India, Africa forge pact through culture show on summit eve

April 7th, 2008 - 12:29 am ICT by admin  


New Delhi, April 6 (IANS) Against the magnificent lighted ruins of the Purana Quila, the 16th century Old Fort in the Indian capital, the untamed spirit of Africa and the ancient dances of India fused in a brilliant synergy at a colourful cultural melange on the eve of the first India-Africa summit beginning Monday. The hour-long show, titled “A Tribute To Africa”, was presented by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).

“This is the first time such a show is being organised in the country,” dancer Sangeeta Ishwara, who choreographed the show, told IANS.

As many as 89 artistes from 12 African countries took part in the concert showcasing their traditional dances and music.

More than 2,000 people sat spellbound watching the dancers from Africa decked in their traditional attires, ethnic jewellery and elaborate headgears perform to the symphony of an array of percussion and string instruments from Africa and India, sounds of which reverberated through the ruins of a mighty empire.

The lighted fa

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