The Telegraph
Saturday , August 2 , 2014
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Cultural treat every Saturday

Starting August 2, Ranchi will have a date with culture every Saturday.

The state art and culture department is all set to start Saniparab — a weekly cultural programme that was huge hit last year — once again at Ram Dayal Munda Kala Bhavan at Hotwar, Ranchi.

State art, culture, sports and youth affairs minister Geetashree Oraon, who also the state HRD minister, will do the honours at 4.30pm on Saturday.

On the first day, folk artistes who will perform include Shankar Nayak of Gumla (Magpuri folk song), Shivshankar Mahali of Ranchi (Paika dance), Sarita Kacchap of Lapung (Oroan dance), Tapan Patnaik of Seraikela (Seraikela Chhau), Rasik Baski of Dumka (Santhali dance). While Vipula Nayak of Ranchi will stage a choreography on Shravan, Mrinalini Akhouri will regale the audience with her renditions.

Conceptualised by assistant director Vijay Paswan, the programme, which started in September last year, was a great hit. However after running it till February, it was abruptly stopped. “We had stopped the programme, as we got busy since March,” said Paswan, adding that Rs 50 lakh has been allocated for it.

The aim is to provide exposure to both visual and tribal folk artistes. “We also want to generate awareness about our talents in arts and the cultural field among the people of Ranchi,” Paswan added.