Mushtifund Saunstha from Goa mesmerised the audience 


  • Splendid performance of 65-minute Dashavtar Darshan (Kalo)



New Delhi, November 4th, 2017: An enthusiastic audience comprising of children, parents and underprivileged kids from NGOs were in for some great treat as traditional art groups and special folk theatre artists weaved their magic with enchanting performances on the second day of the prestigious Bal Sangam. 

Making a mark with today's marquee performance was Dashavtar Darshan (Kalo), a special theatre performance presentation from Mushtifund Saunstha from Goa. Mushtifund Saunstha focuses on inculcating values in children so that they develop the love for the Indian culture, traditions and customs. The performance - Dashavtar Darshan is focussed on ancient Indian thinking, entertainment and a means of social reform, the ritualistic folk form Kalo is successfully performed all over Goa. 

In this children`s performance Raatkalo (Shankasur Kalo), which is famous for its rich musical tradition and unique rhythm-pattern, has been used. This performance made an attempt to present all the Ten avatars of Lord Vishnu, so that the younger generation is exposed to Indian mythology and the ancient tradition.

Among the other traditional groups that graced the NSD campus with their performance included: 

Nataraj Sanskritik Silpi Samaj from Assam:  Nataraj sanskritik Silpi Samaj trains student in Bhortal dance, Thionam, Dihanam, Ghosanam, Ongkya Vaona, Ojhapali, Deodhani, Siyageet Naw Khel, Mohoho Geet, Biya Nam and other traditional dances of the region.

Performance: Bhortal Nritya propogates the Sankari culture of Assam and is performed on a very fast beat. The dance movements are designed to form colourful patterns. The dance is said to have been derived from the classical dances of the state. 

Aradhana Dance Academy (Bhubaneswar, Odisha): Aradhana Dance Academy, one of the premier cultural institutions of Odisha, runs under the guidance of Guru Chitrasen Swain, a renowned educator, performer and choreographer of Gotipua and Odissi dance forms.

Performance: Gotipua, a majestic folk dance of Odisha. For centuries, the Gotipua dance has been performed in Odisha by young boys who dress up as women to praise Lord Jagannath and Lord Krishna. A group of boys perform acrobatics inspired by the life of Radha and Krishna.

Hindustan Kalari Sangam (Kozhikode, Kerala): Hindustan Kalari Sangam, a traditional Kalaripayattu training centre started by Guru Veera-Sree Sami Gurukkal of Kozhikode for creating contexts for Oriental Martial Art expressions in India. Institution conducts training programs, seminars and workshops on kalarippayattu for theatre artists, dancers and yoga practitioners.

Performance: Meippayattu, a body control exercise designed in a special sequence. It is a combination of Vativu and Chuvatu with body movements, holds, kicks, jumps and cuts. 

Artistes from all across India and Bangladesh have travelled to the capital for this five-day carnival, which today saw a number of activities making it a festival of sorts with Dhol Players, Jugaad Band Performers, Acrobats, Behrupiyas, the Clowns, Longman, different workshops like Origami, Puppet and Mask making and Quilling and Pottery among others. 

The Bal Sangam festival is an ensemble of various performing traditional art forms presented by children, with the objective of encouraging children to continue traditional performances so as to preserve our cultural heritage in this rapidly changing world. Spread over five days, the festival will showcase rarest folk theatre performances by children across India and Bangladesh between 3rd to 7th November 2017 at the NSD campus.