Folk Artists Remember Who Helped Rajasthani Folk Art And Dance Travel Beyond Boundaries
Sunday brought tragic news, especially for the folk artistes and art lovers of Rajasthan, when renowned folk dancer Harish Suthar – better known as – died in a road accident, along with three other artistes, on his way to Jaipur from Jaisalmer. Harish had gained worldwide recognition because of his unique style and graceful dance moves. His rendition of Rajasthani folk dances including chakari, bhavai, taraju, terah tali and ghoomar, made him a popular name globally.
Harish had also performed in 60 nations around the world and received several awards.Rajasthan’s folk fraternity is in shock and many of them posted condolence messages on social media. CM Ashok Gehlot condoled his death, terming it a “big loss to the artistic world”. He said, “He brought a distinguished identity to Jaisalmer with his different dancing style which was dedicated to folk art of the state. His death is a big loss to the artistic world.” Here’s what artistes had to say.‘He added so much to our legacy of folk art’I was so proud of Harish, who added so much to the legacy of Rajasthan’s art and culture. He gave a new identity to the folk art of our state. Yesterday, I was invited to an event and was asked to showcase some of my signature dance moves, but I could not move a step. I politely refused to the organisers. Aaj mere kadam thirak nahi payenge, kyonki hamari kala ko nayi pehchan dene wala sada ke liya chala gaya hai. Maine kai baar uske sath stage par perform kiya hai, bar bar wahi yaad aa raha hai.
– Gulabo Sapera, international folk dancer