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Our Diverse Culture Celebrated In India

  Shobna Chanel Dance Group represented Fiji at the International Folk Dance Festival recently in India. During the festival, they performed at the capital city of India, New Delhi and
25 Dec 2016 11:00
Our Diverse Culture Celebrated In India
Shobna Chanel Dance Group performing at the International Folk Dance Festival in India. Photo: Shobna Chanel

 

Shobna Chanel Dance Group represented Fiji at the International Folk Dance Festival recently in India.

During the festival, they performed at the capital city of India, New Delhi and the capital of the Indian state of Odisha, Bhubaneswar.

Shobna Chanel Dance Group, Choreography/Group manager, Shobna Chanel said: “We were happy and proud to represent Fiji at the International Folk Dance Festival.

“We show cased the multicultural aspect of Fiji. We also took Fiji’s diverse culture with us.

“We performed traditional Fijian dance and showed a fusion of Indian and Fijian dance,” she said.

Ms Chanel said they also showed a little documentary about Fiji.

“The International Folk Dance Festival is organised by the Indian Cultural Council Relations in India and invites countries around the globe to participate in the festival. It’s all about collaboration of cultures,” she said.

Ms Chanel said the trip only became possible by the assistance of the Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts. The ministry assisted them financially.

Indian High Commissioner to Fiji Vishvas Sapkal said: “This event in which the Fijian dance group represented has definitely boosted our bilateral cultural relation.

“It has made the relationship between Fiji and India even stronger.

“They have mesmerised the audience in both the places by their performance and people really appreciated their performance,” he said.

Mr Sapkal said this event was sponsored by Ministry for Education and Indian High Commission.

“Countries around the globe also represented at the International Folk Dance Festival and it was also a very good opportunity for them to interact with other countries.

“This was the second time the Shobna Chanel Dance Group represented Fiji at the International Folk Dance Festival and we will sponsor them next years as well,” he said.

Edited by Maraia Vula

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