Rishikesh: The second day of the three-day music festival along the Ganges in Rishikesh witnessed an array of activities and competitions including painting, sketching, origami and a heritage walk on Saturday .
Lokesh Ohri, organizer of the event, told TOI: “We are getting an overwhelming response at the festival. The turnout is beyond our expectations. People enjoy musical performances because we experiment with a lot of genres. Other activities are also well attended.
He added, “On Saturday we held a discussion on ways to keep the Ganges clean. Several people have come up with ingenious but practical ideas for keeping the holy river clean. The aim of this festival is to raise awareness of environmental conversations.
Meanwhile, a tourist from the Netherlands, Tamara (who goes by her first name), told TOI: “I learned about the festival from a billboard. I’m glad I decided to come here. There’s a lot of positivity here. I also enjoyed the cultural performances. It’s nice to see such a good turnout despite the cold weather.
The event – which started on December 3 – is organized by the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, Uttarakhand, and the citizens’ group Been There Doon That, with the support of Namami Gange.