JAMMU, Dec 25: North Zone Cultural Centre, Patiala (Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India) and Jammu & Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture & Languages are jointly organizing five days ‘National Folk Dance Festival’ from December 26 at Abhinav Theatre, here.
It was disclosed by Director North Zone Cultural Centre, Patiala, Prof Saubaghya Vardhan to media persons here today wherein artists from Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Punjab, Assam, Tripura, Maharashtra, Telengana and Haryana will participate in the upcoming event. “In order to further this tradition, programmes of folk dance, folk music, folk instruments and folk theatre will be organized during the five days festival,” he added.
Prof. Saubhagya said that festival will showcase the folk dances of different parts of India. “The festival is part of our efforts to bring together the tribal artists from different regions of the country. It’s a way to preserve the great cultural traditions of India,” he narrated.
He said that programmes would be organised in Jammu, Reasi and Samba while the main programme would be organised at Abhinav Theatre Jammu. “The Jammu and Kashmir has rich tribal traditions and artists need a platform to showcase their talent,” he said.
“Such festivals are an important aspect to make people of the country aware about rich tribal traditions of India and help the tribal artists to get necessary exposure,” Prof Saubhagya said, adding that we were thankful to the Jammu and Kashmir UT Government especially Cultural Academy for supporting our initiative. “Now, we are hopeful that people would also support our effort and encourage artists,” he expressed.