The Government of Andhra Pradesh and the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Authority, present the highly anticipated, Lepakshi Utsavam 2018 from 31st March to 1st April 2018 at Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh. This annual art and cultural festival will showcase mesmerizing performances and lakhs of attendees are expected to visit this event. The 2 day event promises an exciting lineup of performances, activities and surprises. The event will be spread across 3 venues - MJPBCR School Grounds (Main Stage) and Nandi Temple.
On 31st March, Gramotsavam will commence at 6.30am in Lepakshi followed by the inauguration of rural sports at 9am. During the 2 day event, there will be activities and performances from 9am to 4pm each day. They will include; Cultural programs by local artists comprising of 300 participants and rural sports. Additionally there will also be an exhibition cum sale arena including Handicrafts & Handlooms stalls, Food Court, a Flower Show, Fun Games, Folk Arts and much more.
Lepakshi Utsavam 2018 will be inaugurated in a spectacular fashion in the evening on 31st March and will be followed by impressive performances. Sri Nandamuri Balakrishna will play an active role in the proceedings of the inaugural ceremony. A sight to behold; 600 Kuchipudi Dancers will perform at the site of the Nandi statue. Esteemed Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Sri Nara Chandra Babu Naidu Garu, will grace the occasion with his presence and inaugurate the festival. Bhuma Akhila Priya Garu, Hon’ble Minister For Tourism, Telugu Language & Culture will also be gracing the festival with her presence. A colourful procession – the ShobhaYatra will proceed to the main venue from the Nandi Statue. The inaugural ceremony at the main stage will commence with a classical dance by acclaimed dancer, Achuta Manasa who will perform the traditional Kuchipudi dance. Veteran Telugu artistes will be felicitated, followed by a celebrity dance performance by popular actress, Surabhi Puranik. Celebrated Indian percussionist, Sivamani will charm the audience with his rhythmic beats and will be accompanied by renowned sitarist, Ravi Chary and noted musician, Sangeet Haldipur. There will also be a variety of local folk performances on the first day.
On the second day of the event, the festivities in the evening will commence with a dance performance by the fans of Sri Nandamuri Balakrishna. The Hon’ble M.L.A will also close the event with a skit that will enthrall the audience. Additionally, a film on Hindupuramu and Lepakshi will be screened, followed by local cultural performances and a special performance by Anup Rubens.