The “LOKRANG” a three-day Cultural Festival, hosted by Shilparamam Hyderabad, inaugurated today
Shilparamam Special Officer Kishan Rao Garu IAS (R) and Prof Saubhagya Vardhan lighted the lamp and inaugurated the function.
A Festival of Folk / Classical Music & Dances – 24th-26th August 2018, daily 5.30 PM onwards
The Shilparamam is a prestigious institute wedded for promotion of arts, crafts and culture and to preserve, conserve and promote our great traditions. It is a much happening place in twin cities wherein all important and topclass programmes will take place in frequent intervals. It has now come up with an another, a prestigious event of LOKRANG cultural festival from 24th to 26th August in collaboration with North East Cultural Centre, Patiala. In this gigantic festival states like Rajasthan, Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttarakanda, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi etc are participating and presenting their famous attractive folk art forms and cultural art forms. More than 130 artists will participate in this festival and show case their talents in the Amphitheatre of Shilparamam daily from 5.30 pm onwards. The details of each art form, participating state are enclosed herewith along with photographs for the help of media friends with a request to give wide publicity of the festival so that the Hyderabadies can enjoy this event.
The list of Performances
Kalbelia (Sapera or Snake Charmer) Dance: – Kalbelia dance is a folk dance of Rajasthan state of India. It is well known by other names like ‘Sapera Dance’ or ‘Snake Charmer Dance’. It is one of the most sensuous dances among all Rajasthani dance. This ancient dance form is performed by women on the tunes of been on the occasion of joy in the Kalbelia community. In this dance, males play various traditional instruments and females perform dance. The dancers are women in flowing black skirts who dance and swirl, replicating the movements of a serpent. The popularity of this dance is worldwide that Rajasthan’s Kalbelia dance and songs are now in UNESCO’s representative list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity from the year 2010.
Manganiars is a group of hereditary professional musicians, whose music has been supported by wealthy landlords and aristocrats for generations. The monarchs of the courts of Rajput and Jaipur maintained large music and dance troupes an in an environment where the arts were allowed to flourish. Though Manganiar community are made up of Muslim musicians, many of their songs are in praise of Hindu deities and celebrate Hindu festivals such as Diwali and Holi. The Manganiar performs traditionally invoke the Hindu god Krishna and seek his blessings before beginning their recital. At one time, the Manganiars were musicians of the Rajput courts, accompanying their chiefs to war and providing them with entertainment before and after the battles and in the event of his death, would perform at the ruler’s vigil day and night until the mourning was over. The Manganiar performs traditionally invoke the Hindu god Krishna and seek his blessings before beginning their recital. At one time, the Manganiars were musicians of the Rajput courts, accompanying their chiefs to war and providing them with entertainment before and after the battles and in the event of his death, would perform at the ruler’s vigil day and night until the mourning was over.
|3||Chakri – Rajasthan
Chakri dance is one of the famous folk dances that are performed by the women of Rajasthan. Rajasthanis stand for their vivid imaginations of colors and a rich heritage along their vase deserts or their magnificent fortresses and their dances are also true to that. There is so much of color – be it in their dresses or in their dance and this is the case with the Chakri dance as well. Chakri is the dance of the tribe called Kanjars and they seem to be spread all across the state and wherever these Kanjars are, there we can trace the presence of the Chakri dance as well. This is very specific to the Chakri tribe, and in particular they seem to inhabit the areas of Kota and Baran districts of Rajasthan. This is dance is very famous and an integral part of the Rajasthani culture.
The dancers wear colorful skirts with lot of traditional Rajasthani mirror work and the whole group looks bright and colorful as they step up to start dancing and when they start the dance, there is no looking back. The go in rounds at such speed that they keep spinning like lightning. The Chakri derives its name from Chakra which means the wheel, and it just goes to say how fast the women move around as they keep spinning like wheels that go very fast. The women cover a large floor area, as they keep moving without clashing with each and still keep moving across the group with so much of expertise.
|4||Bangra – Punjab
Bangra is a Traditional and lively form of Folk dance which is originated from Punjab. People in Punjab Traditionaly perform bangra while celebrating the harvest. During Bangra people sing Punjabi Bholiyan Lyrics , at least one person plays the dhol drum and other people may play the flute, dholak drum and other instruments. Bangra Dance performed typically performed in a team, involves coordination timing and technique amongst the various team members. Traditionally men wrap a four to six metre long Chadra or a silkencloth around the wrist along the coat and the headgear. Long shirts known as kurthas are also worn. The musical Instruments used in bangra make rhythm of music very energetic and catchy.
