The Chhattisgarh Dance Festival, as part of the state’s tourism development plan, was inaugurated by Chief Minister of Jharkhand Hemant Soren and Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh Bhupesh Baghel on October 28 at the Science College grounds in Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh. Earlier, Chhattisgarh Tourism Board released in a statement that the three-day dance festival will start from October 28 and will continue for the next three days. The festival will be held on the same grounds until November 1.
The festival will host artists from various tribal communities from countries such as Uzbekistan, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Syria, Mali, Palestine and the Kingdom of Eswatini. Artists from the tribal areas of Bastar, Dantewada, Koriya, Korba, Bilaspur, Gariabandh, Mainpur, Dhura, Dhamtari, Surguja and Jashpur in Chhattisgarh will represent their culture and traditions through their dance forms.
Speaking of the National Tribal Dance Festival, former Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said in a statement: “Chhattisgarh is home to many indigenous tribes of India who contribute to the vibrant culture of the state of which we are very proud. The National Tribal Dance Festival will promote and celebrate the uniqueness of tribal culture and showcase the richness and diversity of tribal life in Chhattisgarh and other states around the world.
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The first edition of the dance festival was held in 2019, where it was hugely successful with the participation of 25 states of India and 6 countries, and with an attendance of around 1 lakh people. This year, apart from the dance performances, the festival will also serve as a platform to address the economic development initiatives of the tribal communities.
The dance performances will take place in two important categories – “wedding ceremonies” and “other important rituals”. The festival will see performances based on tribal dance forms from Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Manipur, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, among other states.
“Our goal is to preserve tribal heritage by developing initiatives that promote the tangible and intangible parts of tribal culture. The National Tribal Dance Festival is a unique celebration that will not only showcase the various forms of tribal dance, but contribute also to the conservation and promotion of our tribal traditions and values,” Culture Minister Amarjeet Bhagat said.
The Chhattisgarh Tourism Board statement further added that apart from the dance performances, this festival will provide a wholesome experience of Chhattisgarh to its visitors. From local cuisine to tribal-inspired fashion displays and local handicrafts, this dance festival will give people the true experience of being in Chhattisgarh.