President Pranab Mukherjee is scheduled to take part in several programmes on his 81st birthday on Sunday — from mobilising the youth for India’s underprivileged children and inauguration of a tapestry museum, to three book releases.
Mukherjee is scheduled to flag off the ‘100 Million for 100 Million Campaign’, organised by Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation in which about 5,000 children are expected to participate. The campaign aims to mobilise 100 million youths and children for 100 million underprivileged children across the world to end child labour, violence against children and promote the right of every child to be safe, free and educated.
He will inaugurate a new museum for vintage tapestries and carpets in the Marble Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan. The museum will display zardozi canopies and spreads belonging to the early 20th century. It will include a section of the red embroidered canopy prepared for the 1911 Delhi Durbar of King George VI. The lower basement of the museum will display a collection of Buddhist art, paintings, carvings and assorted gifts presented to different Presidents. Mukherjee will also inaugurate a hall for permanent exhibition of grassroots-level innovations and innovative ideas.
Vice President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will, meanwhile release three books on the President’s Estate — ‘Rashtrapati Bhavan: From Raj to Swaraj’; ‘Life at Rashtrapati Bhavan’; and ‘Indradhanush — Volume II’.