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Tagore society hums cultural tune

Salsa, zumba, jazz and other contemporary dance forms took the backseat while Indian culture took the centre stage in Jamshedpur for five days.

The second edition of the All-Jharkhand Music Competition, a Tagore Society sponsored event, wound up at Sakchi’s Rabindra Bhavan on Sunday, with a prize distribution ceremony being held on Monday to felicitate the child artistes.

The winners at the event pocketed a cool Rs 2,000 as prize money while the first and the second runners-up received Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 respectively.

The event, which had kicked off on December 12, saw enthusiastic participation from more than 100 students, in the age group of five and 25 years.

A host of cultural programmes and competitions —recitation, instrumental, music and classical dance among others — were held during the five days.

Sources said though invites had been sent out to all the districts of the state, the event saw participation only from East Singhbhum, West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan, with Jamshedpur contributing maximum number of participants.

“School students these days are being wooed by the western culture. There are reality shows on televisions today that do everything but promote classical dance or music. So, this is our way of keep the country’s culture and tradition alive,” said Ashis Choudhury, secretray of Tagore Society.

He added that a wide array of competitions had been lined up for all the students. “Students here got a stage to showcase their talents,” Choudhury said.

He added that the students had been divided into four groups for the event (according to their ages).

To make the event friendly for the students, the organisers said that each group was given a choice between two topics.

The options given out for the poetry recitation event included Ramgarurer Chhana by Sukumar Ray, Borbor, Khela Bhola and Aagaman by Rabindranath Tagore, Khadu-Dadu by Nazrul Islam, Cheel by Sukanta Bhattacharya and Jodi Nirbasan Dao by Sunil Gangopadhyay.

Similarly those taking part in the tabla competition were given a particular rhythm on which they had to play, with the classical singers being given the option of choosing from a list of carefully selected rabindrasangeet songs. Those in the vocal music category were asked to choose from 14 ragas.