Staff Reporter

GUNTUR: The Telugu Association of North America will organise a festival of traditional and folk arts of Andhra Pradesh here Guntur on December 23 and 24 to bring together artistes of as many art forms as possible to display their skills.

TANA coordinator Ch. Uday Kumar told reporters here on Sunday that they had decided to invite performers to Guntur, the birthplace of theatre arts and several other vanishing traditional art forms.

The idea was to support artistes and improve awareness on certain forms, he said. The local support for organising the events would be provided by Katragadda Narasimha Rao, founder of Katragadda Foundation; Chandramouli, secretary of LVR Club; Bhaktavatsalam, dean of Potti Sriramulu University Folk and Tribal Art Department.

While the earlier three such festivals organised in Vijayawada, Kakinada and Tirupati, they had only art festivals, this year TANA wishes to organise a meeting on Krishna district development in Vijayawada on December 26.

The meeting would discuss ways to tap NRI resources for developing the backward areas of the district, he observed.

On December 27, TANA in association with Rotary Club would organise an eye camp for all age groups and help perform cataract operations. It would organise a programme of physically challenged children in Visakhapatnam to provide them an opportunity to display their art skills, Mr. Uday Kumar said.