RNS: A three-day Amrit Youth Festival 2023-24, scheduled at Bokaro from 28 June. The festival is being organized by Chau Kendra, Chandankiyari— a unit of Sangeet Natya Kala Academy in association with Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), Bokaro Steel Plant, Jharkhand.
Arun Pathak, the event’s media coordinator, revealed that the Youth Festival will be launched on 28 June at the Arts Centre in Sector-2, Bokaro.
Dr. Sandhya Purecha, Natya Kala Academy Chairperson, Professor Sukhadev Bhoi, Vice-Chancellor of Binod Bihari Mahto Koylanchal University, Dhanbad, and Rajan Prasad, Administrative Director (P&A) of SAIL, Bokaro Steel Plant, will be present during the inaugural eve of the festival besides several artists and experts including Abhiram Bhadkamkar, Ashish Kumar Mishra, Umakant Gundecha, Sanjay Kumar Chaudhary, and Nandalal Nayak, informed Pathak.
Every evening at 6 p.m. from June 28 to 30, 2023, performers will give their performances. The Arts Centre will host the programme, highlighting the rich range of Indian performing arts through the performances of developing young talents from across the country.
A theatre workshop named “Kala Srujan” will be held daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bokaro School of Music and Arts during the three-day event. On 28 June 2023, at 11 a.m., an art review workshop will be place at the Bokaro Women’s College, with eminent specialists, art critics, and scholars in attendance. On June 30, 2023, at 6 p.m., the Amrit Youth Festival will finish with a solemn closing ceremony.
Former Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha Kariya Munda will be the chief guest at the concluding ceremony. The concluding ceremony will take place at the Bokaro Arts Centre, Sector-2.
The Natya Kala Academy has conceptualised a festival series to celebrate the 75th year of India’s independence, showcasing the continuous evolution of India’s diverse cultural heritage through various forms and expressions of performing arts under the banner of the Amrit Mahotsav of Independence.
As part of this series, a three-day festival of music, dance, theatre, folk and tribal performing arts, and puppetry art will feature performances by young artists from many art forms. There will also be an art review workshop where famous artists, researchers, and professionals in many performing arts will share their expertise and experiences with the public.
The Natya Kala Academy, also known as the National Academy of Music, Dance, and Drama, is an autonomous organisation under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. The Academy has worked as a renowned institution in the field of performing arts since its inception, preserving and promoting India’s immense intangible cultural legacy via diverse kinds and genres of performance arts. The youth are the country’s energy and the nation’s future. Natya Kala Academy is organising the “Amrit Youth Festival” to reignite youth interest in the performing arts. The country is now entering its Amrit Kal, a 25-year developmental phase in which its future will be constructed on the foundation of its beautiful history.
It can be viewed as an opportunity to broaden and integrate performing arts broadcasting by partnering with organisations, institutions, cultural forums, and establishments, integrating critics, young audiences, artists, and scholars.