All India Radio local centre will organise ‘Janapada Sambaralu' at Gurujada Kalakshetram on March 19 at 6 p.m.

The festival is open to the general public. The main objective of the programme is to connect the cultural artistes of AIR with the general public and lovers of folklore music, according to AIR Transmission Executive G. Shiva Sankar Reddy.

Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, he said that eight cultural troupes from the north coastal districts will be performing at the folk music festival. Many of the AIR listeners had only listened to the folk songs of the artistes but actually had not seen them performing live in their colourful costumes. The music festival will provide them a unique opportunity to see and enjoy the performances of folk artistes.

Bagadi Vijayasaradhi team from the district will present the ‘Pandavodyogam drama-padaka scene' and Dhimsa dance by artistes from Araku Valley. Garaga dance from artistes in East Godavari district, Kolatam from Vizianagaram district by Vangapandu Prasada Rao troupe and Dappu Vinyasam by Paparao team and Tappetagullu by Palina Krishnarao cultural troupe are among the different items that will be presented.

Mr. Shiva Sankar said that under the software budget of AIR, all folklore dance forms that are on the verge of extinction would be recorded and preserved for posterity.

A mono action of Sathya Harischandra will be enacted by Koppara Mangadevi.

AIR programme head V. Venkatarani said that the programmes provide a rich combination and reflection of folklore arts which once ruled the roost among art lovers in the north coastal Andhra districts. The effort is to give due recognition to the artistes who are fading into oblivion due to absence of patronage from the general public.