Bharat Folk Arts Academy

About

Established in 1952, Bharat Folk Arts Academy continues its mission of promoting and preserving the Indian tribal and folk art forms. It was founded by late Janapada Kalabramha - Dr.Gopal Raj Bhatt. His contribution to the field of folk and tribal arts spanned a period of more than six decades and is unparalleled. It is today, a premier institution, the only one of its kind, aspiring to reach out to create a marked awareness of the rich and varied folk and tribal art forms.
The Bharat Folk Arts Academy has surged ahead to innovate and invigorate the present generation under the artistic direction of Shri. Raghav Raj Bhatt. The academy has the support & guidance of illustrious personalities. Bharat Folk Arts Academy specialises in Indian folk dances, tribal arts, costume designing, make-up, stage craft and visual arts. Ms.B.Sandhya supports the academy as a manager. The academy has continued performing in troops and has participated in major festivals of India and abroad.

About the Founder

Born in 1928 in the Garapalli village of Karimnagar district, Telangana, India. Dr. Gopal Raj Bhatt passed the pre-independence Matric in 1945 and attained his Diploma in Fine Arts, GDFA, specialising in Painting in 1950. He moved on to study the Telangana & Andhra folk and tribal arts in depth. After having done extensive research on the same, he specialised in them.
He was the Art teacher at the Urdu Sharif School and was also a lecturer at the Government Music College, Hyderabad. He was the Head of the Department for Folk Arts in Telugu University. With many felicitations by State and Central Government he was awarded a Doctorate from Telugu University and honoured with a fellowship from Sangeet Natak Academy, Andhra Pradesh.
Dr.Gopal Raj Bhatt, was the Founder Director of “Bharat Folk Arts Academy”. Right from its inception Dr.Bhatt, a maestro of folk and tribal arts, had set out to preserve and promote the rich tradition that is imbibed in the Indian culture. He was an icon in the realm of folk and tribal art, having dedicated over six decades of his life incessantly and zealously to the cause of folk and tribal culture to gain prominence as an art form.
He was also an adviser to the State Government of Andhra Pradesh, a member and the Joint Secretary of the State Nitya Academy and the Secretary of Hyderabad Arts Society. He was on the advisory committee of major cultural committees of the State and Central Government of India like SCCZ, All India Radio, Doordarshan etc. for many years.
Dr. Bhatt represented the the then State of Andhra Pradesh on “Republic Day” celebrations in New Delhi for two decades and choreographed folk dances for prestigious occasions like the opening and closing ceremonies of “Asiad 82” on music by Sitar Maestro Pt. Ravi Shankar Ji.
He conducted numerous concerts for the then State of Andhra Pradesh on various important ceremonies presented to Prime Ministers, Presidents, Governors, Chief Ministers. One of his unique performances was to entertain jawans in Ladakh with a 40 members dance group. He also did many cultural programs for other State Governments of India.
Dr.Gopal Raj Bhatt was a multifaceted and versatile artist and an expert of folk and tribal arts of India. Well versed with the nuances of Indian tribal and folk culture, he was one of the very few who had studied the folk and tribal dances first hand from the natives of the respective states where the specific art form originated from.
A simple and humble personality coupled with a highly disciplined teaching manner, Dr.Gopal Raj Bhatt was an institution by himself.
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