Jaipur, 22 November (IANS). Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot inaugurated the Padhar Mhare Des Digital Kovid Relief Concert Series on Sunday. This concert series Rajasthan singer Manisha A. Agarwal’s organization is an initiative of Arpan Foundation, which supports folk artists of the state of Rajasthan.
The artists participating in the concert series include Mahesha Ram and group-Meghwal of Jaisalmer; Bapu Khan Misari, famous for Mumal; Langas, Boondu Khan and Band of Jodhpur; Thanu Khan and Tarif Khan of Chala Mama Project; Singing sensation of Kalbelis from Jodhpur, Sugni Devi; Mehboob Khan Langa and others.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that, this initiative will support the artist community deprived of regular livelihood for several months. Many folk artists are completely dependent on their art for livelihood. It is a unique concept to support such folk artists during the Corona virus crisis. Such initiatives can play a significant role in the development of art styles in the state and promote virtual tourism.
Manisha A. Agarwal, Founder, Arpan Foundation said that, we are extremely grateful to the Honorable Chief Minister Mr. Ashok Gehlot for supporting this initiative. He has always promoted the art and culture of the state and his support is very encouraging for us and folk artists. The series will feature over 70 artists from remote parts of Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Barmer.
The episode of Padhar Mhare Des premiered with Mahesha Ram of Jaisalmer and Ganesh Vandana by the group. Padam Bhushan as guest performance, Grammy Award-honored Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, presented the role of Padho Mhare Des from his creation Mohan Veena. This was followed by folk music and dance by the Langas and Kalbelis of Jodhpur and by the Manganiars of Barmer.