The eighth annual edition of the week-long bonanza of Haryanvi Folklore Theatre Fest, popularly called the “Haryanvi Saang Utsav”, commenced with the staging of a “saang”, Amar Singh Rathaur, at Tagore Theatre here on Sunday.
A composite mix of the Haryanvi dance drama and narratives, the saang, written by Dhanpat Singh, is a saga of valour and mutual brotherhood of a brave general of Moghul Empire, Shahjahan.
The presentation was dominated with narratives by director Sonu from Rohtak, interspersed by singing and dancing by male actors attired in female costumes.
The rustic comedy sequences kept the audience in good humour, which continued till 9.30pm.
Renu Hooda and Shiv Kumar Sharma expressed their gratitude to the audience.
Earlier IAS Vijay Vardhan, additional chief secretary, Haryana, and Sudhir Rajpal, director general of Haryana, cultural affairs department, disclosed that every regional folk culture had its own aura and the folk musical genres of “saang”and “raagini” remained lifelines of the Haryanvi traditional culture.
Eminent “saang”stalwarts like Pandit Lakhmi Chand- hailed as the Shakespeare of HaryanaPandit Mange Ram and others had sculpted “saangs” with didactic sermons weaved in the stories, which had become an integral part of their culture despite the fact that these compositions of “saangs” are by and large without any historical authenticity.
The “saang” festivals draw a huge crowd at Tagore Theatre, which is a testimony of the fact that the rich pristine folklore of Haryana had survived influences of pop, filmy and alien cultures.