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Folk Performances Get New Lease of Life at Vizag Fest

Published: 19th April 2015 06:02 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th April 2015 06:02 AM   |  A+A-

VISAKHAPATNAM: In an attempt to keep the cultural art forms alive, Vizag Fest 2015 has come forward to uphold the rich heritage of the arts. From April 10 to 19, several folk performances by various teams from Andhra and Telangana states, thrilled visitors. As many as 75 teams from six districts of Telangana and 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh presented folk/ tribal dances, folk plays and comedy shows.

The dance form of Srikakulam, ‘Thappetagullu’, proved to be the highlight. The dance troupes were all handpicked and brought together at the Fest. There were also troupes from Guntur and Warangal that performed more than one kind of dance. Teja, a dancer from Guntur, said that this was the first time performing in Vizag and gushed that it had been a great experience to dance for the crowd.

Thousands of people witnessed the colourful cultural extravaganza.

Dr. Tatareddy, a retired associate professor and a regular visitor, said: “I did not see something like this in a long time in the city. I enjoyed and learnt a lot from this event and I will try to let others know what they’re missing out on.”

“We can’t visit all the areas to enjoy folk arts. This has given us a grand opportunity to witness all this on one platform,” said Padmavati, a law professor from Andhra University.

Fest to Conclude Today

Visakhapatnam: The city’s biggest cultural extravaganza, Vizag Fest 2015 concludes Sunday. The mega event, which started on April 10 with over 300 stalls, had sections dedicated to various beats like literature, employment, history, cartoon and animation, science and technology, food and culture. The fest was the first of its kind to have been held in Port City post-bifurcation. The response of Vizagites to the event has been equally impressive, with over 15,000 to 20,000 turning up on weekdays. The turnout even touched a whopping 25,000 to 30,000 on weekends

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