Dance troupe from Bihar sponsored by Northern Central Zonal Cultural Centre has been presenting dance forms like Jhijhia, Jharni, Kamla Puja, to name a few. Says artiste Jitendra Kumar, “At Surajkund Mela, we definitely get a great platform to showcase our talent. Also it offers a great interface between dance forms of the world and coming here has been surely a learning experience for us.”
North Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre’s dance troupe from Tripura has been performing at the Mela. Says artiste Komal Mog, “Our performances at Surajkund Mela make us popular and we are extended a special treatment. We usually perform during winter seasons and our dance keeps us warm and snug.”
Harendra Nath Kumar, who specialises in Purulia Chhau dance form of West Bengal at the Mela, says, “Our dance form is unique and no one can copy us. Our dance keeps us on the move and it feels good to be a part of Surajkund Mela, as we receive recognition for our dance forms. The youngsters here watch our dances from close quarters and appreciate it.”
Goa's dancer Mahendra Faldesai has been performing various dances forms at the Mela like Tarang Mel, Goph & Lamp dance and has performed in Russia, London, Hong Kong and Kuwait. “Back home, we perform our dance during Shigmo festival (Holi). Surajkund Mela has given us an opportunity to meet international dance troupes and also we get inspiration from foreign dance steps.”
You can enjoy musical extravaganza by fusion group 3The People from 6 pm onwards at Natyashala of Surajkund International Crafts Mela on 13th February.