Tribal dance festival starting today

Karnataka State University of Music and Performing Arts Dr Gangubai Hangal, Rangayana, and KSOU will jointly organize a tribal dance festival from August 9 to 11 in the city.

It is being conducted in association with Nagpur South Central Zone Cultural Center and All India Tribal Art Parishat and will also mark 75 years of India’s independence.

Addressing a press conference on Monday, organizers said the event took on special significance also in light of the election of a tribal woman as India’s president for the first time.

The event will be opened at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday by District Minister ST Somashekar at KSOU Auditorium and feature a folk art exhibition. The same will be presented at Kalamandira on August 10 and 11 from 5:30 p.m.

The music college will host a seminar on August 10 starting at 10:30 a.m. on tribal issues. Daily cultural programs will include dance presentations by tribal artists from different parts of the country.

A total of eight teams of 15 members each will perform different tribal dances. The event is also an effort to make commoners more aware of tribal culture and the festival is open to everyone.

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