Four Day Long Gaj Mahotsav Begins in Delhi Tomorrow

The Wildlife Trust of India, along with International Fund for Animal Welfare, United Nations Environment Program and the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change invite everyone to a Four-day long Gaj Mahotsav. This Elephant Festival will take place from 12 to 15 August 2018 at the IGNCA, New Delhi. August 12 is also celebrated as Elephant Day.

Gaj Mahotsav will be a celebration of the Asian Elephant as India’s National Heritage Animal. The events during the Gaj Mahotsav will span across four days and cover art, culture, dance, music, film, literature, spirituality, ecology, media and policy. It will also have a special area for display and sales of elephant themed products and produce from various NGOs invited to showcase their social enterprises.

Dates: 12-15 August 2018
Time: All Day
Venue: Indira Gandhi National Centre for The Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi.

In keeping with the festive season coming up, visitors will also be given opportunity to pledge their support to the cause of #RightOfPassage by tying a symbolic thread of allegiance (a Rakhi) to an elephant sculpture at the venue. In addition, the festival will be celebrated along the following pre-defined tracks:

  • Gaja Shastra: Dialogues on Elephants and National Policy
  • Gaja Sutra: Unravelling the story of the Indian Elephant
  • Gaja Dharma: Elephants in religious traditions
  • Bala Gaja: The Secret World of Indian elephants
  • Gaja Yatra: A visual representation of 101 elephant journeys
  • Gaja Gamini: Indian Elephants in Cinema
  • Airavata: Elephants in Indian Culture and Heritage
  • Gajotsava: An Evening with Elephants

Interested citizens can Register themselves for Free by filling this form (click here) and participate in one or all of the above events. Please note that the Gaj Mahotsav is strictly a Single-Use Plastic Free event. Please DO NOT carry polybags, plastic water bottles to the venue.

Aradhana Sharma

Aradhana Sharma is an environmentalist and nature lover, and and takes keen interest in urging people to adopt an Eco-friendly lifestyle. She can be reached at

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