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The hall resounded with cheers and applauds as a mesmerized congregation of Samba audience witnessed the colorful, multifaceted culture of Rajasthan through awesome show put up by traditional folk dancers. A state-government led delegation performed Chari, Bhawai, Kalbelia and Ghoomar—a series of peppy Rajasthan dances on international stage set at Brooklin, Brazil. It was a part of cultural exchange program organised by Rajasthan government.
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A 13-member group consisting of a chef, 6 folk artists, 5 craftsmen and a coordinating officer from Rajasthan tourism department was sent to Brasilia and Sao Paulo. The visit was an initiative by the Union Ministry of External Affairs that intended to facilitate cultural exchange between Rajasthan and Brazil through this plan. The visit started from 8 April and lasted until 12 April. As a part of this plan, graceful Rajasthani dancers performed various dances on the last day of their visit.
The cultural programmed was attended by key officials of Brazil, Canada, Egypt, Belgium, Turkey, Bolivia, Cyprus, Nepal, Paraguay, Germany, Slovakia and Indonesia. Consul General of India Abhilasha Joshi, Indian Ambassador Sunil Lal and Heads of Chancery Kshitij Tyagi and R Venugopal attended the programme.
This show was organised in Sao Paulo by the Consulate General Office of India. Besides dance performance, the delegates displayed a range of exquisite handicrafts at venue. The Brazilian population was mesmerised by Lac objects, miniature paintings, block printing on outfits, traditional leather shoes and fine Kota Doria sarees. Local promotional movies were showcased to give viewers a brief insight into Rajasthan’s rich literature.
The tempting part was Rajasthan’s gastronomic culture—a spectacular display prepared by Rajasthani chef. Lip-smacking local dishes like Aloo Mangori ki sabji, Papad ki sabji, Choorma, Besan Gatta, Lassi and Kesariya Kheer were eye-catching crowd pullers.
The government will stage similar delegations in future to promote cultural exchange between various countries in the world.