GUWAHATI, Jan 14 � This Magh Bihu, Guwahatians will witness one of the greatest confluences of culture that make up the rich and diverse Indian society. The 5th edition of the Shilp Utsav 2011 will kick off on January 15 at Shilpgram, North East Zone Cultural Centre, adjacent to Kalakshetra. The five-day programme will see the participation of more than 100 folk artistes from across the country.
According to an official of Shilpgram apart from showcasing the best of folk and fusion music, the festival will also present a variety of choices to the food lovers, particularly those with a penchant for the ethnic delicacies.
Besides, a handloom and handicraft fair will be a major highlight of the event.
It needs to be mentioned here that the 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 folk dance performances at the festival will include Orissa�s Sambalpuri, Uttaranchal�s Cholliya, Haryana�s Ghoomar, Gujarat�s Siddhi Goma, Maharashtra�s Lavani and Kerala�s Kalaripayat.
Acclaimed experimental folk fusion groups like Omak Kamut Collective from Arunachal Pradesh, Phu baba from Karbi Anglong, Abiogenesis from Nagaland are some of the few names that would perform at the festival. Entry is free for everyone.