Mangalore: Youth Festival - Day 2 Witnesses Array of Folk Cultures from Across India
Pics: Dayanand Kukkaje
Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore (PS)
Mangalore, Jan 13: The second day of 17th National Youth Festival 2012 was an eventful one with vibrant performances like Bharathanatyam, one act play, folk dances, flute recital, yoga, cultural activities, martial arts, adventure arts, carnatic solo, and mridangam being held at various venues like TMA Pai hall auditorium, Gokarnanatha hall, Devadigara Bhavan, SDM Law College, Canara High School, Police Ground Pandeshwar, Lourdes High School Bejai, Panambur beach and Mangala stadium from 9.30 am onwards.
What is heartening is that none of the programmes lacked audience. People not only thronged the venues in good number but also appreciated each artiste with overwhelming rounds of applause.
The TMA Pai Auditorium was jam-packed, and many had to watch the folk dances of different states standing. However, there was no room for any confusion, and young people watched the programme with utmost discipline. Folk dances of different ethnic groups from different states of the country offered a magnificent array of culture on one single stage.
The Himachal Pradesh folk dance team, with boys attired in white kurtas and girls in black and maroon 'salwar-kameez', accompanied by a team with traditional instruments, brought the spirit of Himachal Pradesh alive. Jammu and Kashmir folk dancers, with their headscarfs and shimmering trinklets, received a thunderous applause from the youthful audience. Punjabi men presented the popular 'Bhangra', a national favourite.
Performers from Bihar, known for its arts of defence, exhibited their show at Canara High School. Chethan Yadav, a member of Chattisgarh team (from Durga district) comprising 10 members, said their item ‘Lok Akada’ includes stunts like breaking a stone slab, lifting water buckets by teeth and hands separately and simultaneously, each weighing 30 kg. They have been practicing and performing this act for 20 years.
Veer Vikas and his an orchestra team from Haryana performed on Chimta, a material to be played as per the rhythm of taal, something which Mangaloreans had never seen before.
Competions on classical instruments, Bharatanatyam and Carnatic vocal solo were held in SDM Law College, Kudroli Temple and Devadiga Bhavan, respectively, with eager participation from candidates across different states. A good crowd cheered them on, and even foreigners were seen enjoying the performances.
Day 2 is set to culminate with the much-awaited performance by renowned singer Hariharan.