Udaipur witnessed colourful folk and tribal dances during the 70 th foundation day of Bhartiya Lok kala Mandal. Owing adverse condition due to Covid -19 for last 11 months, people could enjoy performance on line only. This was a refreshing treat to art and culture lovers of Udaipur as they experienced stage performances off line. This was amalgamation of Lokanuranjan Mela(22 to 24 Feb) and Padmashri Devilal Samar Natya Samaroh(25 to 28 Feb) along with a craft fair showcasing traditional crafts of India. The performing artistes as well as craft persons expressed triumph over this festivity.
Chakari, Kalbelia,Seharia,Kathaudi,Chang,Langa Manganiars, Angi Ger dancers of Rajasthan got opportunity to perform before the eager audience. Tribal Rathwas from Gujarat,Lawani and Koli Dance from Maharashtra,Bihu from Asam,Bhangda from Punjab,Vogu Dholu and Bonala Kolattam from Telangana, Pooja Kunitha from Karnataka and Opana as well as Margam Kali from Kerala show cased their talent with regional cultural flavour. It was most exciting to experience the rich heritage of India through cultural manifestation. Audience observed all safety protocols of Covid -19 during this period.
The Festival was inaugurated by Smt. Kiran Soni Gupta, Director of West Zone Cultural Centre along with Shri Jitendra Upadhyay, Commissioner (TAD) who were welcomed by Shri Riyaz Tehsin ,Vice President and Shri Satya Prakash Gaud, Hon. Secretary.
Teracotta of Molela, Block prints from Akola, Wooden, and Bone and Bead ornaments from Ghaziabad, Kantha embroidery of West Bengal, Dress marital Tusser, Moonga and silk from Bhagalpur, Sola pith idols from West Bengal, Crochet art of Bihar.
Clubbing with celebration of 70th Foundation Day, BLKM also organized 17th Padmashri Devilal Samar Memorial Drama Festival in collaboration with The Performers Cultural Society. Four plays were staged namely ‘Jaat hi pooch saadhu ki’ directed by Kaviraj Laique.
The Docu- Drama ‘Mohan se Maseeha’ written and directed by Dr. Laique Hussain was staged on 2nd day. It showcased few significant aspects and instances of Mahatma Gandhi incorporating small scenes with music and light effects. The production tried to highlight character, philosophy, teachings and struggle of Mahatma Gandhi for seeking Non Violence and Independence. Children of School for the Deaf presented a small skit on “Korona se Suraksha” written and directed by Dr. Laique Hussain.
“Saiyan Bhaye Kotwal” scripted by Marathi playwright Vasant Sabnis and directed by Sanjay Bhaseen of Haryana Kala Parishad, Kurukshetra was staged on third day. This was a satire on the system which gives birth to corruption. Selfish motives do not hesitate to give terrible losses to the Government. Actors enjoyed the liberty and created hilarious scenes. Director utilized Music for enhancing the impact.
“Beeviyon Ka Madarsa” was the concluding presentation staged on the 28 February. Based on the creation of French playwright Moliere the play was adapted by well known dramatist Balraj Pandit and Surekha Seekari in Indian context. Play was funny.
Director Sufiyan Khan created funny scenes utilizing contemporary scenario. Each Actor lived her and his role to invoke laughter. Sometimes they over acted but the audience appreciated as after a long gap they enjoyed play sitting in front of stage.
The organizers thanked 300 folk and tribal artistes,60 craft persons and 100 theatre artistes. “ It was a joint venture of Department of Art and Culture, Government of Rajasthan, West Zone Cultural Centre, Udaipur, Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre, Kolkata, South Zone Cultural Centre,Thanjavur, M.L.Tribal Research Institute, Udaipur,Rajasthan Sangeet Natak Akademy,Haryana Kala Parishad,Kurukshetra, Department of Language and Culture, Telangana and Punjab Folk Arts Centre, Gurudaspur”. said Dr. Laique Hussain , Director of BLKM.
This Festival was a welcome relief for the Art and Culture lovers of Udaipur. There are other cultural activities including Night tourism have started in Mewar which give encouragements to artistes and art lovers. Keeping in mind the health and Corona protocol people can enjoy all recreational activities while staying safe.
Tail piece -- After a long spell of 12 Months WZCC is staging a play in Rangshala at Darpan hall ,Shilpgram on Sunday,7 th March. The Delhi based group is presenting play “Main Bhee Ma Ban Gaya” written by Sunil Raj and Directed by Sunil Chauhan.-