Press Esc to close
Saturday 25 October 2014
News updated at 2:26 AM IST
Weather
Max: 0°C
Min : 0°C
In Bangalore
Sunny day

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
College students walk in drizzle in Srinagar…

College students walk in drizzle in Srinagar…

People wait as three wild elephants cross…

People wait as three wild elephants cross…

Army soldiers display arms and ammunition recovered…

Army soldiers display arms and ammunition recovered…

Army Personnel inspecting their damaged vehicle…

Army Personnel inspecting their damaged vehicle…

Army personnel take positions during an encounter…

Army personnel take positions during an encounter…

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inspecting…

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inspecting…

Residents look for their belongings after a fire…

Residents look for their belongings after a fire…

Rush at Moradabad Railway Station on the eve of Bhai Dooj…

Rush at Moradabad Railway Station on the eve of Bhai Dooj…

Devotees collecting Puja Pasadam during Govardhan Puja…

Devotees collecting Puja Pasadam during Govardhan Puja…

Sikh religious warriors display their skills as they ride…

Sikh religious warriors display their skills as they ride…

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