Folk artistes from Jharkhand will showcase the state’s rich tribal culture in Rajasthan later this month.
Around 60 dancers belonging to three troupes are going to perform live at a three-day cultural festival — Lok Rang Utsav — at Jaipur from October 19 to 21.
Gumla-based Sushma Nag and her troupe, Rasik Baski group from Santhal Pargana and Seraikela-Kharsawan’s Natraj Kala Kendra Choga members will regale the audience with paika, oraon, chhau and santhali dance.
The three troupes will leave for Jaipur on October 17, with indigenous musical instruments, rural costumes, decorative masks and tribal jewellery.
The state art and culture department will bear the entire cost of their travel, food and lodging which will come to around Rs 3 lakh.
Vijay Paswan, the assistant director of the art and culture department, said: “The excellent performance of the troupes at Saniparab, which is organised every Saturday at Hotwar to promote tribal art and culture, has prompted us to support them. The Jaipur festival is an ideal platform for our state artistes to showcase their talent.”
Festivals like the one Jaipur would help them promote their art and people elsewhere would get to know more about Jharkhand. “The artistes will also get a chance to interact with performers from other states and a mutual exchange of cultural ideas will take place,” he added.
Jharkhand has a rich cultural heritage, but its artistes aren’t well-off.
Ultimately, some give up their passion for dance while others migrate to other states. It is with this mind that the art and culture department decided to send the troupes to Jaipur.
Oraon exponent Sushma Nag and team that set the stage on fire at one of the Saniparab’s was all praise for the department.
“We will give our 100 per cent in the Pink City. We are ready for the festival. Our rehearsal is in the final stages,” she said, promising to put up an excellent show that would make Jharkhand proud.
Natraj Kala Kendra Choga is looking forward to mesmerising the audience with Paika and Manbhum Chhau dance forms.
“We will be performing on all three days of the festival. In Manbhum Chhau, we will depict how Lord Krishna killed demons in Mahabharata. We will show his valour with background music. We have prepared ourselves well, besides buying new costumes and masks for all our artistes,” said kendra secretary Prabhat Kumar Mahto.