Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav

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7th edition of RashtriyaSanskritiMahotsav (RSM) 2018 under the Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat programme was held in Bengaluru, Karnataka.


RashtriyaSanskritiMahotsav aims to celebrate national integration and idea of unity in diversity of country. It celebrates rich culture and heritageof India.

It aims to provide platform to bring together artists from each corner of country. It covers events including art forms from classical and folk, music and dance, theatre to literature and visual arts. It also showcases gallery of Indian art forms and tradition for the discerning audience.


It was launched by Prime Minister NarendraModi on EktaDiwas (31st October 2016) on the occasion of birth anniversary of SardarVallabhBhai Patel.

Its objective is to

Strengthen cultural relations of various parts of country and to embolden mutual connection between people dwelling in different states.

Strengthen sentiments for National Unity between the citizens of states and states governed by union government by conducting various activities throughout the year under this campaign.

Showcase rich heritage and culture, customs and traditions of either State for enabling people to understand and appreciate the diversity that is India, thus fostering a sense of common identity.

Establish long-term engagements and create environment which promotes learning between States by sharing best practices and experiences.