Curtains came down on the cultural festival organised as part of the silver jubilee celebrations of South Zone Culture Centre of Thanjavur at Kalamandira yesterday, with about 30 art troupes from various States presenting their traditional folk, tribal and classical art forms.

The fest, in which about 460 artistes presented music and dances, was organised under the joint aegis of District Administration and Kannada & Culture Department.

The audience were impressed with the tribal dance of West Bengal and Odisha called as Purulia Chhau; the dancers’ steps, whispers of forest-dwellers, shouting and their herioc acts glued them to their seats. The audience showed their appreciation with applause and whistles. The tribals dance after a successful hunting, and break coconuts on their heads.

Artistes from Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Assam, Manipur, Tripura and Odisha took part in the festival.

The South Zone Cultural Centre, established with a view to encourage cultural activities in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Lakshadweep, Andaman and Nicobar has completed 25 years of its service in promoting art.

The Centre’s Thanjavur Director Dr. E.N. Sajith, Additional Commissioner (Administration & Development) of Regional Commissioner’s office K.N. Chandregowda and others were present on the concluding day.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore