Sambalpur Lok Mahotsav starts with much fanfare at Gangadhar Mandap

February 26, 2010 at 7:07 pm Leave a comment

Following is a report from The Pioneer:

The three-day long 14th Sambalpur Lok Mahotsav began with much fanfare at Gangadhar Mandap here on Thursday. Jointly organised by the District Council of Culture, State Culture and Tourism Department and Kolkata-based East Zone Cultural Centre, Governor MC Bhandare inaugurated it.

Collector Hemanta Kumar Das presided over the function. Bhandare said that such occasions help in preserving the folk song, dance and culture and besides providing a common platform to the artists from across the country, it strengthens national integration and harmony.

The function began with Ghanta Badya of Padiabahal followed by Jaiphula of Sambalpur. Rajasthani troupe performed Kalbheliya — a folk dance of the snake charmers’ community.

While Bihu of Assam kept the audience spellbound, Parva of Sonepur and Phaag of Harayana were other major attractions of the evening.

Sidhi Dhamal of Gujarat, Sanchaar of Bargarh, Ranapa of Ganjam, Jindua and Bhangda of Punjab were among other folk dances that kept the audience enthralled till late night. Apart from the folk dances, literary discussions will also be a part of the Mohatsav, informed Organising Committee members Pradip Bahidar and Bhajaram Mahapatra.

“Due to certain reasons it could not be held on its stipulated dates in the first week of January, but we would stick to it from next year,” the Collector said.

All the three local MLAs and Zilla Parishad president were present at the inaugural function.

Entry filed under: Kosli Culture, Lok mahotsav, Region watch, Sambalpur.

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