Fiji At India Festival
Gospel High School Year 10 student Krishneel Prasad, 15, will soon fulfil his dream of travelling to India.
Krishneel is part of a 10-member group, the Sat Sang Ramayan Mandali, who will represent Fiji in the International Ramayan Mela.
The festival will be held in New Delhi from February 23 to 27.
It will include performers from 10 other countries around the world.
“This group was formed 20 years ago and I’ve been part of them when I was five years old. I am proud to be able to join them in representing Fiji to the festival in India,” Krishneel said.
“I’ve always wanted to go there and I never thought that my involvement in this group will enable me to fulfil my dream of travelling to India someday.”
The group will perform dramas and Indian folk songs at the festival. They will leave the country on February 20.
Indian High Commissioner to Fiji Gitesh Sarma said their cultural outreach was not only to promote Indian culture but bring the best of other cultures to India.
“That is the true kind of exchange of culture so we are delighted that we have an opportunity to take a group from Fiji and present it to our people,” Mr Sarma said.
“We are very happy to accommodate Fiji also and this is a reflection of our special ties with this country.
He said the Ramayan festival reflected openness to other traditions from other parts of the world.