Confluence of Cultures in Shilp Utsav 2011
Mega cultural extravaganza for Shilpgram’s fifth anniversary
Guwahati is all set to witness one of the greatest confluences of cultures that make up the rich and diverse Indian fabric. The 5th edition of Shilp Utsav 2011 has been scheduled has been scheduled in Shilpgram for the next five days. With more than 200 folk artistes from across the country sharing performances space with regional performers and the best of folk and fusion music, besides loads of sumptuous ethnic delicacies to tickle your taste buds, Shilp Utsav 2011 truly promises to be a stellar ride!
Shilp Utsav is celebrated every year in the Shilpgram premises to mark the foundation day of this premier cultural amphitheatre of the region. Besides folk and fusion dance and music performances, a major highlight of this year’s 5-day cultural extravaganza would be the handloom and handicraft mela. The mela will see artisans from all over the country setting up stalls to market their indigenous craft items.
All the Zonal Cultural Centres of the Ministry of Culture will be participating in this year’s carnival, transforming the city into one of the best platforms for inter-cultural exchange. The folk dance performances for Shilp Utsav 2011 includes Orissa’s Sambalpuri dance to be performed by troupe from the EZCC (East Zone Cultural Centre troupe), Uttaranchal’s Cholliya and Haryana’s Ghoomar dance to be performed by cultural troupes from NZCC (North Zone Cultural Centre), Gujarat’s Siddhi Goma dance to be performed by troupes from the WZCC (West Zone Cultural Centre) and Lavanil dance of Karnataka and Kalaripayat dance of Kerela to be performed by the SZCC (South Zone Cultural Centre). The craft stalls will see products being displayed by artisans from the Northeast as well as the different Zonal Cultural Centres of the country. A food court vending delectable ethnic cuisine will also be set up during the ethnic carnival.
Music lovers will also have reason enough to rejoice as the best of world music awaits them in Shilpgram during Shilp Utsav. After all, it’s not every day that one gets to watch performances by acclaimed experimental groups like the Omar Kamut Collective from Arunachal Pradesh, Phuningding or Phu baba – the rocker sadhu from Karbi Anglong, internationally acclaimed experimental rock band Abiogenesis and indigenous folk fusion musicians from Tripura, to name a few. All these musicians sharing space on the same stage is sure to be an experience worth remembering!
Set up under the aegis of NEZCC, under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, Shilpgram was set up to act as a platform for showcasing the rich art and culture of the region and to provide room for cultural exchanges, besides providing marketing facilities for the indigenous craftsmen and artisans of the region. The amphitheatre was dedicated to the people by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Janaury 16, 2006.
Shilpgram was visualised as a village that would serve a common platform for all the member States of the North East Zone Cultural Centre to showcase their art, crafts and folk traditions, and also to provide a permanent meeting space for the craftsmen of the region where they can share, display and embellish their techniques through workshops, classes and seminars.
NEZCC Shilpgram has 45 exhibition-cum-sale counters, 8 pavilion blocks and 4 traditional food stalls, besides artiste dormitories, canteens, multi-purpose open air stage and an auditorium. The exhibition-cum-sale stalls are meant to act as permanent sale and display counters of artefacts created by artisans of the member States. The pavilion blocks, which offer facilities for crafting of products, are leased out to artistes, weavers and craftsmen of respective States.
Shilp Utsav is celebrated as the annual foundation day of Shilpgram. Shilp Utsav 2011 will be the fifth foundation day celebration for Shilpgram.