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Badal Academy will play an important role in preserving and promoting tribal culture of Bastar: Baghel

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Chief Minister Baghel inaugurated Bastar Academy of Dance, Art and Language (Badal)

Folk dance, local dialects, literature and craftsmanship of Bastar to be preserved and promoted at national and international-level

The academy has been established at the cost of about Rs 5.71 crore

Officers-employees to be provided training in local dialect and language of Bastar

Raipur, October 18

Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Sunday inaugurated the newly-built campus of Bastar Academy of Dance, Art and Language (Badal) at Asna village near Jagdalpur, the headquarters of Bastar division.

On the occasion, Chief Minister Baghel said that Bastar Academy of Dance, Art and Language (Badal) will play an important role in the preservation and promotion of folk dance, local dialects, literature and craftsmanship of Bastar. This academy has been established at the cost of Rs.5 crore 71 lakh. Through this academy, knowledge about various tribal cultures of Bastar would be passed on from one generation to another and be glorified at national and international-level. At this academy, field staff and officials would be provided training in local dialect for smooth execution of government works. Chief Minister said that the echo of the glorious culture of Bastar would be heard not only in India but across the country and abroad. Bastar’s culture will get a new identity through Badal Academy.

campus of Bastar Academy of Dance, Art and Language (Badal) at Asna village near Jagdalpur, the headquarters of Bastar division.

A motel built on 2 acres of land in the Asna village of the Tourism Department was selected for establishing the Badal Academy. Nearly five acres of land was prepared for this project by including the land of revenue department and other land plots. As soon as the land was prepared, construction of Bastar Academy for Dance, Art and Language (Badal) was started. This Academy mainly includes individual divisions for folk songs and folk dance, folk literature, language and Bastar art and craft. Under the Folk Songs and Folk Dance Division, the youngsters will be provided training in all the folk songs of Bastar, compilation of folk dance songs, sound recording, filming and performance. This includes the training in singing-dancing, Dandari dance, Dhurva dance, Parab dance, Lenjageet, Jagar Geet, etc. are prominent. Under the Public Literature Division, the work of compiling, writing and conveying the religious customs, social fabric, festivals, poems, idioms etc. of all the tribal communities of Bastar will be ensured. Under the language division, people will be trained in these dialects by preparing a speaking course for the famous dialects of Bastar, Halbi, Gondi, Dhurvi and Bhatri. Similarly, under Bastar Arts and Crafts Division- the art of performing and producing woodwork, metal art, bamboo art, jute art, tumba art etc. of Bastar will be taught.

The three buildings built in the campus of Badal Academy have been named after the brave martyrs of the state. This includes the administrative building named after Shaheed Jhada Sirha, the residential complex named after Shaheed Gendsingh of Halba tribe and the library and study building named after Shaheed Veer Gundadhur of Dhurwa community. At the inaugural programme of Badal Academy, a play based on the life of these personalities was staged by the local artists.

MoU signed between Badal and Indira Kala Sangeet Vishwavidyalaya, Khairagarh

On this occasion, an MoU was signed between Badal Academy and Indira Kala Sangeet Vishwavidyalaya, Khairagarh today. Under this MoU, both the institutions have agreed to work together for preservation and promotion of folk dance and folk music. The university will conduct the disciplines related to its courses by giving recognition to Badal Academy.

MoU signed between Think-B and four other institutions

In the programme held today, MoUs were signed with Think-B and IIM Raipur, IIIT Raipur, Hidayatullah National Law University and Tata Institute of Social Sciences, in the presence of Chief Minister. This MoU was signed to promote and incubate the startups of the youth in Bastar, desirous of entrepreneurship and self-employment.
Badal academy campus has been equipped with Library, Recording Room, Open Theatre, Dance Gallery, Changing Room, Garden and Residential House, Pathway, Exhibition Hall, Cafeteria. On this occasion, Industries Minister and Minister in charge of Bastar district Mr. Kawasi Lakhma, Bastar MP Mr. Deepak Baij, Rajya Sabha MP Mrs. Phulodevi Netam, Parliamentary Secretary Mr. Rekhchand Jain, MLA Kondagaon Mr. Mohan Markam, MLA Mr. Rajman Benzam, Mrs. Devati Karma, MLA and Chairman of Chhattisgarh State Handicraft Development Board Mr. Chandan Kashyap, MLA Mr. Vikram Mandavi, Mayor of Municipal Corporation Jagdalpur Mrs. Safira Sahu, President Mrs. Kavita Sahu and many public representatives, including the representatives of Bhatra, Halba, Dhurwa, Muria, Koya and Munda tribal communities were present. On this occasion, Chief Minister sanctioned Rs 18 lakh 50 thousand to Bhatra, Halba, Dhurwa, Muria, Koya and Munda communities for the purchase of costumes and musical instruments through the Tribal Development Department.

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