"Prime Minister Narendra Modi would address the youths via video conferencing during the opening ceremony while Union minister Nitin Gadkari will grace the occasion as the chief guest", said a government official.
    
The preparations for the festival, themed "India Youth for Skill, Development and Harmony", are at final stages. Coincidentally the inauguration is on the day which is the 153rd birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, he added.
    
Over 6,000 participants from across the country would converge to take part in the annual gathering of students being jointly organised by Chhattisgarh Sports and Youth Welfare Department, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangthan and National Service Scheme.
    
Rajyostav Sthal at Naya Raipur will be the main venue of the five-day event which will see contests in 18 different disciplines, including folk dance, folk song, drama, classical music, classical dance, extempore etc, the officer said.

For the first time in the youth fest, para-trooping would be displayed by Indian Army while weapons and explosives used during war will also be put on exhibition, he said.

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