Panaji: Jan 2, 2015 …. 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 organized from January 9 to 18 Jan.’2015. The Festival will be held at Darya Sangam, Kala Academy, Goa. 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 folk festival is being organized by the Directorate of Art & Culture, Govt. of Goa 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 artists from other states will perform the folk dances & Music like Mangniyar, Kalbelia, Bhavai, Bahurupia, Puppetiers from Rajasthan. The Bihu dance will be performed by Assam artists. Mewasi, Kervano Vesh & 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. 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 & Chappals, Khadi, Kotha & 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 from 10.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. from  January 9 to 18, 2015.

 This particular folk festival will be inaugurated on January 9, 2015 at 6.30 p.m. at the hands of H.E. Governor of Goa, Smt. Mridula Sinha in distinguished presence of  Hon. Minister for Art & Culture, Shri Dayanand Mandrekar, Mayor of Corporation of the City of Panaji, Shri Surendra Furtado, Secretary Art & Culture, Shri Faizi. O. Hashmi and other dignitaries.

 In this regards the Directorate of Art & Culture & other four collaborative agencies cordially invites the art lovers, tourists and general public for the inaugural function of the said festival on January 9, 2015 at 6.30 p.m. at Darya Sangam, Kala Academy, Goa and thereafter for the Cultural programme from 6.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. and to visit the exhibition cum programme from  January 9 to 18, 2015. 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, 2015 from 10.00 a.m. onwards for the allotment of stalls.


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