As many as 36 artists participating in the International Women’s Art Camp were presented certificates and mementos by Minister of Art & Culture, Government of Rajasthan, Dr. B.D. Kalla and Director General of JKK, Ms. Kiran Soni Gupta. Also, present on the occasion was Additional
Director (Technical), Mr. Furqan Khan.
On the occasion, the Minister said that it is heartening to see women artists from across the globe participate in the ‘The Women’s Festival – Samarth’ organised on the occasion of International Women’s Day. Women should be given opportunities to decide their livelihood in all situations and conditions. It is important to empower women in all areas of life so they can be strong physically and financially. The festival has also been an initiative to encourage international harmony and showcase the uniqueness of Indian culture and traditions.
Ms. Kiran Soni Gupta said that the festival aims to bring together global and local artists on one platform so that they may learn from each other’s craft and exchanges ideas. The festival made sure to include not only professional artists but also traditional artists from villages, students and other art lovers. She also recollected the various programmes and activities during the 5-day festival.
Later in the evening, brilliant dance and music performances were presented by the talented folk artistes from India. The audience enjoyed Tera Taali, Chari, Bhapang and much more.
The cultural programme began with folk dance of Assam, Bihu was presented by the Government of Assam. This dance is usually performed to celebrate Assamese New Year, the seasonal spirit and passion. The traditional costume of the dancers was centered around the colour red, signifying joy, happiness and welcoming spring.
Popular folk dance from Rajasthan, ‘Tera Taali’ was presented by Ganesh Das. This dance is uniquely known as the only Rajasthani dance which is performed sitting down. The audience greatly enjoyed the female dancers with brass discs attached to their arms and legs, all used to play different tones. This was followed by Chari, a dance from Kishangarh in Rajasthan. The dancers displayed extreme skill and talent in balancing flaming pots atop their heads as they performed with grace.
The evening went on to witness a ‘Bhapang’ performance which is a string percussion instrument. The mellifluous performance presented by Mehmood was enjoyed by all music lovers. A tribal dance close to nature ‘Siddhi Dhamal’ showcased bird movements, peacock’s voice and stole the show with the performers by breaking coconuts with their heads.
Originating from Maharashtra and known for its graceful beauty, folk dance ‘Lavni’ was also performed on the occasion. Female artistes wore the 9-yard long saree and displayed their graceful moves. The performance was presented by Reshma from Pune. Similarly, Kalbeliya folk dance of Rajasthan was performed by Shymla. The dance depicted the movements of snake catching and trading snake venom. The dancers wore flowing black skirts with heavy embroidery work and beautiful jewellery.