|5||Gatka- Martial Art- Punjab
It is believed to have originated when sixth Sikh guru Hargobind adopted ‘Kirpan’ for self defense during Mughal era and tenth Guru Gobind Singh made it compulsory for everyone to use the weapons for self defense. ‘Gatka’, a traditional martial art form, that is historically associated with the Sikh gurus and is popular among the masses, is now being recognised as a sport nationwide. The form which was earlier confined to gurudwaras, nagar kirtans and akharas, finds presence in the sports category after the formation of Gatka Federation of India (GFI) in 2008 and is now played by trained Gatka players at the national level. Gatka should not be misunderstood only as a means of self-defence. It stresses on the spiritual, physical and mental aspect of one’s being. The art form involves bare handed combat, sticks, kirpans, swords and various Shastars(weapons).
|6||Rouf Dance- Jammu & Kashmir
In the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, Rouf is considered as one of the most prominent dance form. This dance art has always been an element of Kashmiri life since primeval times. In the capital city of Jammu and Kashmir that is Srinagar this dance form is marked as ‘Row’ whereas in other villages, it is well defined as ‘Ruf’. This welcoming dance form is basically carried out by Kashmiri women in order to welcome the spring season. One will also come across a fair number of performances that are carried during the prologue of spring period. Further more this dance is obviously enthused by an insect bee. By this dance form the Kashmiri women depicts the lovemaking of the bees that can clearly be seen when it is portrayed. In this dance Rouf, two or four clusters are created and each group consists of two to three charming and beautiful women. These women performers stand in a line of two rows by facing each other. Also they hold the hand of their adjacent partner. Thereafter the dance is performed as women bend their feet frontward and then to back. During the performance the song that is sung is in the type of answer and question. Additionally rouf is carried out by women in such form where one cluster puts up question and the other react to it in a musical way.
|7||Dogri- Jammu & Kashmir
In Jammu regions, Dogras hold folk songs and dances very dear to their hearts since these aspects of culture illustrate the true colours of our traditions. The musicals, plays, acts, films and programs express the innermost joy and happiness of a person.
During weddings in the Dogri tradition, a dance called Jagarna is performed which is quite theatrical. When the menfolk are out accompanying the bridegroom to the bride’s home, the women of the house get together indulging in gossips through music, dance and revelry relating to their marital life, interrupted only when the men return.
|8||Chhapeli Dance- Uttarakhanad
Chhapeli dance is performed by a male and female accompanied with dance and song. It involves a lot of instruments as well. In societies all over the world, sophisticated or otherwise, the concept of courtship dance is very much prevalent. It portrays the tradition and customs of the people of the region. It is not mandatory that the couples who participate in the dance forms are actually lovers, though the concept of the couple taking the dance floor was started to enhance the bonding between two people. In the dance, the female dancer holds a colourful handkerchief in the right hand and a mirror in her left hand. The male has slung on his left shoulder a Hudukka, and playing on it, provides the rhythmic pattern for the drum. The mirror, which is the most interesting part, symbolises something mysterious or vague. The dance is performed to win over the listeners and it can sometimes be quite mesmerizing. The tone of the music is often bright, gay and brisk accompanied with instruments like hurka, manzira and flute. The couple dancing on the floor actually symbolizes the joys of love, beauty and romance. The female partner dances with a charming smile on her face and exhibits various elegant waist movements. The dancer dances to the lines of the song, mostly in praise of her beauty, sometimes even mocking her ways of making love. The song consists of solo chores and is sung by the Hurka players and their associates standing in a semi-circle behind the dancers. Chhapeli dance means various colourful costumes and decorative jewelleries. The female dancer decorates herself with heavy ornaments such as a garland of wooden beads, big ear-tops, rings and thick heavy bangles. She also adorns herself with a tiara on the head. The female costume consists of a long flowing skirt and a green or blue coloured full-sleeve jacket. Along with these, she also wears a ‘Kardhani’ which is an ornament worn on the waist.
|9||Himachali natti- Himachal Pradesh
Nati (dance) Nati refers to the traditional dance of Sirmaur district Kullu and Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh. … Dance is also popular in Chandigarh where Himachali youth perform this on cultural programmes. This dance is also popular in jounsari community in uttrakhand. Nati is among the most important dance form among the Performing Arts of Himachal Pradesh. Through the slow swaying movements of their body, the dancing men and women welcome their New Year. Nati-Folk Dance in Himachal Pradesh is performed by people dancing in the form of circles, or sometimes in rows.
The dance done basically in the lunar month of Phalgun seeks to celebrate the colourful festival of Holi. The dancers come together to the sound of ‘Tasha’, ‘Nagara’ and ‘Dhol’. The men come running & singing the traditional songs of ‘Phalgun’, followed by women carrying ‘Koraras’, the knotted lengths of cloths. They run about the men hitting with the ‘Koraras’ while men defend themselves as best as they can with ‘Shuntis’.
Ghoomar dance -Haryana
Marked by circular movements of the dancers, Ghoomar is generally performed by the girls of the areas bordering Rajasthan. The dancers form a circle, and move about clapping and singing, while tempo of the dance is accelerated. The accompanying songs are full of satire and humour and refer to contemporary events, while the dancers twirl around in pairs.