Bhadrachalam: There is an urgent need to encourage and protect folk arts like ‘Kolatam’, asserted many speakers at state level ‘Kolatam’ competitions organised here on Sunday.
The competitions were organised by Bhadradri Kalanilayam at Government Junior College grounds in the town. Speaking after inaugurating the event Lions Club of Bhadrachalam president Pakala Durga Prasad said according to historians Kolatam was popular during the rule of Sri Krishna Devarayalu.
‘Everyone should encourage this folk art form and many events like this have to be conducted’ he said while appreciating Kala Nilayam for conducting the state level competitions at Bhadrachalam. He wanted the competitions would be conducted every year.
The Kala Nilayam president G Venkatateswara Rao stated that objective of organising the competitions was to promote the art among the current generation. With the active support of organisations and well-wishers the competitions would be held every year, he said.
He informed in the one-day event ten teams across state participated. Rudrampur Kolatam team got first prize carrying Rs 8000 cash, Karimnagar team won second prize carrying Rs 4000 cash and Ambedkar Kolatam won third prize carrying Rs 2000 cash.
The certificates of appreciation and moments were presented to sixty members who were winners in the event. Organisers Ch Srinivas, Bhupathi Rao, Venkat Reddy. Motor Vehicle Inspector Venkat Pullaiah and others were present.