JOINTLY organised by the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture and the Indian Embassy to Myanmar under the Myanmar–India cultural cooperation programme, the Festival of Indian Culture took place at the National Theatre in Mandalay on 22 May with a greeting speech made by Dr. Nadakuma of the Indian consulate general based in Mandalay.
The Festival of Indian Culture encapsulates for a new audience the experience of Indian dance as it has evolved in various parts of the country. Six dance forms representing the diversity of India’s culture have been chosen: Bharatanatyam of Tamil Nadu; Kathak of northern India; Odissi, from Odisha in eastern India; Manipuri from the north-eastern India; Kathakali of Kerala; and Chhau which covers a wide swathe of territory in the eastern states of India. Nrityarupa has been crafted under the artistic direction of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India’s National Academy of Music, Dance, and Drama, for the Festival of India.
Students led by Professor Daw Aye Sanda Aung of the Department of Drama Arts at the Mandalay University of National Culture and Arts performed dances and held a fashion show of Myanmar Traditional Dress Designs, popular in three separate Myanmar eras. Present at the concert were deputy speaker of the Mandalay Region Hluttaw Dr. U Khin Maung Htay and Hluttaw Representatives, Region Minister for National Races U Sai Kyaw Zaw and region-level Departmental officials, Indian Councilor General Dr. Nadakuma, rector U Nyunt Win of the University of National Culture and Arts and faculty members, students and guests.
Thiha Ko Ko