Directorate of Art & Culture will be presenting a beautiful mixture of Folk forms & Handicrafts from all over India at the yearly Folk festival (Lokotsav-2015) to be organised from January 9 to January 18. The Festival will be held at Darya Sangam, Kala Academy. Around 400 folk artists will be presenting various folk dances and music of their states and also 600 craft persons will be displaying their handicraft items during the festival period.
This particular folk festival will be inaugurated on January 9 at 6.30 p.m.by Governor Mridula Sinha in presence of Minister for Art & Culture, Dayanand Mandrekar, Mayor of Corporation of the City of Panaji, Surendra Furtado, Secretary Art & Culture, Faizi. O. Hashmi and other dignitaries.
This folk festival is being organised by the Directorate of Art & Culture, every year in joint collaboration of West Zone Cultural Centre, Udaipur, Kala Academy, Goa, Sports Authority of Goa and Corporation of the City of Panaji in order to promote the folk culture and handicrafts from different states and also from Goa. A perfect platform is given to the artisans to showcase and sale their crafts. This is 16th year of Lokotsav in Goa and day by day its popularity is increasing rapidly.
The folk artists and craftsman from Rajasthan, Gujarat, Assam, Manipur, Haryana, West Bengal, Sikkim, Chhatisgarh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Odisha, including Goa are invited to present the folklore of their respective states in Lokotsav-2015.
The Goan artists will be performing various Goan folk forms like Ghode Modani, Jagor, Mussal, Lamp dance, Goff, Dekhani, Mando, Kunbi/Dandla Khel and Dhangar on different days. The artistes from other states will perform the folk dances and music like Mangniyar, Kalbelia, Bhavai, Bahurupia, Puppeteers from Rajasthan. The Bihu dance will be performed by Assam artistes. Mewasi, Kervano Vesh and Siddhi Dhamal from Gujarat. Pung Dhol Cholam and Thangta by the state of Manipur. Bhangda by Punjab. The state of Maharashtra will present Lawani and Koli dance. Also Panthi of Chhatisgarh, Ghommar of Haryana and an added attraction of Gotipua and Shingari of Odisha.
More than 500 stalls will exhibit handicraft items which includes bandhani, kathputali, lakh bengals, leather bags and chappals, khadi, kotha and silk materials, handmade garments, carpets, glass wear, clay art, furniture, wooden toys, block print, appliqué work as well as Goan crafts will be displayed for sale. The Goan people will also enjoy the taste of the traditional food items of Rajasthan and other states.
The Cultural programme will be held from 6.30 to 10 p.m. It is further informed that the Goan craft persons who had applied for the stalls have to be present for the stall allotment on January 8 from 10 a.m. onwards for the allotment of stalls.
The exhibition will be held from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. till January 18.