High Commission of India
The Visit of Rajasthani Folk Dance Troupe from India to Ghana
A cultural team comprising 8-members, including four male singers and four female dancers of the famous 'Sapera' or 'Kalbelia' folk Dance group in the north-western State of Rajasthan in India gave a scintillating performance at the National Theatre, Accra, on Friday, 11th September 2015. The event was sponsored by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi, Government of India, and was organized by the High Commission of India in Accra. Kalbelia has been a part of UNESCO's list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity since 2010.
High Commissioner of India, H.E. Mr. K. Jeeva Sagar, in his welcome remarks underlined that art and culture transcend national and international boundaries, and that the present visit of this renowned cultural group from India was an effort to deepen the cultural affinities between India and Ghana. He thanked the sponsors - M/s Mohinani Group; Tata Holdings Africa; IPMC; and M.G Pharmaceuticals for their support, remarking that they shared the Government of India's vision and commitment to expanding the people-to-people linkages between the two countries.
The audience responded enthusiastically to the vibrant and colourful performance by the artistes, who presented a beautiful symphony of India's diversity. The highlight of Kalbelia is the enchanting 'Snake Dance' in honour of Hindu god Lord Shiva. The group will be traveling to Burkina Faso where they will give two performances on 13 and 14 September. Their second performance in Ghana will be in Kumasi on 16th September.