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Youth fest invite to rural folk artistes
- Art & culture department to host Abhivyakti at State Museum

Ranchi, Feb 15: Folk artistes from non-descript villages across Jharkhand will for the first time get a platform to exhibit their talent.

For, the state art and culture department, which is organising the maiden Jharkhand Yuva Mahotsav, will invite such artistes who will perform along with college students at the State Museum in Hotwar from February 28 to March 2.

The three-day youth festival, Abhivyakti, will see around 2,000 college students and folk artistes participate in events like natyarang (play), akhara (folk dance), tarana (folk music), akaar (fine arts), adim swar (poetry), udgam (tribal art camp), luga (fashion show) and a rock show.

“This is for the first time we are hosting such a festival where folk artistes , who reside in far flung places and do not have much exposure, will get a proper platform. College students have always been part of such festivals,” said assistant director of state art and culture department Vijay Paswan.

Free registration forms are available at the deputy commissioner’s (DC) office of each district. The last date to submit forms is February 22.

The only criterion is that participants ought to be between 18 and 35 years of age. However, Paswan added, that participants would have to audition which would be held at the venue from February 23 to 27.

The department has roped in artistes, who are experts in their respective fields, to conduct the trials. For instance, NSD alumnus Sanjay Lal will audition theatre artistes, while folk dance expert Jeetrai Hansda will judge budding dancers. Folk music connoisseur Mukund Nayak, Vipul Nayak and classical musician Mrinilani Akhouri will test the singers.

Museum curator Md Sharfuddin said they were expecting around 2,000 participants. “Registration forms are now available in all districts. Auditions will start after February 22 at the venue,” he added.

Besides, the state department will be organising a series of cultural programmes in theatre and music next month across districts.