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Folk artistes from all over Andhra Pradesh showcased their talent on World Tourism Day celebrations at Berm Park in Vijayawada. It also gave students of Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao Government Music and Dance College a chance to test their prowess. It was a feast to the eyes of tourists to witness varied art forms at one place along with an array of water-based sports on the reservoir of Prakasam Barrage on River Krishna. The celebrations by the A.P. Tourism Development Corporation concluded on Tuesday, September 30. A mega shopping festival with food courts and stalls pertaining to crafts, garments and other artefacts were put up along with models of several temples. Dandiya was an added attraction at the event. The Hindu photographer V. Raju captures a few moments.
The number of Nuzvid Veena makers has fallen from 20 in 2011 to nine in 2014. Sheik Meera Saheb, one of the first-generation Nuzvid Veena makers, has quit the art owing to poor health condition. Inheriting the legacy of making lion-headed Veena, Meera Saheb’s younger son Sheik Mabu Saheb takes it forward to its newer heights. The Veena made of jackfruit tree wood has a great demand both in India and some foreign countries. Of late, lack of availability of wood has been threatening the once flourishing rural industry in Krishna District. Carnatic vocalist Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna team to V.L. Narayana of Tamil Nadu and many other Veena artists prefer the exquisite art work from Nuzvid. Text and photos by T. Appala Naidu.