specially youth to their roots, promote its unique culture and unite PAHADI denizens through several community building activities. Mr Rawat in his appeal to the full packed audience said “Without you thehouses with locked doors have collapsed and many are on the verge of collapsing in 1000s of villages in Uttarakhand. My appeal to all of you is pleases often visit and take care of your ancestral heritage and property in Uttarakhand. My Government is taking all kinds of initiatives to help and prevent migration of those who are in distress. Those who have migrated for better prospects & pursuing their dreams and have made their mark, I urge them to contribute in whichever way to make Uttarakhand a leading and progressive welfare state.”

From the Hans Foundation, which is involved in various philanthropic activities across the country, pious Mata Mangala ji and Bhole ji graced the occasion and handed over financial aid to widows, physically challenged and those who are suffering from critical illness.

Several prominent personalities from different walks of life belonging to the northern hill state and Maharashtra attended and graced the festival organized by Kauthig Foundation that aims to bring together the `Pahari’ people living in Mumbai and its environs. The event was attended by over 2, 00,000 people, especially by the Uttarakhandi youth. Many of them came from Gujarat, Delhi, Lucknow, Pune etc.

Actress Madhurima Tuli, Actor Hemant Pandey, Govind Sharma, Tiara Girl Tanishq Sharma, Twisha Bhatt, Harak Singh Rawat , Cabinet Minister, Government of Uttarakhand , industrialist Madhavnand Bhatt,  Suresh Kala , Bahadur Singh Bist, Dr Yogeshwar Datt Sharma, Keser Singh Bist added glitter to the mega show.

The mega festival that ends on Sunday Dec 28, showcased not only the unique cultural nuances of Uttarakhand but also prominently highlighted the growing problem of migration from the hill villages, for which the grand replica of Pahadi house in traditional style has been erected with the theme of ‘Gzon ko savare’ to remind and encourage Parvasi families in Mumbai region to take care of ancestral heritage in their respective villages. The event also had organized a health camp, matrimonial registrations and Uttarakhandi handicrafts, products, traditional foods and fruit drinks stalls among others during the 10 days festival.

The 10 days long fest which was title sponsored by LIC and powered by reliance JIO, introduced people to traditional classical performances by over 200 Uttarakhandi artists, groups such as Challiya, Hemant Butola, Nand Kishore,  singer Kanika Joshi, Jagmohan Digari, Suresh Kala, Rekha Uniyal, Kishan Mahipal, Papu Karki, among others.

Hira Singh Bhakuni, President, Kauthik Foundation said, “Kauthig is the largest community festival of Uttarakhand which has been successfully bringing the pahari youth in Mumbai closer to their culture and roots. Being away from our homeland, many of our youngsters now a day’s do not know much about Pahari tradition and community.  This festival every year tries to bridge this gap and encourages them to appreciate their pahari art, culture and customs. We want to build a strong PAHADI Community Identity, Nurture, Preserve, Protect and Promote PAHADI Values, Art, Culture, Food, Handicraft Products and Heritage. Uttarakhand is known for Trustworthiness, Peace Loving and Law-Abiding people who are pure & patriotic at heart (P) adorable (A) honest, humble, hardworking (H), ambitious (A) and intelligent (I). We shall continue to nurture and instill these values among youth and new generatio