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Manipuri group declared best in first National Children Folk Dance Festival
A Manipuri group was adjudged the best dance team in a two day long National Children Folk Dance Festival 'Thumak-Thumak' 2013, which was held on 28 and 29 December in Patna. The event was organised by Kilkari Bihar Bal Bhawan, Patna.About 350 children of 14 groups from 11 Indian states and union territories participated and showcased their talents in the first national children folk dance festival.

The main stage and the campus was decorated with red, yellow, green, orange and black coloured designer earthen pots with lamps, making it a colourful affair. The children were wearing rainbow colored dance costumes of different states.

State education minister, P.K.Shahi inaugurated the festival by hoisting the green flag. Kilkari director Jyoti Parihar welcomed the guests of different states. The education minister appreciated the achievements of this organization and assured support as well.

A colorful and musical procession of child folk dancers of different Indian states were also organized in Patna from the ‘Kilkari’ Saidpur, Patna to Kargil Chauk, Dak Bunglow Chauraha and returned back. Children from 14 Bal Bhawans from Gujarat, Maharashtra,

Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh,Odisha, Jharkhand , Bihar, Manipur and union territory - Daman and Diu also showcased their dance talents and culture.

“The aim of this children folk dance festival ‘Thumak-Thumak’2013 was to make our children familiar with folk musical dances of other states. This programme was for the first time organised in Patna in the place of ‘Kilkari’ Bal Olympiad. Now every year, we will organise this festival to encourage child folk dancers of different states,” said Jyoti Parihar to this citizen journalist during the programme.

“This is a very nice programme. Children of ‘Kilkari’ are lovely and talented. Patna is a very beautiful city and the people are also gentle,” said K.S.Geetha, Secretary, Rangparbha Children’s Theatre, Thiruvanthpuram (Kerala) to this citizen journalist in Patna.

The musical cultural programme was inaugurated with the lighting of lamp by Justice Samrendra Pratap Singh, Patna High Court. A number of prominent people graced the event as well. Child members of the dance team were honored with beautiful scarf decorated with Mithila Painting, painted by the ‘Kilkari’children.

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