Festival of India in Ghana turns up a success

March 20, 2017
Source: LiLilipearl Baaba Otoo/thebftonline.com/Ghana
Festival of India in Ghana turns up a success

The National Theatre was filled with expectant audience and lovers of Indian culture during ‘Saptarang’, the Festival of India culture in Ghana.

The event, which was inaugurated on the eve of 68th Republic Day of India, on the 25th of January, was to commemorate 60 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Republic of Ghana.

The festival, which was in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, was to showcase multifaceted aspects of Indian culture in its various colorful forms.

The Indian High Commissioner, Birender Singh noted that India and Ghana relations have traditionally been warm and friendly with the strong foundation of bilateral relations laid by then Indian leadership and Ghana's first President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

According to him, the visit of Pranab Mukherjee, the President of India to Ghana from June 12 - 14, 2016, which was the first ever state visit by an Indian Head of State, has helped to further strengthen the bilateral ties between India and Ghana.

He added that the festival is aimed at strengthening bilateral cultural relations. “The main focus of a Festival of India is to connect and enhance the perception of India in the minds of people and offer them a glimpse of the flavor and variety of Indian culture,” he added.

This year’s was themed ‘Maitri’, meaning ‘friendship’ which appreciates the successful conduct of peaceful and transparent elections in Ghana and the smooth transition of power which demonstrated Ghana’s impeccable credentials as stable and strong democracy not only in West Africa but the entire African continent.

Performances that graced the occasion were the dance performance ‘Saptarang’ by Ms. Neeru Sabharwal Group. ‘Saptarang’ is a poetic confluence of seven classical dance forms, namely Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Kathakali, Kuchipudi, Manipuri, Mohiniattam and Odissi.

The presentation depicted an aesthetic beauty of each dance form. It culminated into the universal ones of all the artistic expression and obeisance to Mother Earth with 'Vande Mataram'.

The Indian festival has been held in several countries, recent ones being in Australia, Canada, France, Indonesia and Italy. Festivals of India are an important aspect of cultural diplomacy to connect and enhance the perception of India in the minds of people and offer them a glimpse of the flavor and variety of Indian culture.