Press Esc to close
Saturday 29 April 2017
News updated at 9:04 PM IST

Celebrating states

Archana Mishra, Nov 21, 2012 21:10 IST
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
My Take: Can you count colours? Photo by Nalini R Magal from Hassan...

My Take: Can you count colours? Photo by Nalini R Magal from Hassan...

My Take: Happiness as a warm puppy. Photo by Varsha Chalageri from Dharwad...

My Take: Happiness as a warm puppy. Photo by Varsha Chalageri from Dharwad...

My Take: Pretty posers. Photo by Siddhi Doddanavar, from Belgaum...

My Take: Pretty posers. Photo by Siddhi Doddanavar, from Belgaum...

My Take: You mean, I wont grow up to be a tiger? Photo by Praveenkumar P K from Dharwad

My Take: You mean, I wont grow up to be a tiger? Photo by Praveenkumar P K from Dharwad

The good side vs the bad side. Photo by Gayatri Venkatesh from Bengaluru...

The good side vs the bad side. Photo by Gayatri Venkatesh from Bengaluru...

Border Security Force (BSF) personals handing over a 15 years old Pakistani national Razak...

Border Security Force (BSF) personals handing over a 15 years old Pakistani national Razak...

Basaveshwara statue is decorated on the occasion of Basava Jayanthi and Akshaya Tritiya....

Basaveshwara statue is decorated on the occasion of Basava Jayanthi and Akshaya Tritiya....

A Japanese Hitoshi Takahashi biker performs stunt during Yamaha FMX stunt show in Kochi, Kerala...

A Japanese Hitoshi Takahashi biker performs stunt during Yamaha FMX stunt show in Kochi, Kerala...

People use umbrella to protect from rain at at MG Road and Kasturba Road junction in Bengaluru...

People use umbrella to protect from rain at at MG Road and Kasturba Road junction in Bengaluru...

A lion beats the heat by relaxing under a tree at Dr Shivaram Karnath Biological Park...

A lion beats the heat by relaxing under a tree at Dr Shivaram Karnath Biological Park...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.