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8th NATIONAL BEACH KABADDI CHAMPIONSHIP

The 8th National Beach Kabaddi championships were held at the Ramakrishna beach from April 16 to 19, 2016.

"46 teams -- 24 men and 22 women -- from 24 states has taken part in the championships, being organised by the Andhra Kabaddi Association," Association's Secretary V Veeralankaiah said.

"The India team for the Beach Asian Games to be held in September will be selected from this championship," he added.

FINAL RESULTS OF THE NATIONAL BEACH KABADDI CHAMPIONSHIP:
MENS FINAL: ANDHRA PRADESH x UTTAR PRADESH - ANDHRA PRADESH WON
WOMENS FINAL: HARYANA x ANDHRA PRADESH - HARYANA WON.


NATIONAL TRIBAL DANCE FESTIVAL

NATIONAL TRIBAL DANCE FESTIVAL (29.03.2016 TO 31.03.2016)

To fortify the ethereal cultural heritage of tribal India, a three-day National Tribal Dance Festival opened at R.K. Beach on 29.03.2016. Known for their hospitable nature, the various tribes of India have strong community bonds that give them a distinct identity.

Organised by Antarmukha in association with South Zone Cultural Centre, AP Tourism Development Corporation and the State government, the festival gives a chance to get a glimpse of the rich tribal culture which will be showcased through six tribal dance forms from Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Karnataka, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh.

“Despite a threat to their existence, these tribal people have succeeded in preserving their culture. We want to promote the indigenous culture and bring to the forefront the ethnic value of India through this festival,” said Lakshmi Priya of Antarmukha.

The organisation is planning to organise similar tribal dance festival in Narsipatnam and other Agency Areas of Visakhapatnam next month.

The Census of India 2011 reveals that 750 scheduled tribes in India reside in distant and forested areas of hilly mountains, plains, deserts, coasts and even islands.

Inaugurating the festival, ZP chairperson Lalam Bhavani said that the event was a great platform to understand different tribal culture. Joint Collector J. Nivas said that the vibrancy of tribal culture can be seen through the exuberance of each dance form. “They express their happiness through singing and dancing and live a simple life. We also should adopt this simple philosophy in our lives,” he added.

During the festival, tribal dance forms such as Sambalpuri, Siddi, Gudumbaja, Pania, Savara and Dhimsa have been showcased by the indigenous groups. The festival is open for public. It is held at the beach front opposite to Viswapriya Function Hall.

The timings for the festival were 6.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. and it has concluded on March 31.

The African tribe in city in connection with dance festival:
Their rhythmic dance moves, colourful attire and appearance are unmistakably African. Siddi, the African tribe, has called India their home from the past 200 years. There are only about 55,000 Siddis in India today who live in small, secluded settlements in Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat and parts of Goa. Even though their food, clothes and language are completely adapted to the local cultures of whichever part of India they live in, traces of their African roots still echo in their dance and music traditions.

A small group of Siddi tribe from Karwar in Karnataka is here in the city to showcase their dance form at the ongoing National Tribal Dance Festival. “The rhythm of music and dance flows in our blood. Even if you ask a child to dance, he/she will be able to instantly break into the rhythm,” says team leader of the group Julian Pedru Fernandes in an accented Hindi.

With Marathi and Konkani as their lingua franca, the Siddi families in Karnataka are Roman Catholics, Hindus and Muslims - all united by their distinct music and culture. Their songs tell the story of the way they live and reflect their passion for hunting. “Dance is an integral part of our lives. We express happiness and sorrow through it. In fact, after a hard day’s work, you can often see one person in the village start the dance, only to be joined by the entire community within no time,” says Julian. Sometimes the dance carries on throughout the night! “In our weddings even if there is no food, our traditional dance and music will certainly be there,” she adds. Julian explains that her parents and ancestors used to sing 100 songs in a jiffy. “With the influence of television and exposure to cities, the present generation can hardly remember 30 traditional songs. Over the years, the strong dance moves have also given way to a bit mellowed version of the original,” she says.

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While agriculture is their main source of livelihood, the youngsters of the tribe are slowly migrating to cities and work as labourers. Interestingly, their tribe in Karnataka has 35 per cent literacy rate.

“In our community, women study more and are much more responsible and active than men,” says Mary B. Garibache, one of the group members.

Unlike other tribes, the Siddis do not enforce restrictions on marrying outside their community.

With a strong community bonding, the Siddis believe in the culture of sharing the day’s catch equally among all families in the village.

This ancient practice is still being followed in most Siddi tribe settlements.

