Cultural Village Foundation – Katara, in collaboration with The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) office in Doha, hosted the India World Cultural Forum (IWCF) for the second night of Katara’s Cultural Diversity Festival. Held outdoors and adjacent to Katara Beach along the Katara Esplanade, the IWCF presented Aparajita and troupe, an 11-member performance group from India.

A significant number of Katara visitors attended the performance where Aparajita Troupe delighted the crowd with a collection of traditional Indian Bharatanatyam shows. Dressed in colourful traditional Indian dress, the performers offered a series of synchronised poses and dances with traditional Indian music acting as the soundtrack for their vast array of routines. Performers also provided music with the ankle instruments affixed to each performer which acted as the tempo within a number of their displays.

Aparajita Troupe has performed in countries around the world including Indonesia, Oman, Spain, Switzerland and on numerous occasions across India. Performing for the first time in Qatar, the troupe helped inaugurate Katara’s Cultural Diversity Festival, providing a fitting introduction to the country for the global performers long familiar with presenting their culture to various parts of the world.

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His Excellency Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti, General Manager of KataraKatara’s said:

Katara’s aim as a Cultural Village is to stage the very kind of performances which the dance troupe brought to the Cultural Diversity Festival. During the first night of the Festival we presented a glimpse of the Philippines culture and tonight, with the help of UNESCO, we are proud to offer yet another dazzling performance for Katara visitors. There will be another 18 performances to come over the next five months which will each offer a similar level of engaging culture and fun for people from all walks of life.’

The performances not only entertained those familiar but also enlightened the dozens of other spectators unacquainted with the displays.

It is worth to note that Nairobi National Dance Ensemble will present its performances next month on 1 and 2 of February, as part of the Cultural Diversity Festival.

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