Curtain Raiser Press Statement

SAARC Culture Meet to Follow by 
Traditional Dance Festival in Delhi

  • ·         3-day Event at SNA features performing arts, symposia, photo show

New Delhi, Sep 25: As the Third Meeting of SAARC Ministers of Culture concluded in the capital today, the two-day international meet is poised for a post-script of sorts with the SangeetNatakAkademi (SNA) supporting the traditional dances of south Asia.

The three-day SAARC Cultural Festival on Traditional Dances of South Asia being organised by SAARC Cultural Centre (SCC) in Colombo will begin tomorrow (Friday). Packed with a grand range of performing arts besides a workshop on Intangible Cultural Heritage, the event at SNA’s RabindraBhavan complex will also feature a photo exhibition tracing the history of cultural exchange between the countries of the region.

Slated to be inaugurated by Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism ShripadYessoNaik on Friday evening, the ceremony will see the SAARC delegates being welcomed by a Kathakali performance and traditional chendamelam orchestra from Kerala along with the acrobatic Chhau dance form of the Purulia genre from West Bengal.

Besides Mr Naik, Colombo-headquartered SAARC Culture Centre director G L W Samarasinghe and senior SAARC officials will address the gathering at Meghdoot Theatre Complex, SNA Secretary Helen Acharya said today.

The session will be capped by dance / music forms (10 minutes each) of all the eight member-countries of the 1985-formed SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation).

Saturday will see a day-long symposium on ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage in Context of SAARC’. To be moderated by Dr Sanjay Garg, who is the deputy director of the 2009-established SCC, the sessions will begin a presentation by art scholar Dr SudhaGopalakrishnan, Resource Person (India). This will be followed by pre- and post-lunch country presentation of papers and discussions. At 6 pm, there will be a dance show.

The concluding session on Sunday evening will be addressed by top SNA officials and will see distribution of certificates to the participants besides a closing cultural performance.

The photo exhibition being held on all the three days will recap moments from eleven occasions — from 1958 (when the 1952-founded SNA held a dance seminar in Delhi) to a welcome function hosted in 2003 in honour of ChandrikaBhandaranaike Kumaratunga when she was the President of Sri Lanka. There will be 135 images of stage shows and receptions — both black-and-white and colour — in total.

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