The folk art performers of the nation will soon get a golden platform to showcase their talents to international viewers.
The Kerala Folklore Akademi (KFA) by joining hands with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and South Zone Cultural Centre, Thanjavur, will organise a five-day international folklore festival in Kochi. Nearly 500 folk art performers from all over the globe are expected to play a role in the festival.
The organisers are looking forward to conducting the festival at three venues here by next month.
“We have not finalised the date. As of now, we are planning to organise the festival from February 22 to 27. We are waiting for the confirmation from the group of artists from abroad,” said KFA Chairman B Muhammed Ahammed.
The Folklore Festival will see 260 folklore artists from other states and 200 artists from Kerala performing various traditional folk arts of the country. Meanwhile, international artists from Australia and neighbouring countries, including Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Nepal, will also take part.
“The Durbar Hall Ground is likely to be the major venue while the other two probable venues will be at Paravur and Tripunithura. This is the first edition of the Festival and first of its kind in the state. “We are planning to organise the festival every year, as an annual event which will introduce our folk arts to the international arena. The Festival will also be an encouraging venue to folklore performers to showcase their talents and exchange their ideas,” said KFA secretary M Pradeep Kumar.
The performers from Kerala will present the folk arts, including ‘kalarippayattu’, ‘mudiyettu’, ‘padayani’ and ‘theyyam’.
“Besides, the Folklore Akademy, recently in its study and analysis have identified various other folklore art forms which are a part of our rich cultural heritage. ‘Brahmini pattu’, ‘Chaatt Pattu’, ‘Chakra Pattu’, ‘Kadal vanchi Pattu’ and the tribal songs are the recent additions to the folklore art. There are different types of tribal and traditional songs. The tribal songs of each ‘Ooru’ (a tribal colony) are different,” he said.
According to Pradeep Kumar, as per their assessment, there are nearly 1,000 folk art forms existing in Kerala, which have been passed on from generation to generation. “We will offer the opportunity to the maximum number of performers from the state.
Though we submitted a project proposal at an estimated amount of `3 crore, it was not approved. Now we are organising it on a budget of `35 lakh. We hope that the magnitude of the festival will gradually increase in the coming years,” he said.