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 HERITAGE FEST AT ITS BEST                         Photofeature
Lambada dance at Heritage festThe Lalitha Kala Thoranam wore a festive look for eight days as the hundreds of visitors thronged the venue to have a look at the cultural programmes and traditional art and crafts stalls set up as part of the Andhra Pradesh Culture and Heritage Festival. The heritage festival, which was concluded recently enthralled one and all in the twin cities. "The event showcased the rich heritage of Andhra Pradesh to the urbanites," said Chandana Khan, Secretary, Youth Advancement and Tourism, Government of AP.

Special lion dance performanceThe festival was inaugurated by Union Minister Mr. Bandaru Dattatreya and on the inaugural day, the festival had Tapettagullu and Buttabommalu and the exclusive lion dance. On its second day, a Kuchipudi recital by Prasanna Anand team and Puliveshalu from Krishna District received great applause from the crowd. Many traditional programmes like Garagala dance, Perani dance, Bonala, Kolaatam, Lambadi dance and Burra Katha were organised through out the festival.

Stalls that attracted crowdBesides the cultural programmes, one attractive feature of the festival was the 'Santha' (Exhibition of various goods that reflects the tradition and culture of the State). There were many stalls this time and offered plenty of options to the visitors to take home the crafts which were aesthetically made. The articles available were artistic metalware, bidri, wood and stone carvings, terracota pottery, embroidery, traditional brass vessels, Zari Sarees, wooden toys, leather goods, agate jewellery, carpets, miniature paintings, bamboo carvings. Other crafts on display were the Kalamkari bedsheets. Kondapally and Ettukoppa toys and wood works from Chitoor.

"Displaying the works at heritage festivals always give us pleasure and we love to do it," said national award winner Mr. Vaikuntam Nakkashi from Cherial of Warangal district. He specialises in a traditional craft of scroll painting and saw dust masks, an art which was popularised by his ancestors. He says, "nowadays it is difficult to sustain the traditional craft due to lack of materials such as water colours as people are now switching over to oils." The price of the paintings in his stall ranged between Rs. 100 and Rs. 2,500. Vaikuntam's entire family is involved in the field of crafts and paintings. The masks showing folk heroes such as Pota Raju, the Yadava rajas and village goddesses done by them are sold in the local markets as well as in the emporiums run by the Government of Andhra Pradesh.

-Krishna Chaitanya Karanam
Photographs by: Srinivas Setty
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