A MATTER OF SONG AND DANCE

Dance and music connoisseurs in the city can relive the rich tapestry of India's folk exquisite folk dances during the "Feel India" Dance festival, which will be staged at the Sheikh Rashid Auditorium of the Indian High School Dubai, tomorrow at 6 p.m.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Thu 22 Apr 2004, 3:00 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 12:32 AM

The unique show, which is aimed at enhancing an awareness of Indian folk art forms among an Arab and UAE audience, is the initiative of K. V. Prakash, an Abu Dhabi based advocate, who is organising it following the success of a similar show in the capital which served as a prelude to the Indian Republic Day, on January 20 at the Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation Auditorium, to a packed multicultural audience.

"The intention of 'Feel India' is to understand and feel the heart of India through her diverging and incredible folk dances. Though the show is qualified as a dance festival, this is not just another dance show, and comprises a colourful presentation of unfeigned culture of each state in India, its diverse attire and rich dance heritage. The folk dances of each state in India are synonymous with variant and resourceful Indian rural life, and India, to repeat an oft-quoted cliché, lives in her villages. I hope these dances will give people an authentic impression of the country's multicultural beauty, and help them understand India through her folklore," Prakash said.

He pointed out that the event would showcase folkdances from eight different states in India - Kerala and Tamil Nadu from the South, Goa, Gujarat and Maharashtra from the West, Punjab and Jammu & Kashmir from the North, and West Bengal from the East.

The event is open to the public, and is expected to be attended by a 1500 strong audience.

The wide acclaim generated by the Abu Dhabi event, which was conceptualised and directed by Prakash and choreographed by Asha Nair, a noted dance teacher of the capital, featured some 100 performing artistes on stage.

With a long stint as programme director at Kala Bhavan, the Indian arts academy in Cochin, Prakash has organised dance and drama shows all over India, as well as in the US and Canada. On a personal front, he has been involved in several socio-cultural events in Abu Dhabi, including conceptualising and finishing the World's Longest Painting, "One World", recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2000, which at 500 metres length and 80 cm width, involved 17,484 school children from all over the UAE, belonging to 92 different countries. Another achievement was an electronic signature campaign by children, "Pupils' Plea for Peace", for which Prakash is still hoping to achieve a target of five million signatures, following which he will travel to the UN headquarters with a planeload of children, and submit the plea to the UN Secretary General.



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