The Maharashtra edition of the Vitasta festival was held in Pune, and MIT World Peace University was proud to be the esteemed Venue Partner along with SPPU. The 3-day celebration took place from 31st March 2023 to 02nd April 2023. The festival showcased the best of Kashmir and merged it with the local cultures of other states. Named after the Sanskrit name for Zhelam river, the Vitasta festival featured art, history, literature, music, folk traditions, and food. The festival included various programs such as choreographed dance presentations of the Kashmiri folk dance forms, folk symphony with Kashmiri folk musical instruments, a presentation of children's theater, exhibition of handicrafts and cuisine of Kashmir, seminars and workshops, art camp for artists, an art competition for students, and more.
To commemorate the cultural diversity of Bharat as part of the "Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav" celebrations under the theme of "Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat," a special travelling festival named "Vitasta" was organized to celebrate Kashmir. The Government of India had conceived and organized this festival under the Ministry of Culture and in collaboration with Lalit Kala Academy, Sahitya Academy, and Sangeet Academy. The festival aimed to showcase the many splendors of Kashmir to all Indians who did not have the opportunity to visit this enchanting land.
The Vitasta Festival was a traveling show that aimed to be held in various states such as Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim, and Jammu and Kashmir. The first edition of the festival was held in Chennai.