Udupi: Myriad folk forms steal hearts at colourful national fest
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Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi
Udupi, Sep 27: The inauguration of the ‘Rashtriya Janapada Kala Vaibhava’ a five-day national festival on folk arts, organized by Sri Krishna Math and Sri Paryaya Sode Vadiraja Math was held on Wednesday September 25 at Rajangana. The festival is a five-day event ending on Sunday September 29.
The event was inaugurated by Sri Vishweshateertha Swami of Pejawar Math, Sri Vidyasagara Theertha Swami of Krishnapura Math, Sri Vishwavallabha Theertha Swami of Paryaya Sode Vadiraja Math, and Sri Vidyadheesha Theertha Swami of Palimar Math.
Sri Vishwavallabhateertha Swami of Paryaya Sode Vadiraja Math, said, “Such events create awareness among the younger generation and boost national integration.”
The inauguration was preceded by a procession with traditional folk dance performed by national teams. The procession started from Jodukatte and ended at Rajangana and was followed by a stage show at 7.30 pm.
Each day five dance performances will be held. On the inaugural day, the event commenced with a folk dance of Karnataka called ‘Pooja Kunita’ which was performed on ‘Vadiraja kriti’ followed by ‘Bihu’ dance from Assam, Manipuri classical dance from Manipur, ‘Sidhigoma’ a tribal dance from Gujarat, ‘Bedary’ from Madhya Pradesh, and ‘Koli’ dance from Maharashtra. A special dance performance called ‘Karnataka Dollu Kunita’ was displayed by a women’s organization.
In the following days, the festival will include performances such as ‘Raas Nritya’ from Nagaland, ‘Bhavia Ghoomer’ and ‘Callbeleya’ from Rajasthan, ‘Gotipova’ from Orissa, ‘Jodi Shunk’ from Chattisgarh, ‘Sambalpuri’ from Jharkhand, ‘Dandia’ from Gujarat, ‘Lambaani’ and Koya’ tribal dance from Andhra Pradesh, ‘Karagam’, ‘Kaavadi’, and ‘Uliyu’ from Tamil Nadu, ‘Bhangra’ from Punjab, ‘Gidda’ from Haryana, ‘Holi’ from Uttar Pradesh, ‘Deepam Nritya’ from Goa, ‘Roof Dance’ from Jammu and Kashmir, ‘Kalaripayatt’ from Kerala, ‘Yellamma Jogi Nritya’, ‘Gurgi-Gurgi’, and ‘Malerayana’ from Karnataka.