Capital ready for a `Feel of India'

ABU DHABI - Dance connoisseurs and aficionados in Abu Dhabi can enjoy the richness of Indian folk dance as part of the ‘Feel India’ folk dance fest, which will be held at the Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation’s Auditorium on January 20 at 7pm.

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Published: Tue 6 Jan 2004, 12:26 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 2:17 AM

K. V. Prakash, Director of the show and its main organiser, said on Monday that the event, in co-operation with the Cultural Foundation and India Tourism - Dubai, was being held to showcase the diversity and opulence of Indian folk traditions, which are often far more appreciated than their classical counterparts by Indians and non-Indians alike.

"The main purpose of Feel India is to make people of other nationalities, in particular, understand and feel the heart of India through its diverging and incredible folk dances. Though the show is qualified as a dance festival, this is not just another dance show, and there will be a film presentation of the traditions and identity of each state preceding the dance performance of that region. It will be a sort of prelude to the Indian Republic Day, and help foster national as well as international integration in the melting pot that is the UAE," Mr Prakash hoped.

K. V. Prakash had earlier conceptualised the World's Longest Painting on the theme, "One World" by schoolchildren, and an electronic signature campaign by children for world peace, both of which he said, were geared towards instilling the message of harmony, tolerance and love in the minds of the younger generation.

"This will be the first part of the show, with dances from eight Indian states including Kerala and Tamil Nadu in the South, Goa, Gujarat and Maharashtra in the West, Punjab and Jammu & Kashmir in the North and West Bengal in the East."

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