First ever cultural extravaganza ‘Bal Sangam’ held in Tripura

Agartala (India), Mar. 25 (ANI): The vibrant culture and tradition of India came alive in the recently held ‘Bal Sangam’, a cultural fiesta organised by the National School of Drama (NSD) in Tripura.

A five-day-long cultural festival called ‘Bal Sangam’ was held at the Najrul Kalakshetra in Tripura with an aim to preserve and promote the rich culture of the country.

Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar inaugurated the programme.

Nine groups from across the country showcased their performances in the cultural event.

During the festival, artistes from Assam performed their famous Bihu dance and Jeng Bihu.

A Monpa cultural troupe from Arunachal Pradesh also displayed their traditional folk dance.

A group of Mizo artistes mesmerised the audience with sarlamkai and srkthithiang Lam dances during the cultural fiesta.

“To bring alive the lost culture, which is precious for our country, the NSD has been organising such cultural festivals since 1989. Another reason behind organising these is to discourage our children from adapting western cultures and making them realise how colourful our culture is,” said C.D. Tiwari, Assistant Registrar, NSD.

A group of talented artistes from Rajasthan performed a folk song – Sufiana Kalam.

An extraordinary performance of Kashmir’s Dhamaali folk song stole the show.

West Bengal’s famous Patta Nach and Ranpa Raibens left the audience awestruck.

Besides, the artistes from Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Jharkhand and Delhi also took part in the festival.

“I have come to enjoy this wonderful cultural show and I am very happy to be here. India’s ‘Unity in diversity’ is well-justified in the show, and we have got a chance to witness various cultures, and the power and strength of different states. It’s a wonderful programme,” said Joydev Acharya, one of the spectators.

Fakira Khan Bisala, a participant from Rajasthan, said that he was fortunate to attend the event as he got the opportunity to witness the cultures of different states.

“We got to meet many children and got a chance to share each other’s cultures and talents. We visited Tripura for the first time and I must say, people here are so lively, who listened to us and appreciated our show,” he added.

Basir Ahamed Bagda, a participant from Jammu and Kashmir, said such shows encourage the young artistes.

“The NSD has given a platform to talented children and such a cultural show will definitely encourage our artistes. This shows how important our young artistes and culture are in India. We are here to witness the cultural diversity of Tripura. Tripura is a peaceful state. We are impressed by the cleanliness maintained all over and we hope such a festival is organised again,” he said.

Artistes from Manipur also performed ‘Maibi Laiching Jagoi’ and enthralled the audience with their soulful performance.

Later, they also presented Thangta, a traditional martial art form, and Pung-chalom, a classical dance form from the state.

A large number of visitors turned up to witness the event. (ANI)

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