Gypsy dance from Spain sets capital on fire

April 23rd, 2008 - 2:48 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) The national capital rocked to gypsy beats from Spain as Flamenco dancer Maria Pages and her compania (group) mesmerized a packed house with an hour-long performance of the colourful folk dance. The Kamani Auditorium was Tuesday packed with people who lined the aisles and jostled for space behind the rear stalls to see 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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