The 5th edition of Shilp Utsav 2011 has been scheduled to be held in Shilpgram from January 15 to 19 with more than 200 folk artistes from across the country sharing performances space with regional performers and best of folk and fusion music. Shilp Utsav is celebrated every year in the Shilpgram premises, Guwahati to mark the foundation day of this premier cultural amphitheatre of the region. Besides folk and fusion dance and music performances, a major highlight of the five day cultural extravaganza would be handloom and handicraft mela.
The mela would see artisans from all over the country setting up stalls to market their indigenous craft items. All zonal cultural centres of the ministry of culture would be participating in this year’s carnival, transforming the city into one of the best platforms for inter-cultural exchange. The folk dance performances for Shilp Utsav 2011 include Orissa’s Sambalpuri dance to be performed by troupe from the EZCC (East Zone Cultural Centre troupe), Uttaranchal’s Cholliya and Haryana’s Ghoomar dance to be performed by cultural troupes from NZCC (North Zone Cultural Centre), Gujarat’s Siddhi Goma dance to be performed by troupes from the WZCC (West Zone Cultural Centre) and Lavanil dance of Karnataka and Kalaripayat dance of Kerela to be performed by the SZCC (South Zone Cultural Centre).