Published On : Thu, Feb 8th, 2024

30th Orange City Craft & Folk Dance Festival at SCZCC in Nagpur from Feb 9

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Nagpur: The South Central Zone Cultural Centre (SCZCC), Nagpur, under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, is organising its 30th Orange City Craft and Folk Dance Festival from February 9 to 18 at SCZCC Nagpur premises, Civil Lines.

The festival will be open for public from 2 pm to 9.30 pm. Vijaylakshmi Bidari, Divisional Commissioner; Dr Vipin Itankar, District Collector; and Dr Ravinder Singal, Commissioner of Police, will inaugurate the festival at 6 pm, informed Deepak Kulkarni, Assistant Director, during a press conference held on Wednesday at SCZCC Nagpur premises. Ganpatlal Prajapati, Administration Assistant; Rajesh Khadse, Programme Assistant; and Deepak Patil were also present.

Hundreds of national award winning handicrafts men and folk artists from various states of the country will be a part of this mega event. Each day, the spectacular presentation of folk dances will start at 6.30 pm.

From February 9 to 12, the folk and tribal dances such as Sirmori Natti (Himachal Pradesh), Samai (Goa), Jijiya (Bihar), Tiger dance (Tamil Nadu), Snow Lion/Yak Dance (Sikkim), Rai (Bundelkhand), Ramnami Bhajan Group (Chhattisgarh) and Pandavani singing (Chhattisgarh) will be presented.

On February 13, handicapped students of SVK Shikshan Sanstha will present a fashion show followed by a performance by students of Fine Arts Department of RTM Nagpur University. The highlight of the day will be a dance performance by Mudra Transgender Group of Mission Vishwa Mamatva Foundation.

From February 14 to 18, folk dances including Sammi (Punjab), Rathwa (Gujarat), Rabha (Assam), Naga (Nagaland), Dhediya (Uttar Pradesh), Peacock Dance (Tamil Nadu) and Palkhi/Jakhdi (Maharashtra) will be presented. Bahuroopi artist Rajesh Aundhkar and Group adorned in various costumes will also entertain the audience throughout the crafts festival.

Entry fee is Rs 30 per person, and paid parking facility is available at Deshpande Hall and MLA Hostel premises.