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Tableaux jig in kids’ folk fest

Kilkari will organise a folk dance festival with children from the bal bhavans of different states this weekend.

The National Children Folk Dance Festival — Thumak-Thumak 2013 — will be inaugurated on the Saidpur campus of Kilkari Bihar Bal Bhavan on Saturday. Tableaux of the children performing on trucks will be taken out on Sunday. Officials at Kilkari said the two-day festival would be the most expensive event organised by Kilkari yet.

At least 350 children from 14 bal bhavans from across the country, including Kilkari, Amreli Bal Bhavan (Gujarat), Rangprabhat Bal Bhavan (Kerala), Jawahar Shishu Bhavan (Bengal) and Bharti Bal Bhavan (Uttar Pradesh), will attend the festival.

“We are spending around Rs 10 lakh on this event. So far, we have never spent such an amount on any of our programmes,” said Jyoti Parihar, the director of Kilkari Bihar Bal Bhavan, on Thursday.

On the events, she said: “The children will perform folk dance on the festival’s inaugural day at the Saidpur campus of Kilkari Bihar Bal Bhavan. The highlight of the festival will be Sunday though. We will take out a procession of tableaux and 14 trucks have been hired. The children will perform the folk dance of their states. From Gujarat’s garba and Odisha’s Sambalpuri dance to the Holi dance in Mathura and gondhal dance in Maharashtra, the procession will have it all.”

The procession will leave Kilkari’s Saidpur campus and pass through Dinkar roundabout, Machua Toli, Govind Mitra Road, Ashok Rajpath, Kargil Chowk, Fraser Road, Dakbungalow roundabout, Exhibition Road and Bhattacharya Road before ending at Saidpur.