The grandeur of Punjabi folklore, music, dances and allied genres came alive in a special musical bonanza by over 50 artistes organised by the Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi (CSNA) in association with Jas K Shan’s Dance Dacha group at the Tagore Theatre here on Friday.
Singers Sarbans Parteek Singh and Gurwinder Singh gave a serene start to the programme with an invocatory prayer before the folk orchestra comprising musical instruments, many of those on the verge of extinction.
A spate of dances, that followed, tempted the crowd to shake a leg and clap along.
A colourful ‘ludi’ dance which hitherto was the male bastion was presented by a young girls group. The rarely performed ‘dandaas’ dance was also impressive, but the romantic ‘wanga da banzara’ with common but catchy lyrics proved more popular.
Besides the couples dance ‘jindua’, ‘sammi’ dance were well received by the audience. However, bhangra provided grand finale to the colourful event directed by Jasmeet K Shan and Kuljeet Singh Jeeta.
On the occasion, CSNA chairperson GS Channi was felicitated by artistes for his contribution to performing arts and cinema.