Staff Reporter

Artistes find Keralite audience friendly and encouraging

KOZHIKODE: Kozhikode Corporation hosted a reception on Saturday to the artistes from different States who participated in the National Integration Folk Dance Festival organised by the Nehru Yuva Kendra in the city.

Mayor M. Bhaskaran, deputy mayor P.T. Abdul Latheef and Jagjit Singh Mann, district youth coordinator, Bhattinda, Punjab, spoke on the occasion.

Rita Chakma and Anupa Chakma, both BA students and Nirel Roy, who completed his graduation, said they came to the festival as part of the 15-member team from Tripura. "Audience here is very encouraging. People here are very friendly," they said.

They performed `Bizu dance,' which is performed during the most popular festival of the Chakma community.

"The men wear waist coat and dhoti and women wear pinon (to cover the lower portion of the body) and hadhi (to cover the upper portion of the body) for the dance," Nirel said.

Regional coordinator of Nehru Yuva Kendra S. Satheesh said that the theme of this year's national integration festival was folk arts. Most of the participants were below 35 years of age.

Jagjith Mann from Punjab said that he came with an 18-member team mainly performing Bhangra dance in Kozhikode, Kannur, Palakkad and Wayanad districts.

Majority of team members were girls. Jind Preet Mann, a nine standard girl who is a team member from Punjab performing Bhangra, said that she felt great performing in Kozhikode and other places.

"We do not even think of returning home," she said.

Veer Mann, studying in eight standard and the youngest member of the Punjab team, said she felt good performing in Kozhikode and other places.

All the artistes will be celebrating New Year in Kozhikode. The Punjab team is going to stay in the State longer and will return on January 2 only, even though the Festival will conclude on Saturday itself.