Thrissur: Traditional dances forms from various States were presented at �Ektha Awaaz\', a National Folk Dance Festival. Young artistes from Assam, Punjab, Rajasthan, Orissa, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala performed at the festival organised by Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangethan Kerala Zone, at Thekkinkad Maidan, here, on Sunday.
The festival opened with Ranapa dance from Orissa. Ranapa is a tribal dance form prevalent in Ganjam district of the State. The artistes dance on stilts accompanied by �dhols\' and wind instruments.
Another crowd-puller was Garba dance, a popular dance form performed by women from Gujarat during Navarathri. Badaga tribes from Ooty and dancers from Barmer district of Rajasthan also performed at the festival.
�Karinkali\', the folk dance form from Kerala, �Parayattam\' performed by artistes of Kanjeepuram, �Kolattam\' from Mandya district of Karnataka and �Kuchippudi\' by Andhra Pradesh dancers also enthralled the audience.
Awards for the best youth club, instituted by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, were presented to the Souparnika Arts and Sports Club, Thiruvambadi, Calicut. Therambil Ramakrishnan, MLA, inaugurated the function. Mayor R. Bindu, Rajaji Mathew Thomas, MLA, and M. K. Valsala of Nehru Yuva Kedra, Thrissur, participated.