AMU conducts a one of its kind Folk & Tribal Fest

Sharjeel Usmani | November 25, 2016

Folk and Tribal arts were the true essence of India and had been India’s pride for years. These arts were born in India and have been cherished here to their fullest form with time. Though, today in the times we live, these arts –the folk and tribal art, are diminishing rapidly. 

In order to promote the Folk and Tribal arts, the Cultural Education Centre (CEC) of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) organized a three-day fest to promote this declining culture of folk and tribal art. The fest which started on November 21 included several competitions, namely –Essay writing, self-composed poetry, cloth painting, face painting, To-Hoo art, cosplay and poetry recitation competitions. Students participated in large numbers. The last day of the fest marked the valedictory session followed by Musical Performances by University Music Club and performance by the University Drama Club.

The Cultural Education Centre (CEC) of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) initiated a first of its kind –Folk and Tribal Fest. Workshops on Folk and Tribal art were also conducted during the fest.

Mr. Nirmul Ratanlal Vaid, the president of Paridhi Art Group was the guest along with Mr Abhishek Singh, Pankaj Mohan Agrawal and Nishi Srivastava. “India is not an under-developed country, but rather, in the context of its history and cultural heritage, a highly developed one in an advanced state of decay”, said Mr Vaid during his speech in the fest and later congratulated AMU for organizing such an event.

The fest, being the brainchild of Afreen Khan, the secretary of University Fine Arts Club was a cumulative effort and hard-work of the student members of Cultural Education Centre of AMU.

“I attended a workshop on Folk and Tribal Arts sometime ago in Delhi. It was excellent and it inspired me a lot. Ever since then I wanted to organize something similar on our campus. I am glad that the administration, specially the coordinator of Cultural Education Centre believed in me and thus we did this”, said Ms. Afreen Khan.


Sharjeel Usmani is a student of Political Science Honours at Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. He is a freelancer at Newslaundry and Youth ki Awaaz.

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