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Festival of India in Ghana- Maitri

 

To commemorate 60 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Republic of Ghana, “Festival of India- Maitri” is being organized in Ghana from 25 January to 15 March 2017. The Festival of India is being organized in Collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Government of Ghana.

“Festival of India” showcases multifaceted aspects of Indian culture in its various colorful forms and has been held in several countries, recent ones being in Australia, Canada, France, Indonesia and Italy. Festivals of India is an important aspect of cultural diplomacy 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 flavour and variety of Indian culture. 

‘Festival of India in Ghana’ has been entitled ‘Maitri’, meaning ‘friendship’ as it is being held to commemorate sixty years of strong bonds of friendship between India and Ghana.

India- Ghana relations have traditionally been warm and friendly. The strong foundation of our bilateral relations was laid by then Indian leadership and Ghana's first President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. The visit of Hon’ble 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.

India, world’s largest democracy, appreciates the successful conduct of peaceful and transparent elections in Ghana. The smooth transition of power has once again demonstrated Ghana’s impeccable credentials as stable and strong democracy not only in West Africa but the entire African continent. As a special gesture, both Hon’ble President of India and Hon’ble Prime Minister of India have sent congratulatory message to His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo - Addo on his election as President of the Republic of Ghana. In his message, Hon’ble President of India has extended an invitation to His Excellency President of Ghana to pay a State visit to India at mutually convenient dates. In his message, Hon’ble Prime Minister congratulated His Excellency President of Ghana and mentioned that he  looks forward to working closely with him to further strengthen mutually beneficial bilateral engagement.  Hon’ble Prime Minister of India also congratulated the people of Ghana for upholding the democratic traditions and for the transparent and peaceful conduct of the elections.

The ‘Festival of India’ would have components of Indian classical and folk dances, sufi music, Indian food festival, Indian film festival and lecture – cum – demonstration of Yoga.

The “Festival of India” will be inaugurated on the eve of 68th Republic Day of India, on 25th January at the National Theatre of Ghana at 1900 hrs. , with the performance of “Samanvay” by Lok Chhanda Cultural Unit led by Ms Maitreyee Pahari group. “Samanvay” is an amalgamation of different Indian Classical and Traditional dance forms namely Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Odissi, Manipuri, Chhau & Contemporary dance forms. The group will also perform at respective Centre for National Culture at Takarodi at on Saturday, 28 January; Cape Coast on Sunday, 29 January and at Kumasi on Tuesday, 31 January. All the performances would be at 1900 hrs.

The Food Festival is being organized in association with The Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City from 10-16 February. The inauguration of Food Festival  at the Kempinski Hotel would have Sufi and folk song recital  by Dr. Mamata Joshi on 10th February at 1900 hrs. The entry for inaugural event is by invitation. She will also perform at National Theatre on 11 February and DPS International, Tema on 12 February and all are cordially invited for these performances .

 The Film Festival will be held from 24-26 February, at India House where three bollywood films “3 Idiots”, “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag” and “Sultan” will be screened . The inaugural event on 24 February is by invitation only.

The Closing ceremony of “Festival of India” will showcase the dance performance "Saptarang" by Ms. Neeru Sabharwal Group at National Theatre, Accra on 11 March at 1900 hrs. "Saptarang" is a poetic confluence of seven classical dance forms, namely Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Kathakali, Kuchipudi, Manipuri, Mohiniattam and Odissi. The presentation depicts an aesthetic beauty of each dance form. It culminates into the universal ones of all the artistic expression and obeisance to Mother Earth with ' Vande Mataram'. The Group will also perform at respective Centre for National Culture, Kofaridua on 12 March and Kumasi on 13 March 2017.

We acknowledge and appreciate the support extended by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts of Republic of Ghana and in particular National Theatre of Ghana and the various regional cultural centers in making this Festival possible.  We also acknowledge the support given by Kempinski Hotel for organizing an Indian Food Festival in Accra. 

We look forward to Ghanaian citizens enjoying and appreciating the rich cultural diversity of India, which would be depicted through various events being held under the Festival of India. For further details, please contact High Commission of India, Accra.

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