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Rajasthan Folk Dance Group Amazes Crowd With Performance

Rajasthan Folk Dance Group Amazes Crowd With Performance
Puja Sapera poses for a picture before the groups performance on Thursday night in Lautoka.Photo: SALOTE QALUBAU
October 31
10:48 2015

An eight-member folk dance group from Rajasthan (Northwestern Indian State) wowed the crowd with their performance at the Lautoka Girmit Centre on Thursday night.

High Commission of India’s Indian Cultural Centre director Kishan Lal Kanojia said this was the first time Fijians witnessed a performance from the group.

“The colourful and dynamic calibre is one of the famous characteristics and aesthetics of Rajasthan dancers,” Mr Kanojia said.

“The group also known as the ‘desert gypsies’ have performed in India and abroad. India and Fiji have special and friendly relations which have been constantly growing and expanding.”

The group’s performance consisted of traditional Indian folk dances and also invited members of the public to be part of the dance performances on stage.

Lautoka City Council chief executive officer Jone Nakauvadra said people who attended the group’s show in Ba on Wednesday were still praising their entertaining performances.

“I would like to thank the Indian High Commission for thinking about the people of Lautoka and I understand this is the first time for the group to come to Lautoka,” Mr Nakauvadra said.

“We are looking forward to more visits by the group, we know that art and music is a way of expressing your culture, expressing your identity and it is exciting that the group has come all the way from India to show us what Rajasthan is all about.”

Meanwhile, 20-year-old Puja Sapera, a member of the Rajasthan folk dance group said she was happy to share her culture.

“It’s really nice to visit other countries witnessing other cultures and promoting my culture and how important it is to understand other people’s backgrounds,” she said.

“In India we have different dialects but dancing shows emotions that are felt by everyone regardless of where you are from.”

She said the group would be performing next in Nauru and Australia before returning to India on November 16.




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