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GRACEFUL: A demonstration of Rajasthani dance being performed at the South Zone Cultural Centre in Thanjavur. —
GRACEFUL: A demonstration of Rajasthani dance being performed at the South Zone Cultural Centre in Thanjavur. —

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Sonal Mansingh to choreograph 26 art forms with 230 artistes on inaugural day

Thanjavur: A choreographic presentation of art forms for better appreciation of art and culture by Sonal Mansingh, Odissi dancer, will be the highlight at the inauguration of Salangai Natham 2008-a national cultural festival to be held here from March 22 to March 29, according to K.V.Giridhar, Director of South Zone Cultural Centre which organises the function.

Six hundred artistes from all over the country will participate in the festival.

Dr. Mansingh will choreograph a presentation of 26 art forms with 230 artistes on the inaugural day. Governor of Tamil Nadu Surjit Singh Barnala will inaugurate the festival.

Mr. Giridhar, along with Dr, Mansingh and M.S.Shanmugham, Thanjavur Collector, told presspersons here on Friday that Salangai Natham is an annual event of the Cultural Centre to showcase national folk art forms in commemoration of its inauguration at Thiruvaiyaru in 1986.

This year, the festival is held at the Palace ground with special lighting and sound arrangements.

Craft stalls and food courts of north and south are also being arranged.

Another unique feature will be performance of special cultural events by artistes from Punjab from March 26 to 28. This programme is organised in association with North Zone Cultural Centre.

Folk dance troupes from Assam, Gujarat, Mizoram, Rajasthan, Nagaland, Orissa and Tamil Nadu performed samples from their repertoire for a few minutes.

The programmes will be held from 6.30 p.m.to 9 p.m.every day. Following indoor programmes _ string puppet show, leather puppet show, folk vocal entertainment programme, villupattu and theru kuthu _ will be showcased from 11 a.m.to 12.30 a.m. at Sangeetha Mahal from March 23 to March 28.

Some of the dances to be performed are Bordoi Chikhla from Assam, Hozagiri from Tripura, Oppana from Kerala, Ladies Thappattam from Tamil Nadu, Rekham Pada from Arunachal Pradesh, Thang Ta from Manipur, Sambalpuri from Orissa, Bhangra from Punjab and Jhoomer from Haryana.

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