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LOKOTSAV – GOA’S FAVOURITE FOLK FESTIVAL

A beautiful mixture of folk forms and handicrafts from all over India is currently on display at the yearly folk festival ‘Lokotsav-2018’ that’s being held at Darya Sangam, Kala Academy in Panjim.This is 19th year of Lokotsav in Goa and day by day its popularity is increasing rapidly.Organised by the of Art and Culture, Government of Goa, folk artistesand craftsman from Rajasthan, Gujarat, Assam, Manipur, Haryana, West Bengal, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Sikkim, Tripura including Goa are presenting the folklore of their respective states in Lokotsav-2018.That’s around 500 Folk artistes who are showcasing various folk dances and music of their states and also 600 craft persons showcasing their handicraft items during the festival period. “Dhol, Dholak, Khadtaal, Khanjari, Majira, Taasha, Masindo, Mughkhan, Shankh, Basuri, Ranashing, Pung, Dhol Cholam, Gogona, Thali, Nagara, Pepa, Kamaicha, Murali, Samel, Ghumat, Mhadale, Zaanj, Chipali, Kansale, Peti, Table etc are the traditional musical items that have added to the beauty and grace of the Lokostav festival,” said Pradeep Naik of the Directorate of Art and Culture.
“The performances of all these artistes mesmerie the audience. It also depicts the unity of our diverse cultures,” added Naik. The folk related programmes are performed everyday for continuous 3 hours from 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm. The Goan folk dances like Ganesh Vandana, Fugadi, Dhalo, Goff, Tonyamel, Samai Nritya, Ghodemodni, Dekhni, Virbhadra, Kunbi dance, Mando, Dulpad, Kagor, Mourlo, Corridinho , Dandla Khel, Talgadi, Horbala, and Gaj (Dhangar dance) are performed on a specially designed splendid stage. In addition to folk dances, there have been Western musical programmes of traditional plays by school students , ‘let cha’ and ‘baul ‘ dance etc are being performed.
Besides Goa and various other states from India, the folk artistes and handicraft artisans from countries like Sri Lanka, Vietnam , Germany have added colours to this fest. The ‘Bahrupiya artistes attract the audience with their eye- catching costumes which they flaunt every day. The live acts performed by the ‘Kathputali’ artistes also touch the hearts of the audience.The tourists visiting the Lokotsav festivals along with locals have been seen swarming the numerous stalls at the festival. Crochet work, bags made up of cloth, jute etc, embroidery work , clothes and wooden toys, traditional and artistesic furniture , sofa and pillow covers, different types of footwear, ayurvedic medicine and beauty products, different types of sarees, readymade clothes , bandhani, kota clothes, imitation jewellery, bangles, woolen products, decorative coconuts, Patta portraits of Orisssa among others are on display. [H]

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