Festival of India
(Expression of a dynamic art journey of an ancient tradition through centuries of human sensibilities)
Bloemfontein witnessed a colourful spectacle of music and dance that represented the diversity of India’s Culture.
The High Commission of India and the department of Arts and Culture hosted a Kathak Pravaha in Bloemfontein at the Civic Theatre on Monday, 04 August 2014. The occasion was coordinated by the charming and humorous programme director MrTsidisoMasolane.
The function started with the rendition of both the South African and Indian National Anthems.
Adv. T.H. Malakoane, HOD Sports, Arts, Culture & Recreation expressed the importance of arts and culture and the impact the industry had for the country. He also commended the Consul General for his commitment to bring artists to the Free State and welcomed new initiatives.
Acting Consulate General of India, HonourableHarsh Negi thanked all the parties involved. He gave an overview of the rich and diverse culture that India had to offer and further expressed India’s commitment to South Africa.
The audience was then captivated with performances by the Choir from Bloemfontein
The year “2014” marks 20 years of diplomatic relations between India and South Africa since the dawn of apartheid era; and 100 years since the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa to India on 18 July 1914.
This Festival also coincides with the celebration of life and values of our liberation struggle icon, “Tata” Nelson Mandela.
The Kathak Pravaha is an expression of a dynamic art journey of an ancient tradition through centuries of human sensibilities. It literally means the “ongoing journey of the tales”.
The dance troupe dazzled the audience with their brilliant performance.
The rich and diverse culture of India was evident in the impressive combination of colour, costumes, dance and music