Festival of India opens in Brazil
The Festival of India opened in Brasilia on August 31, 2017 with an exhibition on the Life of Mahatma Gandhi and an enthralling performance of Carnatic music by renowned Indian musicians, at the University of Brasilia (UnB). Both these events were attended by Brazilian government officials, Ambassadors, media personnel, culture lovers and friends of India. The ten-day long Festival of India, is being organized in Brasilia, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro by the
Ministry of Culture, Government of India and Embassy of India in Brazil to celebrate the completion of 70 years of India’s Independence.
The exhibition on the Life of Mahatma Gandhi was inaugurated by Ambassador of India in Brazil, Mr. Sunil Lal. The bilingual exhibition in English and Portuguese familiarized the Brazilian visitors with fascinating aspects of the Mahatma’s life and his decisive role in India’s independence. This was followed by the soulful performance of Indian Carnatic music by Mr. Anuroop Sugathan on the violin, Mr. Govindarajan and Mr. Palakal who were the vocalists and Mr. Viswanathan on the Mridangam. In an evening marked by patriotic fervour and invocation of the divine, the Brazilian audience were treated to renditions of Vande Mataram and devotional and classical Carnatic numbers, reaching the crescendo with a rendition of the Indian National Anthem.
The group of musicians are now scheduled to perform in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro on September 2 and 4, respectively. On September 1, the Brazilian friends of India would be treated to another stellar evening of a Kathak performance by an 11-member group led by Ms. Nandini Singh in Brasilia. This would be followed by Kathak performances in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro on September 3 and 5 respectively. The widely appreciated exhibition on Mahatma Gandhi would also be on display in São Paulo on September 5. The final leg of the festival would celebrate Indian literature with renowned Indian poets Mr. Siva Reddy Kolli, Mr. Shauq Mohammed Shafi Lone and Ms. Monalisa Jena sharing gems of Indian literature in Telugu, Kashmiri and Odia languages, with their translations, to introduce the Brazilian audience to the fascinating world of Indian poetry. The literature festival would be celebrated on September 5 and 6 in Brasilia, September 7 in São Paulo and September 9 in Rio de Janeiro.
September 1, 2017