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Living Traditions: Festival of Chhattisgarh

Living Traditions: Festival of Chhattisgarh

Folk | Hindi | Age 6+


‘Living Traditions’ is our ongoing series showcasing folk traditions of different regions of India. This year the focus is on Chhattisgarh, a heavily forested state, rich in natural resources, in the Central India. The culture of Chhattisgarh is immersed with varieties of dance forms ensconced in rituals and lyrical song forms dedicated to gods and nature. These presentations are characterised by special costumes, accessories and skilled body movements including mesmerising acrobatic gestures used in some forms. Over the two days, six well-known troupes from various parts of Chhattisgarh will present two forms each of music, dance and folk theatre.

8th March 2019:

Pandvani by Prabha Yadav & Group

It portrays the account of Pandavas – the main characters in the epic battle of Mahabharata. The main performer is supported by other vocalists and instruments like tabla, dholak, banjo, manjira and chatka.

Panthi Dance by Dinesh Jangade & Group

As one of the most important folk dance forms from the Durg region, it is performed during the Satnami community ritual. It is based on a combination of steps and movements accompanied by instruments like mandar and jhanj. 

Lok Natya: Dasmat by Rakesh Tiwari & Group

Presented on International Women’s Day, the main character of this story is princess Dasmat, the spirited daughter of Raja Bhoj. It depicts her moral courage to stand against all odds to uphold the dignity of herself and her husband.

9th March 2019:

Sufi & Folk Bhajan by Madan Chauhan

This presentation is based on a tradition prevalent for long in this region – of performing folk bhajans along with Sufi repertoire recounting teachings of Ghasidas, Kabir, Vallabhacharya and other saint philosophers. 

Sheila Dance by Balam Say & Group

Usually performed after the harvest season, the costume for this stick dance includes a peacock feather stuck to the headgear, and the dancers move in circles to the accompaniment of mandar, bansuri and jhanjh.

Lok Natya: Raja Foklawa by Rakesh Tiwari & Group

This modern-day adaptation of a popular folk-tale depicts major folk-forms like Nacha, Tharthari, Pandvani, Chandaini, Panthi, Karma, Bans and Bihav. It is a story upholding the significance of moral values in human life. The principal character is Foklawa, a young man who becomes a king.

An NCPA Presentation

Supported by Godrej Industries



  • Late entry will not be permitted. 
  • Tickets once booked cannot be exchanged or refunded.
  • Below six years including babies in arms not admitted.
  • This ticket is issued according to the rules and regulations of the event organizer and the management of the ncpa.
  • Entry on this ticket is valid for one (1) person only.
  • Rights of admission are reserved by the ncpa.
  • Cameras, handbags, bottles, cans or tins are not allowed inside the venue.  The use of audio or video equipment is strictly prohibited.
  • No food or beverage is permitted in the auditorium.
  • The ncpa does not take responsibility for the loss or theft of any personal belongings or any injury that the ticket holder may incur at the event.
  • The event is subject to change and also governed by force majeure conditions.
  • The starting time of the event for which the ticket was bought may change without any prior intimation.
  • As per the discretion of the ncpa management, a late entry for classical concerts will only be permitted in breaks between movements or pieces as indicated by ncpa users.
  • The ticket may be bought from an authorized point of sale.
  • The consumption of alcohol and other banned substances is strictly prohibited.
  • All pagers and cell phones must be switched off inside the venue once the performance commences.
  • Smoking is strictly prohibited.
  • In the case of event cancellation, only the ticket price may be refunded. The service charge or any other charges paid for and included in the ticket sale, such as convenience charge or delivery charge will not be refunded.
  • Parking facilities are available at the owner’s own risk.
  • No photography through mobile phone is permitted.
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