Vijayawada

Folk art forms come alive on city streets

Captivating show: Folk artistes performing in Vijayawada on Tuesday.

Captivating show: Folk artistes performing in Vijayawada on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: V RAJU.

‘Language and Culture dept. is keen to give a new lease of life to the dying art forms’

Ghantasala Music College premises was abuzz with the rhythmic beats of traditional dappus and gyrations of artistes who transformed into Bengal tigers, peacocks, demons and Kali Matha; as hundreds of folk artistes, including children descended at the venue from 13 districts to celebrate the World Folklore Day.

The event organised by Department of Language and Culture saw nonagenarian Karnati Lakshmi Narasaiah, a veteran folk artiste, taking part a guest of honour.

Folkarts Manager Vasudev Singh said 12 troupes, both in traditional and applied folk-art genres, were invited to perform and to take out a rally on BRTS Road.

Changing lifestyles

“The changing lifestyles and the onslaught of diversified channels of entertainment have had a severe impact on the patronage for folk arts as well as the artistes performing. These events will create awareness among general pubic about our age-old art forms,” he pointed out.

He said the world was curious about many acclaimed art forms of our country and were conducting research on their longevity and popularity. “Mythology, with which several folk arts are associated, is taking a back-seat in the new world of information technology. The Department of Language and Culture is keen to rejuvenate the dying art forms by giving them a new lease of life,” he added.

Troupes under the baton of Sappu Siva Kumar, Sailasree, Ambika, Trinadhachary, Umamaheswar Patrudu, Venugopal and Hemanth Kumar performed arts forms such as Chakka Bajana, Tappeta Gullu, Nemali dance, Pulivesham, Betal and Kalika Nrityams.

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