Bharat Lok Parv – Purvottar Yatra

Bharat Lok Parv- National Festival of Folk and Tribal Arts has been planned with the objective to present rich diversity and uniqueness of Indian culture and to promote the cultural inter-linkages amongst the states to strengthen National integration. For national integration through culture it is necessary for the people of the country to know about each other’s culture. With this aim, the festival has been conceived. The essential thrust of this festival is to bind the artists of other parts of the country with the people of north east in a single thread of culture.

The first Bharat Lok Parva was organised from 16 – 28 February, 2015 in North East region. The festival was inaugurated at Bakori Manch, Srimanta Shankardev Kalashetra, Guwahati on 16 February, 2015 and extended to North Eastern region in the form of Purvottar Yatra including the venues; Kohima, Senapati, Imphal, Kakching, Jowai, Kolasib, Aizwal, Shillong, Silchar, Kailashahar, Agartala, Khowai, Shivsagar, Dibrugarh, Roing, Bomdila, Tawang, Lakhimpur, Dudhnai, Tura, Kokrajhar, Barakodali, Nawgoan, Jorhat, Majuli, Kalimpong, Namchi, Singtam and Mangan. The festival was inaugurated by Hon’ble Governor of West Bengal, Shri Keshri Nath Tripathi and Shri Jual Oram, Hon’ble Minster of Tribal Affairs, Government of India was the guest of honour. 65 National awardees from north eastern states were the special invitees of the occasion. On the second eve of the festival Hon’ble Governor of Assam, Shri Padmanabhan Balakrishna Acharya graced the occasion. Smt. Bismita Gogoi, Hon’ble Minister of Cultural affairs, Government of Assam graced the occasion on the closing ceremony of the festival.

The festival presented folk music, dance, theatre, puppetry, craft and painting of India. The festival was followed by an exhibition on Folk Arts, workshops, panel discussions and food fairs. About 1200 artists from North East region and 800 artists from other parts of the country participated in this festival. Two thousand artists came together across 32 venues to reach 2 crore people and presented more than 100 folk music, dance and theatre forms including, Theyyam (kerela), Ghubkudu (Odisha), Sambalpuri Dance (Odisha), Ghoomar (Haryana), Purulia Chhau, Toto (West Bengal), Gaur Lila, Dhol Cholom & Lai Haroaba (Manipur), Sangini, Maruni, Dohori (Sikkim), Therukoothu (Tamil Nadu), Bihu, Langkhan, Misawa, Thiyanam, Gumraag, Deodhani & Bordoisikhla (Assam), Monpa (Arunachal Pradesh), Siddi Dhamal (Gujrat), Sanhal (Bihar), Jonsari (Uttarakhand), Bonalu (Telengana), Raut Nacha (Chattisgarh), Bhawaiya/Goalpariya (Assam), Ao Naga (Nagaland), Birha, Ahirau (Uttar Pradesh), Giddha/Bhangra (Punjab), Lawani (Maharastra), Cheraw & Solakia (Mizoram), Lepcha (Sikkim), Kharsawan Chhau (Jharkhand), Gotipua (Odisha), Bhawai (Gujrat), Sakhi Kundhai (Puppet, Odisha), Tolpava Koothu (Shadow Puppet, Andhra Pradesh), Dang Puppet (West Bengal), Katputli Naach (Rajasthan) and Putla Naach (Assam).