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Culture treat on stage in January

The state’s culture pot is set to spill over this New Year.

The art and culture department has lined up a string of live performances and functions by folk artistes, poets and theatre actors post- January 15 in what is being touted as New Year gift for the denizens.

Staring from kavi sammelan and mushaira to folk dances and plays — the programmes will be held in Ranchi, Jamtara, Dumka, Dhanbad and Deoghar. Tribal artefacts crafted by artistes will be also showcased at the venues of the festivals. However, the dates are yet to be fixed.

Vijay Paswan, assistant director of state art and culture department, said: “This will be our New Year gift to the people. We are looking forward to offer wholesome entertainment to aficionados of different forms of art. It will also give a platform to the participating artistes to interact with each other.”

A two-day Santhal Utsav has been planned at Jamtara with the department earmarking a budget of Rs 5 lakh. Santhali women clad in red-bordered saris and men in dhoti, adorned with leaves, will perform their traditional dance to the accompaniment of traditional instruments like flute, drums and pipes.

The state capital, on the other hand, will host Akhil Bharatiya Theatre festival for five days for which the total allocation is Rs 7 lakh. Akhil Bharitya Lok Utsav will keep Dumka enthralled for three days that also entail a cost of Rs 7 lakh.

A kavi sammelan and mushaira will be organised in Dhanbad for a day. A sum of Rs 3 lakh has been set aside for the programme while the 10-day art and craft exhibition at Deoghar will involve Rs 5 lakh.

The department is planning to rope in artistes not only from within the state but outside too. “We will invite folk artistes from different states to perform at the functions. We are also in the process of contacting well-known theatre personalities who will present plays on social issues. For the kavi sammelan, we will get renowned poets,” Paswan said.