India Campaign for Olympics “ Indian Mela ” at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre

Time:10:00 am

When and Where

Date:31 July 2012
Time:11:00 am
Organizer: ICCR
Location: London

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The 3000 year old classical dance style of India, Bharatanatyam combines a sense of spirituality with artistic expression using precise hand gestures, body movements and facial expressions. Originated in the temples of North India, Kathak was enriched later by the Moghul emperors who encouraged it during their rule. Odissi is one of the eight classical dance forms of India

Bihu is the National festival of Assam, a North Eastern state of India. The word ‘Bihu’ orginated from the word ‘Bishu’ where Bi means “ to ask” God and Shu means “peace and prosperity”. A participatory community dance called .Bhangra is attested since the 1880s in northern areas of the Punjab region. Bhangra was a seasonal dance, practiced in the month leading up to the festival of Bisakhi

Ghoomar- The most well known of the dances from Rajasthan. Ghoomar comes from the word ghoomna or pirouetting, this is a traditional rajasthani folk dance performed by women going round in circles, swaying the beautiful ghaghras, rich in embroidery or mirror work. It is performed usually at weddings or auspicious occasions.

Time: 11:00 am to 06:30 pm

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