India, a melting pot of cultures
A country and its outlook towards the world can be best understood when its culture is explored. India boasts of a rich and diverse cultural heritage that has paved the way for binding the country with other countries in the world beyond trade and politics.
With an intention to showcase true Indian tradition, a cultural programme encompassing Indian classical dance was staged for the U S President and other dignitaries at Rashtrapati Bhavan, a day ahead of the Republic Day Parade. The programme was organised by Seher.
“In this era of global inter connectedness where the world is witness to a great deal of homogenisation and eclectic intermingling, a country’s language and culture still provides a durable distinctiveness to a country.
India is particularly blessed by its magnificent and legendary diversity of cultures and languages. This makes India virtually unique. It is this uniqueness that we wish to present for the visiting dignitaries on this historic visit to India,” says Sanjeev Bhargava of Seher.
The presentation begun with an invocation from the ancient Rig Veda, a text recognised as a world heritage work. It seeks harmony within variety, oneness amongst disparity, and invokes the well-being of mankind. This is followed by short presentations in each style, the dancers coming together in a rhythmic finale.
The programme contained five forms of Indian classical dances (Kathak, Manipuri, Odhisi, Bharatanatyam and Kathakali) that was performed by young and extremely talented dancers.
The programme aimed at representing the richness and diversity of Indian culture and Is choreographed by Padmashri award winning dancer Madhavi Mudgal.