Every region in the country has its own folk beauty, which is depicted through their food, dance and cultural activities; similarly Haryana also has a very beautiful folk culture that was recently depicted at the Saang Festival at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh, Sector 18. This eight-day long festival had a number of activities for the audience with performances from different cultures and segments of the society.
The folk culture of Haryana has been evolving manifold since long time and has been depicting its different beautiful colours in various forms. Dance performance was a delight for the Haryanvi audience at the Saang Festival, as it was a beautiful compilation of steps and music. Contributing further, Raagnis were also performed at the stage of the Saang festival along with the humorous performances of the Haryanavis, which are a delight to attend. People of Chandigarh are treated with Raagnis and HaryanaviSaang twice every year, as the Department of Culture Affairs, Haryana organize such festivals on regular basis, so that people can stay in touch with the roots of Haryana.
The Haryanavi Saang Utsav was not only attended by the natives of Haryana but a number of locals of Punjab from Chandigarh and other nearby areas joined in the fun. A very well staged play was performed at the festival at Tagore Theatre, titled, ‘Roop Kala Jadookhori’. Giving out a well-said social message and a moral meaning to the evening, the play was appreciated by audience for its script as well as performance of the participants. The play was the mastermind of Ram Kishan and Ram Sharan, where the former is the writer of the play and the latter is the director. It very well depicted the issue of child-marriage and black magic, two issues, which are widely spreading in the state of Haryana.
The whole stage and the ambience of the theatre was such beautifully decorated that one could feel the beauty of Haryana in the same. The cultural officer of Haryana, Shiv Kumar, welcomed the audience and the chief guest of the evening was the MLA of Ambala, AssemGoyal. The next day the saang was depicted on Ban Devi.
Such multi-cultural events should more often happen in all parts of the country, where cultures of different states are depicted, so that people from all parts of India, can feel connected to every part of their motherland.