Folk tales for the youth ,

Janapada Jathre, a two-day festival organised by the students of BMS College for Women, was a colourful extravaganza.

   The students attempted to bring out the folk culture and colours of the State and their hard work was appreciated by the audience.

Different folk dances like Dollu Kunitha, Patakunitha, Pooja Kunitha, Kamsaale, Somana Kunitha, Veeragase, Goravara Kunitha, Kolaata, Bhootadakolu, Kangeelu, Jadekolu, Maragalu, Karaga etc were showcased by the students at the event.
The programme saw students presenting folk group song, drama, a mock wedding, village fair, folk stories and folk festivals.

The students had also put up different stalls to exhibit the products they had made. Some of these stalls had lip-smacking food which were relished by the visitors. The students were in the best of spirits and decked up in traditional attire.

   Enjoying their time with friends, many of them managed the stalls while others could be seen gorging on the food and getting ready for their performances.

Students said that they wait for this festival the entire year and this is one of the biggest events that they organise. “We work very hard to put up a good show and all the students in the college help out with ideas, concepts and participate in the show. This year, our motive was to revive folk rituals and culture of the State. People in the City hardly know about our State’s folk culture and practices. So we tried to create an awareness regarding these traditions, some of which are getting lost,” said Poornima, a student.

The wedding turned out to be a very popular event as students dressed up as a bride and groom to showcase how a folk wedding takes place.

Ankitha, a student, found the event to be a refreshing change from academics. “There are hardly any classes held during these two days and we enjoy our time with friends. The highlights of this festival are the cultural performances. It is a great platform to showcase our talent and gives us a chance to take independent decisions. Most of the work is done by students and teachers and helps us learn coordination. The two-day fest also lets us display some of the items that we make in our spare time like costumes, jewellery, cloth bags etc,” she said. 

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