Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant inaugurated 21st national level folk festival Lokostav-2020 organized by Directorate of Art and Culture in association with West Zone Cultural Centre and other agencies held at Darya Sangam, Kala Academy, in the city on Friday.
Minister for Art and Culture Govind Gaude, Secretary, Art and Culture Chokha Ram Garg, IAS, Director, Art and Cuture Gurudas Pilarnekar, Programme Officer, West Zone Cultural Centre Tanera Singh Sodha were present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister praised the folk festival Lokostav being held every year at Kala Academy for becoming phenomenal in boosting rural economy along with promoting cultural wealth of the state and said it could also be seen as a magnificent platform to exchange the rich folk culture as it accommodated diversified folk culture and art performances of different states.
The Chief Minister also lauded the Directorate of Art Culture for upgrading the standards of Lokostav with innovative ideas and also appreciated efforts of artists and artisans from various states who would be displaying their folk art and handicrafts at Lokostav 2020 till January 19, 2020.
Minister for Art Culture Govind Gaude said increasing public participation and response towards Lokostav had made the event to achieve great heights, thus appealed to the people to continue their support to Lokostav in future.
Secretary, Art and Culture Chokha Ram Garg also spoke on the occasion. Director, Art and Culture Gurudas Pilarnekar welcomed.