3 Aug 2023

President Murmu To Open Utkarsh And Unmesh Festival In Bhopal On August 3; 800 Artists To Spread colorful Hues Of Folk And Tribal Performing Arts


Bhopal: President Droupadi Murmu will visit Madhya Pradesh capital Bhopal on August 3, 2023 to inaugurate ‘Unmesha’ – International Literature Festival and ‘Utkarsh’ – Festival of Folk and Tribal Performing Arts, being organised by the Ministry of Culture in association with Sahitya Akademi and Sangeet Natak Akademi respectively. She will leave for New Delhi in the evening.

Murmu will inaugurate the "Utkarsh" and "Unmesh" festival at 11:30 am at Hansadhwani Auditorium of Ravindra Bhavan in Bhopal. The Governor Mangubhai Patel and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will be there also. 

Sangeet Natak Akademi and Sahitya Academy under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, in collaboration with the Department of Culture, Government of Madhya Pradesh, are organising national festivals of India's folk and tribal expressions "Utkarsh" and "Unmesh" for the first time from August 3 to 5 in Bhopal.

About 800 artists from 36 states and union territories of the country will spread the colorful hues of folk and tribal performing arts in Utkarsh Utsav. The festival will telecast on the Facebook and YouTube channels of the Department of Culture, along with the Facebook and YouTube channels of the Sangeet Natak Akademi.

Dance performances will be held in Utkarsh from 5 pm

Folk dances and tribal dances of India will be presented at Utkarsh Utsav from 5 pm in the auditorium of Rabindra Bhavan. Prior to this, on Wednesday, August 2, 2023, there will be a Kala Yatra at 7 pm. On Thursday, the first day of the festival, folk dances from different states will be presented from 5 pm onwards. 


Jabaro dance of Leh and Ladakh, Sumi War of Nagaland, Time of Goa, Sindhi Chham of Sikkim, Rai and Nareri of Madhya Pradesh, Bangla of Meghalaya, Lavani of Maharashtra, Bihu of Assam, Singari of Odisha, Paika of Jharkhand and Tappeta Gullu dance will be performed.

On the second day Friday, Aaji Lamu dance of Arunachal Pradesh, Sirmauri Nati of Himachal Pradesh, Panthi of Chhattisgarh, Kalbeliya of Rajasthan, Tiwa of Assam, Phag of Haryana, Mayur Raas of Uttar Pradesh, Nagpuri Jhumur of Jharkhand, Dhol Cholam and Thang Ta of Manipur, Karagattam of Tamil Nadu, Natuva of West Bengal, Puja Kunitha of Karnataka and Maniyaro Ras of Gujarat will be performed.

Rauf dance of Kashmir, Sorathi of Sikkim, Jhijhiya of Bihar, Hojagiri of Tripura, Gaud Maria of Chhattisgarh, Pulkali of Kerala, Chhapeli of Uttarakhand, Gotipua of Odisha, Bhangra of Punjab, Purulia Chhau of West Bengal on the last day of the festival on 5th August. , Oggu Dolu of Telangana and Gudum Baja dance of Madhya Pradesh will be presented.

Unmesh is Asia's biggest literary conference

Unmesh Utsav is Asia's largest literary convention. In this, multilingual poetry recitation, writing lesson, tribal poet's conference, discussions on the topics of literature, poetry recitation on the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav and various topics related to the upliftment of literature will be discussed by the enlightened people. Along with this, books of Sahitya Akademi and other publishers will be available for sale in the "Book Fair" from 10 am to 6 pm. A documentary on eminent writers made by Sahitya Akademi will also be screened during the festival.

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