PRIYAGRAJ: Prayagraj’s traditional ‘Dhediya’ folk dance captured national attention on Thursday when Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted a picture of the city’s artists performing the traditional dance form during Republic Day celebrations on Rajpath in New Delhi.
Taking his official handle, the Prime Minister shared a collage of four photos under the caption ‘Grabs in India’s vibrant culture’, in which local artists performing ‘Dhediya’ were also featured.
Two state dance troupes were selected for Vande Bharatam Nritya Utsav to perform in the Republic Day parade, where one of them, led by Supriya Singh Rawat, gave a 12-minute performance.
A delighted Supriya told TOI from Delhi, “It was a proud moment for the 11 performers in the troupe, when the Prime Minister shared the photo of Sangam town’s traditional folk dance from his Twitter account.”
“It’s like a dream come true. Our hard work paid off,” she added.
The dance group left for Delhi on January 8 and were trained by renowned choreographers for the Republic Day celebrations.
The Ministry of Culture had launched ‘Vande Bharatam Nritya Utsav’, a pan-Indian dance competition, as part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav to select the best talents to perform in the cultural program of the R-Day parade.
Supriya said a total of 36 teams of dancers were selected through a nationwide competition. “It was Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s wish to have such a contest to showcase the unity and integrity of the country.”
The city dance group, selected in the folk dance category, also included Anushree Dubey, Madhurima Shree, Kritika Agarwal, Vartika Dubey, Saumya Chandra, Shehi, Prakriti Maurya and Kanishka Jaiswal.
With her performance, Supriya said that the traditional folk dance of Prayagraj was recognized across the country.