A blend of two great cultures was visible at an event dedicated to the National Day of Oman and Indian Independence anniversary. The artistes from Oman and India shared the same platform to celebrate 47th National Day of Oman and 70th Independence anniversary year of India.
The event was held in the Indian Social Club premises in Salalah in presence of the august gathering of Omani dignitaries and members of the Indian community. The uniqueness of the event lied in the presence of different expatriate community representatives, who enjoyed the folk dances performed by Omani folk dancers and variety of performances done by Tanushree Shankar Dance Troupe from India.
The Omani folk dancers presented soulful Mijmat dancing while the troupe from India presented dances depicting human journey, fishermen’s dance, and the great the women play in any society.
Dancer and choreographer, Guru Tanushree Shankar, is the Artistic Director of Tanushree Shankar Dance Troupe in the Indian state of Kolkata. Based on the creative style, pioneered by India’s legendary dancer Uday Shankar, Tanushree has developed a unique style of choreography, which is both creative and contemporary.
The troupe mesmerised the audience with performances like Amity, which depicts human journey and vast experiences gained during the journey called life including the spirit of humanity; Fishermen’s Dance, depicting the joy and happiness that the fisher folk find in their daily work. Wrishya Vihar, a story of unity of deer when confronted with existential threat posed by hunters received good response from the audience, while Pahari folk dance depicted the joy and happiness of the people living on the hills
Mann Mayuri Dance was an expression of the love that the majestic peacock shares with the rains; Pratiksha or longing depicted the desire that exists at various levels in every human’s life; Maitree was a tribute to women and Surrender, a ballet dance, was based on Sufi poet Jelaluddin Rumi’s poem.
Rakesh Adlakha, First Secretary Indian Embassy in Oman, hailed the occasion as the celebration of two great cultures and nations which are strategic partners in progress. Manpreet Singh, Chairman, Indian Social Club Salalah, welcomed the guests and promised to bring many more programmes to cement the Omani-Indian bond.