Shimla: Six day long All India Folk Dance Festival concluded with a prize distribution ceremony addressed by Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister. This competition was jointly organised by the Department of Language and Culture, Door Darshan, Shimla, Charu Castle Foundation, Gaziabad, and North India Folk Art Society. He welcomed the artistes from within the country and South Eastern countries for visiting Shimla to participate in the All India Women Folk Dance Festival. He said that since the number of participants from various countries was increasing year after year, the competition should be named as International Women Folk Dance Festival. He advised the organisers to invite folk dance troupes from other countries so that it could emerge as a mega folk dance festival of the country in coming years. He hoped that the event would be instrumental in strengthening the bond of regional cooperation within and outside the country and make girl child culturally educated after they return home. He also announced Rs. 1.00 lakh to the organisers for furtherance of cultural activities. Prem Kumar Dhumal awarded first pPrize, a trophy and cash prize to the Sri Lankan team; second prize, a trophy and cash prize shared by Gujrat and Tamil Nadu teams and the third prize was bagged by Bangladesh team. He also gave away prizes to other participating teams in different events. An impressive variety cultural programme was presented by selected teams to mark the closing ceremony.