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Assam: How this fest is trying to educate masses on environment

The 5th edition of Creative Festival Dancing Rain, being held in Guwahati, is promoting the idea of ‘triple R’ -- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Guwahati: In a bid to spread awareness about environmental degradation among the masses, Parivartan, an NGO, organised a two-day event named ‘Creative Festival Dancing Rain’ on Friday and Saturday.

The 5th edition of the festival has witnessed participation of artists from all over the world, including countries like Lithuania and Belgium. Each year, the festival is organised around a particular theme concerning the environment; this time it was “Cycling, a way of Recycling”, promoting the idea of “triple R” -- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

The festival, inaugurated by Assam forest minister Parimal Suklabaidya on Friday, is been organised in the Barpathar area of Guwahati, and aims at promoting the concept of a “model village”, which houses all the basic amenities of life, while stressing on sustainable living.

Over the two days of the fest, several activities, including workshops on artistry, music, education, and yoga, along with documentary screening and jam sessions, are scheduled to take place.

A compilation of photographs by prominent photographer Devdutt N Baraskar
A compilation of photographs by prominent photographer Devdutt N Baraskar
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Award-winning photographer Devdutt N Baraskar from Indore displayed his photographs in the event on the second day of the festival on Saturday.

Speaking to EastMojo, Alak J Pathak, director of the festival, said, “We are a group of artists and we are creating this festival dedicated to nature and environment.”

Pathak, who is a sculptor and an environmentalist, will also be displaying his sculptures made around the theme of plastic pollution, with a plastic bag and a cow made of scrap metal.

Alak J Pathak, director of festival, working on his metal sculptures
Alak J Pathak, director of festival, working on his metal sculptures
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Talking about his creations, Pathak said, “I am making these sculptures out of trash and scrap metal I found from the surrounding. I was shocked to see dead cows with their stomach filled with plastic bags, which was very disturbing. So, I decided on making sculptures and spreading awareness on the same.”

Masks made by artists at the festival
Masks made by artists at the festival
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The festival also aims at promoting adventure tourism and indigenous sports in the area. A team of cycling enthusiasts cycling their way from Nalbari to Barpathar.

As the entire Northeast is on the boil around the issue of the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, the organisers of the festival had a difficult time putting things together, with several artists not being able to make it to the festival on time.