Press Esc to close
Friday 31 July 2015
News updated at 10:30 PM IST
Weather
Max: 21°C
Min : 33°C
In Bengaluru
Partially cloudy

Celebrating states

Archana Mishra, Nov 21, 2012

The ongoing 32nd India International Trade Fair is all about highlighting the country’s socio-economic development, providing platform for business transactions, product launches and one stop sourcing for quality products. What has added to the big surprise this year is the ‘State Day Celebration’ which brings into limelight the rich cultural heritage of 32 states and union territories participating in the event. Making it a public affair, every state on a particular day presents their traditional art forms before visitors.

State artistes who are here all the way from their native villages are making evenings at Pragati Maidan really memorable. On Monday, as the fair opened up for general public, artistes from Himachal Pradesh and Assam showcased their folk songs and dances, leading the State Day Celebrations at Lal Chowk Theatre. In the packed open theatre, Himachali women dressed in traditional outfits started the show with a ‘deepak’ dance.

It was followed by a traditional dance from Chamba, Ghurai. The art form narrates the story of a queen Suhi and the sacrifices made by her to protect the region. Dressed in red and yellow outfits and adorned with heavy jewellery, women moved in circles with grace. The genre of the dance form shifted to Suketi Naat, a typical dance from the Mandi region. Men dressed in blue kurtas and women in red lehngas with flower baskets on their back gave a glimpse of Himachali traditions. This was soon followed by the Punjabi giddha, also known as the Padwa - from Solan, which was then followed by the Harnatya dance from Kullu. Artistes also brought on stage Dhamakra dance from Hamirpur.

Not to be left behind, the Himachal and Punjab celebrations Assam Day commenced with the Sattirya dance performed by students of Luit Konwar Rudra Barua State College of Music. The dance form depicts the childhood days of Lord Krishna. Introducing the audiences to the richness of Assam’s cultural tradition, Bardaichikhla – one of the fascinating folk dances of Bodos was also presented on stage. Dedicated to goddess of storm and water, the dance was performed by young girls.

Later it was a musical performance by the son and daughter-in-law of Assamese music maestro late Dr. Bhupen Hazarika which stole the show. Mayukh Hazarika and Laily Dutta Hazarika entertained the audience with songs and the show ended with Bihu.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
A farmer plants saplings in a paddy field on the outskirts of in Agartala...

A farmer plants saplings in a paddy field on the outskirts of in Agartala...

Leopard caught in forest department cage at CSIR premises, Manadavadi Road in Mysuru on Friday...

Leopard caught in forest department cage at CSIR premises, Manadavadi Road in Mysuru on Friday...

Actress Chitrangada Singh during the inauguration of a diamond showroom in Bengaluru on Friday...

Actress Chitrangada Singh during the inauguration of a diamond showroom in Bengaluru on Friday...

Artists from Gujarat perform a dance at the Travel and Tourism Fair at Netaji Indoor Stadium...

Artists from Gujarat perform a dance at the Travel and Tourism Fair at Netaji Indoor Stadium...

A woman prays as others take holy dips at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges...

A woman prays as others take holy dips at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges...

School children pay tribute to former President APJ Abdul Kalam in Gurgaon on Friday...

School children pay tribute to former President APJ Abdul Kalam in Gurgaon on Friday...

Securitymen guard parliament house during the monsoon session in New Delhi on Friday...

Securitymen guard parliament house during the monsoon session in New Delhi on Friday...

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi meeting agitating students of FTII...

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi meeting agitating students of FTII...

Dukhtaran-e-Millat activists holding placards during their protest against the hanging of Yakub...

Dukhtaran-e-Millat activists holding placards during their protest against the hanging of Yakub...

Policemen in action after a clash between BJP workers and AIIMS coordination committee members...

Policemen in action after a clash between BJP workers and AIIMS coordination committee members...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523