Incredible India

Celebrating Art and My Cultural Roots

Vidya Sury Celebrating

I had the most glorious weekend – it was a long weekend that started on Friday, in anticipation and ended on Sunday, in happiness.

But let me begin at the beginning – because isn’t that a good place to start?

Last week, we were reading the newspaper as usual when a small news item caught our eye. “The Times of Indian International Folk Festival Bangalore 2014”

Vidya Sury Celebrating art

Intrigued, we read on for more info and were directed to their website. We registered for the event.

Vidya Sury Celebrating art

And looked forward to Friday.

Vidur was very excited – he’s keenly interested in folk art and culture.

We had no idea what to expect aside from the info on the website but we definitely had great expectations and the three-day event far exceeded them.

Celebrating Art

On  Friday August 8, we arrived at the venue  – Jayamahal Palace lawns (yes, that’s a real palace converted into an hotel now) around 5 pm, after a relaxed lunch at home.

And what a sight met our eyes – in fact, it took over our senses from the word go. These “Dollu Kunitha” dancers were so energetic and cheerful that I couldn’t help shaking a leg with them!

Vidya Sury Celebrating art

We were eager to see what the three days had in store. We knew that a bevy of Top folk artistes were lined up – from West Bengal, Kerala, Kutch, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Assam, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Norway to showcase their talents.

After the Dollu dancers, it was Rajasthan’s colorful artists dancing to the beat. See the guys on stilts at the back? They were walking all over the lawn!

Vidya Sury Celebrating art

The warm and exciting welcome was followed by the inauguration of the event.  The stage was set.

Vidya Sury Celebrating art

We were treated to a fantastic musical performance by renowned vocal artist Sangeeta Katti who enthralled us with her variety of songs and left us wanting more.ext, was the Ottan Thullal – a mesmerizing folk form from Kerala.

Vidya Sury Celebrating art

This was followed by the graceful Selamat Datang: Welcome from Indonesia’: Indonesian folk dance.

Vidya Sury Celebrating art

We returned home on Day 1, our hearts full and proud to have been part of such a wonderful experience.

On August 9 and 10, we were immersed in exquisite music and dance performances. I’ll tell you about those soon!

The Folk Festival also had a lovely display of folk arts and crafts from various parts of India with live performers, artisans demonstrating their skills with live pottery making and other open air performances.

India speaks to us through her varied art forms — be it classical or folk. Folk traditions and performances are the life-spirit of India and its ethos, and in their sometimes unsophisticated richness, convey to us the loftiest of philosophies. In the rush of our urban lives, we seem to be losing contact with these roots

The Folk Festival gave us the opportunity to connect with our cultural roots. What a wonderful way of celebrating art!

I learned so much. It is one thing to read about these things and see  photos. It is something else to see these great artists performing at arm’s length from us.

Over the next few days, I’ll share photos from the event with a brief background of the folk art, music or dance form.

Here is my favorite photo from Day 1: He is dressed in traditional Yakshagana costume.

Vidya Sury Celebrating art

Yes, we were allowed to touch!

A close up for you…they were so serene and were mingling with the crowds.

Vidya Sury Celebrating art

Do stay tuned for more about this experience. Incredible India, indeed!

Linking up with Unknown Mami for Sundays In My City.

Let’s travel the world together!

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11 Comments

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    Birgit
    August 12, 2014 at 12:48 am

    Oh how beautiful! I love folk art, music, dance and costumes. The last one is so beautiful and detailed as are the others (love the ones riding the horses. We have folk arts festival here but it is not what it used to be and that is a shame. One can learn so much from folk arts. It is ones’ culture and history. My best friend and I love it and glad you will be sharing more
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    nibha
    August 12, 2014 at 1:26 am

    WOW!! That seems to be an enriching experience! I too love to visit these kind of places, I wish I were in Banglore to attenf this!
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    Maggie
    August 12, 2014 at 2:38 am

    Vidya – I LOVE the colors, everything is so brilliant it is a joy to behold. That electric blue with the Rajasthan especially pops. Looks like a fantastic event.
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    Laurel Regan
    August 12, 2014 at 7:27 am

    What an amazing event, Vidya! I am envious – I would have loved to attend something like that. And your photos are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your experience – looking forward to more!
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    nabanita
    August 12, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Wow…this must have been such an enriching experience Vidya…I’m so lazy to get out of the house else I really enjoy such events…
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    BLOGitse
    August 12, 2014 at 11:14 am

    wow, I love Indian strong, clean colors, hard work demanding costumes…our ‘flat’, Scandinavian colors/styles seem so boring 🙂 (practical yes!)
    Have a good week!
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    Ed Herzog
    August 12, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Oh, I love these sort of festivals! Sadly I live in a city that has lots of festivals but nothing that’s really about the traditional culture.
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    nan @ lbddiaries
    August 12, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    Those outfits are AMAZING! So much work going into them. I would have loved to have been able to go to this festival. We did stilts when I was a kid – such fun! Great post.
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    simple girl
    August 13, 2014 at 10:26 am

    wow!!!.. just wow!!!.. I am waiting for the subsequent posts…
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    Proactive Indian
    August 16, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Wow! Folk artists from so many parts of India and other countries as well! I’m glad you all had such a thrilling and enriching experience!!
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    Claudya
    August 17, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Absolutely amazing. I also love the enthusiasm you and your family have for learning, it’s truly contagious.

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