Orange City Craft Mela & Folk Dance Festival
SEZCC, Nagpur, is one of the seven Zonal Cultural Centres, established in India in the year 1986 with its headquarters at Nagpur to preserve, promote and proliferate the cultural heritage and legacy of our Country. It constitutes and caters to the linguistically different states namely Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh. These defining States under its functional purview are rich in traditional practices and participation of folk, tribal, fine arts and crafts. The Centre strives to foster, promote and strengthen these traditions in different and variegated forms. The Centre functions under the control of Ministry of Culture, Government of India.
On this occasion The director of SEZCC addresses guests and media personnel:
H.E. Hon. Governor of Maharashtra State Shri K. Sankaranarayanan and the distinguished dignitaries on the dias. All my dear colleagues and most of all the esteemed people of Nagpur. It is a great honour today to welcome our honourable Governor to the South Central Zone Cultural Centre. In his capacity as Chairman of the Governing Council of the zone he has provided us with great inspiration and guidance for the Centre under his guidance the Centre has not only accomplished the purpose of its existence but has also excelled in nurturing the various art forms which are flourishing in the 5 member States. I most proudly state that this year is the Silver Jubilee year for the establishment of the Centre and hence we have decided to work on each programme with a theme, of course our focus is to reach the grass route level and identify the artists and artisans and alsomasters in all fields of culture.
In the last 25 years has been Since last 24 years the Centre is organizing All India Art Contest annually which can be termed as only art contest conducted at a Zonal Cultural level.
Since 1994 onwards the Centre has been awarded 5 First Awards and 2 Third Awards for the best Zonal Cultural Centre performing at Rajpath at New Delhi with Children Contingent focusing tribal and folk dances of the participating States.
The Orange City Craft Mela also held annually has become a milestone for Nagpurians, a mega-event for which the entire region awaits anxiously.
The Centre has been implementing Guru Shishya Parampara Scheme for promotion of dying and rare art forms that can be passed only from guru to young disciples.
The Centre has been providing platform Young Talented Artists in all disciplines such as Tribal & Folk dance, Theatre, Painting and Craft to through various workshops, competitions & sending them to various national & international event.
The Centre has so far documented 33 dying art forms in print media and audio, visual media.
During the start of the Silver Jubilee year I feel highly honoured to have our Web-site inaugurated at the hands of our Chief Patron His Excellency the Governor of Maharashtra.
Today’s festival “HOLI KE RANG” is being organized in honour of H.E. where all of us are going to witness great oral tradition and rich heritage of Folk Dances from the programme presentation. This cultural heritage is the gift our mother land has given to us to share it together and again to pursuer & pass it to the coming generations.
The South Central Zone Cultural Centre stand committed to nurture, protect, document and promote all art forms with special emphasis on folk and tribal culture of India.
In this jubilee year, me & my team solemnly promise to all you esteemed guests that under the able guidance of H.E. we will take South Central Zone Cultural Centre, Nagpur to new heights & its repute shall …………. .. of our level & go to international arena.
Orange City Craft Mela & Folk Dance Festival:
The Centre has had been organizing this festival cum Craft Mela for last 20 years. This year the festival is being organized from 8th to 21st October, 2011 at the Centre’s premises, Civil lines, Nagpur.
During the first phase from 8th to 14th October, 2011 people from different States witnessed the performance and recitals of Giddha Nritya (Punjab), Bhangra Nritya (Punjab), Jabro Nritya (Ladakh), Bhavai Nritya (Rajasthan), Bohada Nritya (Maharashtra) and Kaksar Nritya (Chhattisgarh) . While for the second phase between 15th and 21st October,2011 artistes are invited to render recitals for Kaa- Kong Tokai (Arunachal Pradesh), Dhal Thungri Nritya (Assam), Baiga Karma (Madhya Pradesh), Tarpa Nritya (Maharashtra), Gotipua Nritya (Orissa), Thayyam Nritya (Kerala), Kachi Ghodi (Rajasthan). These dance recitals are in the evening to commence at 6.30 p.m. and the exhibition for Craft Mela remains open from 1.00 p.m. to 10 p.m. on all days.
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This year the Director of the Centre Ravinder Kumar Singal, has roped in for participation of nearly 120 artisans in the field of wood carving, metal casting, terracotta and loha shilp. These artisans were exclusively engaged in raising and creation of artistic images, articles, structures and sculpture to reflect and demonstrate the traditional environment unraveling the ethnic culture of the participating states for the connoisseur of art, to be premier in Nagpur city.
The environment fostered in an around the campus induced applauding response from all the art lovers and endeared cultural waves, motivating most of the visitors to capture the scenic art and beauty in their lenses. This in turn provides them to carry message to others on the creative displays and attributes of the Centre.
This festival has emerged to be a National platform for the artisans for the sale of their handicraft items and even for the folk/ tribal artists rendering their art forms in presence of large audience, art lovers including the Media fraternity.
South Central Zone Cultural Centre, Nagpur
(Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India)
56/1, Temple Road, Civil Lines,
Nagpur : 440001
Phone : 91-712-2562974 , 2565107
Fax : 91-712-2560966
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