The Union Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Culture (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation, Dr Mahesh Sharma held a meeting with the Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas (Independent Charge), Dharmendra Pradhan and Secretary, Tourism, Dr Lalit Panwar in New Delhi to discuss the preparations for the upcoming festival of Nabakalebar in Odisha.Dr Mahesh Sharma said that the Union Tourism Ministry will promote the Nabakalebar festival under the Incredible India Campaign for its international branding. The Government of India will release Rs 50 crore for providing infrastructure and facilities for the Nabakalebar festival. Along with that the Union Culture Ministry will also release a postal stamp and coin to mark the festival.In a different meeting, Dr Mahesh Sharma met with the Minister of State for Tourism & Culture (Independent Charge), Government of Odisha, Ashok Chandra Panda in New Delhi to discuss the branding of Nabakalebar as an international festival and sanctioning of funds for the proposed Light and Sound shows. Dr Mahesh Sharma assured Panda that the Tourism Ministry will make all efforts to provide funds at the earliest for the three Light and Sound shows proposed to be held at Dhauli, Udayagiri / Khandagiri caves and at Konark. Dr Sharma informed that a special media campaign will be mounted to popularise Nabakalebar as an international festival. The campaign will be released in the electronic, print and cyber media.Dr Mahesh Sharma also informed that the Government of India is making all the efforts to start the first International flight from the Bhubaneswar International festival on this auspicious occasion. This first flight is likely to be for Abu Dhabi, he added.Nabakalebar festival will be celebrated on July 10, 2015 after a gap of 19 years.