India and Asia book record holder Jogendra Habby, in charge of Aasra Sanstha, told in a statement issued to the press that the Unmesh and Utkarsh festival will be organized from August 3 to 5 under Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav at Hans Dhvani Auditorium of Ravindra Bhavan, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. Organized by the Central Sahitya Akademi and Sangeet Natak Akademi under the Ministry of Culture, Govt. in collaboration with the Culture Department, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh.
Asia’s biggest literary festival Unmesh and India’s national festival of folk and tribal expressions ‘Utkarsh’ was inaugurated by the chief guest Honorable President Mrs. Draupadi Murmu. On this occasion, Madhya Pradesh Governor Mr. Mangu Bhai Patel, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Kendriya Sahitya Akademi President Mr. Madhav Kaushik, Sangeet Natak Akademi President Dr. Sandhya Purecha, etc. dignitaries were present. More than seven hundred and fifty artists from thirty-six states and union territories participated in ‘Utkarsh’, a festival of folk and tribal expressions.
The folk dances prepared under the direction of Padmashree Vidyanand Saraik and Jogendra Habby of Asra Sanstha were presented by 20 artists of Asra Sanstha in the tribal festival and won a lot of accolades. Eighty-three-year-old Padma Shri Vidyanand Saraik’s dance style left the audience in awe and the young artists were also inspired by the dance performance at this age. In this festival, the artists of Asra Sanstha won the applause of the audience by presenting the ancient Thoda dance, Rihalti Gi, Parat dance, Rasa dance, and about five hundred years old Sinhatu dance related to the Mahabharata period of the Hati tribal community. In the series of tribal dances, the performance of Hati ki Nati by the Hati tribal community was very attractive.
Honorable President Madam in her address highly appreciated the organization of this festival, she said that there are more than seven hundred tribal communities living in India, whose culture it is our duty to preserve. When the tribal society of India will be advanced then only India will emerge as a developed nation in the whole world. Today we are entering the immortal period. Tribal culture will develop further, but till then it is our responsibility to protect and preserve it.
In this tribal festival, hundreds of spectators sitting in the auditorium appreciated the performance of the artists of Asra and showered applause on the performance of the artists. Sangeet Natak Akademi honored Padmashree Vidyanand Saraik, Guru of Aasra Sanstha on the stage and also presented mementos to all the other artists. Apart from Padmashree Vidyanand Saraik and Jogendra Habby, the artists of Asra Sanstha include Gopal Habby, Ram Lal Verma, Dharmapal Chauhan, Chaman, Amichand, Jitendra, Manmohan, Sunil, Sandeep, Hansraj, Mukesh, Krishna, Saroj, Anu, Bimla, Jyoti, Deveshwari. , Defense, etc.