Of folk music and handicrafts
Lokotsav is back! The annual festival of folk artists and handicrafts which is in its 20th edition is all set to kick start on January 11 at the Darya Sangam, Kala Academy, Panaji.
Organised by the Directorate of Art and Culture, Government of Goa in joint collaboration with West Zone Cultural Centre, Udaipur; Kala Academy, Goa; Sports Authority of Goa and other agencies the ten day festival will be inaugurated at 6.30 p.m. on January 11. “The inauguration will witness a special song featuring 25 instruments and performed by Goan artists,” said Minister of Art and Culture Govind Gaude.
The festival will witness participation from around 1000 artistes (600 from Goa and 400 from the other 15 participating states) and will feature 700 stalls (around 600 handicraft stalls and 100 food stalls). Items on display will include Bandhani, Kathaputali, Lakh Bengals, leather bags, Khadi, Kotha clay art, appliqué work etc. The food stalls will give visitors a chance to experiment with traditional food items of various states.
There will be performances of around 350 artistes per day, said Gaude. These will begin at 7 p.m. daily. This year, the festival will present new performances from states like Nagaland, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura and West Bengal.
While it was earlier announced that the festival will be moving to Ponda this year, Gaude stated that the land earlier selected for hosting this festival in Ponda was unavailable at the required time. He further stated that all the editions in future will also be held in Panaji but efforts will be made to ensure more participation from Goan artists. He also added that the efforts will be made to keep the venue clean in keeping with the Swach Bharat Mission.