Staff Reporter

The festival is conducted as a prelude to CITU State conference

Kallam compliments organisers for holding the event on the beachside

VISAKHAPATNAM: The dance and songs performed at the CITU ‘Sramika Samskruthika utsavalu' (cultural festival by workers) on the beach road amid cool breeze and murmuring sound of the waves gave a perfect reprieve from scorching heat to weekend revellers on Saturday.

Artistes who came from all over the district showcased their talent by dancing to the beat of Dappu and other traditional musical instruments. Most of the participants were from organised and unorganised sector. Varahala Raju, a street vendor, donning the role of freedom fighter Alluri Seetharama Raju explained how one should emulate him and fight against corruption.

Sporting red colour traditional attire, Dhimsa dancers from Araku valley enthralled the spectators near the Children's Park. Encompassing unique rhythm, they drew applause from Visakhapatnam Port Trust Chairman Ajeya Kallam, who was the chief guest. Several people who thronged the beach road got attracted to the cultural programme.

The cultural festival was conducted as a prelude to the State conference of CITU being held in the city from June 13 to 16. In his brief remarks, Mr. Kallam complimented the organisers for holding the event on the beachside. CPI (M) MLC M.V.S. Sarma said globalisation was having an adverse impact on the art and culture of various regions. The region gave birth to several writers and artistes. “Gurajada Appa Rao wrote Kanyasulkam and Sri Sri authored Maha Prasthanam in this area,” he stated. More efforts were needed to prevent folk arts from extinction.

CITU district president A. Ajeya Sarma presided.