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Audience to get a glimpse of ‘Mini India’ in Shilpgram fest

Governor Kalyan Singh to inaugurate the annual 10-day-cultural fest on Sunday evening

shilpgramUdaipur : The much awaited annual art, craft and cultural extravaganza ‘ Shilpgram Utsav ‘ starts from Sunday at Hawala gram here. Governor Kalyan Singh will inaugurate the Shilpgram Utsav, perceived as one of the biggest cultural event of traditional artists in India , which will see more than 1600 performers, craftsmen and artisans from various regions across the country. During the ten day event more than 2 lakh visitors from far and wide will have a glimpse of the rich cultural heritage of India through the thousands of craft products and visual performances exhibited here. For the first time, performances of North Eastern states such as Hojagiri (Tripura), Bardoi Shikla (Assam), Ju-Ju-JaJa (Arunchal Pradesh), Vadir Naga & Khoopeelili (Nagaland), Sarlamkai & Solkiya (Mizoram), Vanghla (Meghalaya) and Ghantu (Sikkim) will be showcased during the ten days fest. Also, for the first time Bamboo Music Group from Kerala will perform in Shilpgram.

shilpgram2Organized by West Zone Cultural Center, the festival provides opportunity for the craftsmen and folk performers to exhibit their skills. Folk artists from various indigenous tribes from all over the country will mark their presence here. Special programs have been scheduled this year to showcase musical instruments played by tribal communities of different states, Furkan Khan, Director of WZCC informed. Folk dances Gotipua (Odisha), Raibenshe and Baul dancers (West Bengal), Chakri, Kawa, Dogri, Bhumro and Rauf (J&K), Mayur (UP), Chapeli and Ghasiyari (Uttrakhand), Gidda (Punjab), Dekhni (Goa), Sambalpuri and Siddhi Dhamal (Gujarat), Laavni (Maharashtra), Kadgam (TN), Bihu (Assam), Pung Dhol Cholam and Stick Dance (Manipur) and Singi Cham (Sikkim) too will lure the audience, Khan said. A special area has been earmarked for kids where they can learn mask making, sand craft and other arts under the direction of professionals.

shilpgram1Art huts – Khajur Patti (Madhya Pradesh), Hyderabadi Bengals, Kauna Silai (Manipur), Bamboo and Thaka Painting (Sikkim), Wooden Lakenwear (Karnataka), Kantha Art (Assam), Mangalgiri Handloom (Andhra Pradesh), Terracotta, Sea Shell and Coconut Shell (Goa), Nakkashi (Uttar Pradesh), Minakari on Brass (Jaipur), Dokra Shilp (Chattisgarh) and Wood inlay work (Karnataka) will be showcased at the stalls and mud huts during the festival.

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