Shimla: The week-long International Kullu Dussehra festival will witness the ‘Trans Himalayan Cultural festival’ as well this year. During the festival over 200 local deities of Kulllu valley congregate once in a year at the time of Kullu Dussehra. The Dussehra festivities will commence from October 11 in Kullu and efforts are afoot to invite cultural troupes from the hill regions of the country, including Leh Ladakh, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur.
This was disclosed in a state level meeting of International Kullu Dussehra presided over by the Chief Minister, Virbhadra Singh here on Monday. Besides, the traditional folk dance ‘Laldi’ would be revived in which local people perform traditional ‘Natti’ throughout the night.A committee would also be re-constituted to organise ‘Grameen Khel Utsav’ (rural sports) comprising of local teams, in which rural games such as kabbadi, volleyball, tug-of-war, will be held.
The Chief Minister said that the Kullu Dussehra is known for its local demigods and ancient age-old traditions that govern the lives of the ethnic communities inhabiting the lower Himalayan belts and is celebrated since times immemorial.“It is a platform to showcase the rich culture of Himachal Pradesh and all local deities should be invited,” he said.
He asked the authorities to adhere to the protocol in respect of the local devtas who accompany the chariot of Lord Raghunath and directed to maintain cleanliness during the festival and to adhere to protocol in respect of the local ‘devtas’, who accompany the chariot of Lord Raghunath.
Singh said that the state folk troupes should be given Kala Kendra to perform in the afternoon where cultural competitions between them should be held to select the best. He said additional security would be provided for ‘Laldi’ folk dance during the night.
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