Even as the younger generation of the Siddi tribe are moving closer to cities for work, they all know where their true identities lie. “Jungle mein Siddi hai toh sher ke barabar hai. Shehar mein Siddi toh kuch bhi nahi (Siddi is the king in the jungle, but in the city a Siddi is nothing),” signs off Julian.

(NEWS ITEM PUBLISHED IN THE HINDU NEWSPAPER DT.31.03.2016 VISAKHAPATNAM EDITION)


INDIA - SRILANKA T20 CRICKET MATCH

India win by 9 wickets to clinch T20 series 2-1. 

India wrapped up the series 2-1 after they coasted to a nine-wicket victory with 37 deliveries to spare in the decider of the three match T20 I series at the Dr.YSR ACA-VDCA Stadium on the Valentine's day 14.02.2016.  Srilanka scored 82, all out in 18 overs.  India 84 for 1 in 13.5 overs.  Man of the match - Ashwin - 4 for 8.


INTERNATIONAL FLEET REVIEW

President Pranab Mukherjee inspected one of the largest maritime events in the recent past, as International Fleet Review 2016 (IFR 2016) took place off the Visakhapatnam coast on 06.02.2016. Close to 75 Indian warships and 24 from Navies across the globe sailed past the Presidential yacht- INS Sumitra, that, besides Mukherjee hosted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, defence minister Manohar Parrikar, three service chiefs besides others.

Amongst the Indian platforms that paraded in front of the high profile delegation off the east coast was INS Vikramaditya- India’s biggest aircraft carrier, INS Viraat, destroyers INS Kolkata, Mysore, frigates- Shivalik, Satpura, Teg amongst others.

President Mukherjee watched as the Navy’s surface, sub surface and aerial platforms performed breathtaking maneuvers off Visakhapatnam’s famous Rama Krishna beach. The Naval helicopters Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Dhruv, Chetaks performed Search and Rescue missions even as the latest acquisition P- 8i maritime reconnaissance aircraft flew past the Presidential yacht. The Hawk and Mig- 29 K aircraft too displayed breathtaking maneuvers- displaying the skills of the Naval warriors to operate their fighter jets at a pressure six times the gravitational force. Sailors on board the vessels saluted the Presidential yacht and waved their berrets in a gesture to acknowledge the reviewing by the Supreme Commander of the armed forces. Amongst international platforms that paraded in front of the President were platforms from Bangladesh, China, US, Australia, Mauritius, Oman, UK, Vietnam besides others. All major navies including those from the US, Russia, China, France, and the UK participated in the event. The foreign ships included United States' USS Antietam, a guided missile corvette, HMS Defender of UK, JS Matsuyuki of Japan, IRIS Alvand of Iran, BNS Somudra Joy from Bangladesh, Liuzhou from China, and HMAS Darwin from Australia.

Close to 4000 sailors participated in the fleet review- perceived to be the biggest so far in India. The first international review had taken place in 2001 in which navies of 29 countries from across the globe had participated.

The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu arrived on February 5 and laid a wreath at the Victory-at-Sea memorial on the Vizag beach to pay homage to the martyrs. He later inaugurated the IFR village and the maritime exhibition organised by the Navy on the grounds of the Andhra University Engineering College. He said Visakhapatnam was the eastern gateway to the country. A band concert by foreign naval bands was followed by a Presidential Banquet on the evening of February 6. Other events to follow include an International maritime Conference and an International City parade for public.

The International Fleet Review 2016 has culminated with Indian and foreign naval ships undertaking a Passage Exercise (PASSEX) in the Bay of Bengal.
 
All the 54 ships that had participated in IFR-16 sailed out from Visakhapatnam in the first ever Passage Exercise (PASSEX) with combined participation of foreign and Indian warships yesterday.
 
The IFR 2016 was conducted from February 4-8.
 
As per the maritime traditions, visiting foreign ships are generally escorted to the open seas on their way home (on completion of the visit).
 
The PASSEX was aimed at fostering greater cooperation and camaraderie with friendly foreign navies, increasing interoperability, providing the requisite operational element to IFR as also to mark the culmination of IFR 16, an event that saw the largest scale participation of foreign ships ever in a Fleet Review in India.

VISAKHA UTSAV

The mega tourism and cultural festival VISAKHA UTSAV was conducted on 01st 2nd and 3rd January 2016.  Various Events like Flower Show, Kite Festival, Laser Show, Rangoli Competition, etc.,  Cultural Shows, Exhibitions, Sports & Games were conducted at different parts of the city viz., RK Beach, Vysakhi Kala Vedhika Vuda Park, Jatara at Madhurawada, Kailasagiri, Vuda Park etc.