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A wooden sculpture depicting the tribal dance form of Chhattisgarh with the Queen’s Baton 2010 Delhi
Chhattisgarh welcomes Queen’s Baton 2010 Delhi

RAIPUR, 13 August 2010: The Queen’s Baton 2010 Delhi has reached the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh, one of India’s youngest states along with Uttarakhand and Jharkhand. The baton started its journey in Raipur, Chhattisgarh’s capital, from Pandit Ravi Shankar Shukla University campus where a tree plantation ceremony was organised. The chief guests for the event were Mr. Vikram Usendi, Forest Minister and Mr. Rajesh Munat, Minister for Town.


The baton then arrived at the Raipur Press Club for a press conference which was attended by the media. The press conference was chaired by Ms. Lata Usendi, Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs and Wg Cdr V N Singh.


Later the baton arrived at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Chowk where it was received by Hon. Cheif Minister of Chhattisgarh Dr. Raman Singh. Other dignitaries present were Ms. Lata Usendi, Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs; Mrs. Kiran Nayak, Mayor, Raipur; Ramesh Bais, MP Raipur; Vikram Usendi, Forest Minister’ Subrat Sahu, Secretary Sports; Sanjay Garg, DM Raipur and Depanshu Kabra, SP Raipur.


Vincent Lakhra, Olympian (Hockey) was proud to be the first Batonbearer. The relay started with full fun and frolic as a float portraying the culture and tradition of Chhattisgarh led the convoy. It had dancers showing difference dance forms of Chhattisgarh mainly Panthi, Karma, Saila, Bastaria, raut nacha.


 This was followed by a rally by Hero Honda bikers bearing huge flags followed by 20 children on skates. The 7 kilometre relay was flanked by huge crowds on both sides culminated at Sapre School ground, Boodha Talab. The ground was brimming with people which was graced by His Excellency Governor of Chhattisgarh Mr. Shekher Dutt; Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh among others.


In the evening baton attended a cultural feast with Padamshree Puna Ram Nishad singing Pandvani which left the audience mesmerised. Next was Tal Kacheheri performance by local artists followed by lok geet which was a combination of a song, a play and a dance.

 H E Governor of Chhattisgarh Mr. Shekher Dutt and other officials proudly hold the baton