Mega festival, to celebrate 70th Year of Diplomatic Relations between two countries
With Thailand and India celebrating their 70th year of diplomatic Relations, an event-studded Festival of India is being held in Bangkok and other cities, this year.
One of the early events at the Festival, is a dance-drama on 2 September, at Sala Chalermkrung Theatre, in the vibrant Bharatanatyam dance form.
Called ‘ SRI KRISHNA’, it relates to the many myths about the popular Hindu God Krishna. It will be enacted by a 13-member dance team from the Sri Bharatakala Dance Academy, which includes a live orchestra.
There will be a second show at Kanchanaburi, next day, in the Sala 60 Pansa Maharaj Hall.
The Festival of India will see a variety of Food Festivals from different parts of India, in September and October.
There will be an UTTAR PRADESH FOOD FESTIVAL (the food of cities like Lucknow, Varanasi) at Rembrandt Hotel, which will then travel to Phuket and Krabi.
There will be a NORTH- EAST INDIAN FOOD FESTIVAL (the food of cities like Shillong, Manipur) at Shangri la Hotel.
Lastly, there will be a PUNJABI FOOD FESTIVAL (Punjabi dishes like tandoori chicken, burra kabab, dhal makhni are globally renowned) at the Maya restaurant in Holiday Inn hotel, Sukhumvit, as well as the Royal Cliff Hotel in Pattaya.
A Talk and Exhibition on AYURVEDA, based on the famed Indian herbal medicines and massages, which have cured numerous ailments and has its votaries around the world, will be held at the Queen Sirikit Convention Centre on 23-24 September. Many Ayurvedic products, like herbal oils, powders, drinks, will be on sale.
One of the special events at the Festival, will be a Language Seminar entitled ‘The Influence of Sanskrit and Pali on South East Asian Languages, with Special Emphasis on Thai’, at the Chulalongkorn Varsity. This will be attended by HRH Princess Mahachakri Sirindhorn, who is a noted Sanskrit scholar herself. Among the speakers at this Conference, will be her Sanskrit Guru, Prof Satyavrat Shastri.
Another unique event, is a Seminar on the ‘ Thai Language in India‘, and will feature members of the TAI Community in India, who live in the North-Eastern part of the country, like Assam. Their ancestors are said to be from Thailand, and they speak a dialect of Thai called ‘Tai.’
This special Seminar will be held at the Princess Mahachakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre, on 18 November. A unique feature of this event, will be the local songs and dances performed by these Tai groups from Assam.
Probably the best-known cultural artiste to perform at the Festival of India in Thailand, is the world-famous violinist, L SUBRAMANIAM, on 4 November, at the Thailand Cultural Centre (Small Hall). This US-based artiste is noted for his mastery of classical Indian, Western, and fusion rhythms, and is hugely popular around the world. This is a rare opportunity for Bangkok’s music-lovers to hear the great Indian violin maestro.
A grand INDIAN ART EXHIBITION, featuring some of the top contemporary Indian artists, will be held at the BACC from 15 September- 1 October.
The Theme of the Exhibition is ‘India at 70’, meaning ‘India at 70 years’ (as India is celebrating its 70th year of Independence,this year). Among the Indian artists whose works will be on display, are top names like Anajolie Ela Menon, Arpana Caur, Jatin Das, Rameshwar Broota.
A BUDDHIST SCULPTURE EXHIBITION with more than 70 grand images of Buddha, from Thailand and India, would be on display in December, at the National Museum. The Indian sculptures have been loaned by Delhi’s famed National Museum.
A very special event at this year’s Festival of India, is an AEROBATIC DISPLAY by the Indian Air Force’s famed Sarang helicopter team, in November/December (Dates will be notified soon). They will display their wide range of breath-taking aerial antics at an air-space in Pattaya.
Last but not the least, would be a long spate of YOGA and BOLLYWOOD WORKSHOPS with experts, to be held at the Benjasri Park, from November to January. After all, both these Indian exercise routines have proved to be very popular in the city.
All in all, it’s a long and varied Festival, that should further cement the 70th year of friendship between the two neighboring countries that share many historical and cultural ties.
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