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International Purple Fest kicks off with grand inauguration in Goa

Organized by the State Commissioner’s Office for Persons with Disabilities in collaboration with the Directorate of Social Welfare, Government of Goa, and supported by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, the fest aims to showcase the talents of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs).

The grand inauguration, scheduled today at D.B. Grounds, Campal, Panaji, will witness the presence of key figures, with Dr. Pramod Sawant, Chief Minister of Goa, serving as the Chief Guest, and Ramdas Athawale, Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, as the Guest of Honour. Notable personalities such as  Vishwajit Rane, Minister of Health, and  Shripad Naik, Union Minister of State for Tourism, Ports, and Waterways, among others, will contribute to the celebratory atmosphere.

The fest promises engaging performances in music, dance, and entertainment during the Opening Ceremony, showcasing the remarkable talents of Persons with Disabilities. A standout moment will be the rendition of the Purple Anthem titled ‘Dhumal,’ featuring performances by PwDs from various corners of Goa, alongside revered creators from the Indian Music Industry, symbolizing inclusivity and unity.

The Opening Ceremony will also mark the launch of various initiatives by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) as well as the Government of Goa.

With an expected global turnout of over 8,000 delegates, the International Purple Fest – Goa 2024 is poised to be a celebration of diversity, inclusivity, and empowerment on a global scale. Stay tuned for updates on this extraordinary journey towards a more inclusive future.

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