Mesmerising Spanish dance performance in capital (Lead, Superseding earlier story)

April 23rd, 2008 - 7:42 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) They thumped their heels, clapped in rhythm and swirled their mantillas to music with distinctly Indian overtones. With their frilled gowns and flowing trains, the flamenco dancers from Spain left audiences here asking for more. The Kamani Auditorium here was Tuesday packed with people who lined the aisles and jostled for space behind the rear stalls to see dancer Maria Pages and her group of six dancers and five musicians perform the gypsy dance from the Andalusian region of southern Spain.

The flamenco dance and music evening was organised by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and the embassy of Spain.

Flamenco dance has an interesting history, closely linked to India. An exodus of nomadic tribes of acrobats, dancers, singers, entertainers and metal smiths, known as romans or gypsies, from Punjab to southern Spain in the eighth and ninth century contributed to the early form of flamenco dance.

According to experts, traditional flamenco dance has been influenced by traditional Indian dances like bharatnatyam, kathakali, nainipudi and kathak.

The strongest Indian influence can be seen in the music that accompanies flamenco dance. It includes Punjabi folk songs from India along with Arab-Jewish chants.

The modern form of flamenco dance became popular in the 18th century as what came to known as the “caf

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