National Crafts Mela enters Day 6

Folk artistes from all over the country brought alive the diverse musical and dance cultures of their respective regions at the Chandigarh National Crafts Mela at Kalagram that entered its sixth day on Wednesday.

Hundreds of folk artistes and dancers from far-flung areas of our country have been especially invited by the North Zone Cultural Centre to perform along with dance troupes during the day. Tribals have preserved their heritage and culture, which is exhibited through performances on special occasions.

During the day, artistes from different states enthralled the visitors with different folk performances and dances from Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Chattisgarh etc. Garasia, a tribal dance of Rajasthan and Sambalpuri dance of Odisha was performed.

Around 15 artistes from Madhya Pradesh gave Gaur Maria performance, which is usually performed during festivities.

The colourful costumes attracted the visitors who had come to the fair. "Tamang Selo" dance of Sikkim was performed to the rhythmic sound of the "Damphoo" musical instrument which the dancers carried in their hands.

Kaskar, a festival dance of Chattisgarh, Lambdi dance of Andhra Pradesh, Gudum Baja of Madhya Pradesh, Dangi Nritya of Gujarat and Kargam is a folk dance of Tamil Nadu were among the others that were performed.

The other attractions of the day at Kalagram were a puppet show, Kachi Ghori by Rajasthani performers, Nagara and Bazigaar acts by rural folk of Punjab.

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