Janapada Jathre 2007: A Festival of folk dance

Dancing in Heaven

Saturday evening and a free concert at a hillock; what a combo it was for connoisseurs of folk music and dance! This was the atmosphere I was treated to when I arrived at Lal Bagh.

This year’s Janapada Jathre, the festival of folk music and dance was held at the base of the Lal Bagh rock on February 10th. The theme for this year revolved around the contribution of women to Performing folk arts. Hence this year’s event was called as "Mahila Janapada Jathre" and it was no surprise that most of the participants were women.

It was delightful to see such a big turn out of city dwelling audience to a folk festival. A large number of foreign tourists too were present and were seen swaying to the sounds of this land.

The festival kicked off by a performance by artists from Coorg. They performed a dance which they traditionally do as a ritual in worshipping river Cauvery. This was followed by numerous performances ranging from Kolaata to acrobatic performances by a group of Eunuch artists from North Karnataka. The ever popular "Moodal Kunigal kere" was performed by group of school children. It was nice to see the involvement of the audience. Their constant cheering, singing in chorus, and synchronous clapping to the beats of the music gave encouragement to these artists who usually do not get this exposure.

Below are some moments from the evening which have been captured in images by me. Click on each image to view it in larger size.

BackstageAudience from all over the world
Coorgi dance worshipping river CauveryCoorgi singers
Athiti DevobhavaA motion less dance
Caught in a momentThe Rhythm
Dancers from TipturSynchronization
A folkloreKolaata
Eunuch's danceOn the rocks
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Nishant is a Bangalore, India based Wedding, Portrait & Editorial Photographer. He is available for assignments across India. He also conducts photography workshops and offers personal photography mentorship.

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Vidya
Vidya
15 years ago

Good Stuff, Nishant.. Looks like fun. and the first pic is really nice…

PritS
PritS
15 years ago

Nice stuff man. Alas we are coming to know about it after it is over.
Next time, if you can, please inform before such treat so that ppl like me might get a chance to enjoy.

Anandham
Anandham
15 years ago

Good post & photos. Our folk culture so vast & energetic it should be exhibited very frequently. Otherwise it would be another tradition lost. Nice that u put it to the outside world here.

rash_mi
rash_mi
15 years ago

Hi Nishant, nice pics there.

Prits, the Janapada Jathre happens at Lalbagh every month on the 2nd and 4th saturday.

Navin
Navin
15 years ago

Good pics man…

jyotsna
jyotsna
15 years ago

really nice pictures…good going

eyememyself
eyememyself
15 years ago

awesome stuff!!! really colourful !!

Ranjit
Ranjit
15 years ago

Yes it a treat to bangaloreans, iam a permanent Audience for this event from past 4 months & its been a wonderful experience for me, as i was been introduced to number of forms of folk dances which i was not aware of, definitely everybody has to experience the richness of our Folk Culture.

sanju
sanju
15 years ago

Nix, Amazing set of pics.. bro.

winged dreams!
winged dreams!
15 years ago

hey its a wonerful …effort…as mentioned by few people before ,the first picture is amazing .Kudos!!!

Nishant Ratnakar
Nishant Ratnakar
15 years ago

Thanks everyone for your feedbacks. I got to be more regular from now on in replying to comments.

Anonymous
Anonymous
15 years ago

hi
i need more info abt Janapada Jathre is it still on in march and april ????

Anandham
Anandham
13 years ago

Good post & photos. Our folk culture so vast & energetic it should be exhibited very frequently. Otherwise it would be another tradition lost. Nice that u put it to the outside world here.

Vidya
Vidya
15 years ago

Good Stuff, Nishant.. Looks like fun. and the first pic is really nice…

PritS
PritS
15 years ago

Nice stuff man. Alas we are coming to know about it after it is over.Next time, if you can, please inform before such treat so that ppl like me might get a chance to enjoy.

rash_mi
rash_mi
15 years ago

Hi Nishant, nice pics there. Prits, the Janapada Jathre happens at Lalbagh every month on the 2nd and 4th saturday.

Navin
Navin
15 years ago

Good pics man…

jyotsna
jyotsna
15 years ago

really nice pictures…good going

eyememyself
eyememyself
15 years ago

awesome stuff!!! really colourful !!

Ranjit
Ranjit
15 years ago

Yes it a treat to bangaloreans, iam a permanent Audience for this event from past 4 months & its been a wonderful experience for me, as i was been introduced to number of forms of folk dances which i was not aware of, definitely everybody has to experience the richness of our Folk Culture.

sanju
sanju
15 years ago

Nix, Amazing set of pics.. bro.

winged dreams!
winged dreams!
15 years ago

hey its a wonerful …effort…as mentioned by few people before ,the first picture is amazing .Kudos!!!

Nishant Ratnakar
Nishant Ratnakar
15 years ago

Thanks everyone for your feedbacks. I got to be more regular from now on in replying to comments.

Anonymous
Anonymous
15 years ago

hi i need more info abt Janapada Jathre is it still on in march and april ????

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