Kalbelia, Chari, Ghoomar and Bhawai – the traditional folk dances of Rajasthan mesmerized the audience in Brazil when the state government went on a cultural exchange program in an evening show on April 10 in Sao Paulo.
This visit was a part of the initiative of the Ministry of External Affairs of India to promote cultural exchanges between Brazil and Rajasthan. A 13-member group of the state comprising five craftsmen, six folk artistes, one chef and a coordinating officer from Rajasthan tourism went on a 5-day (8 to 12 April) visit to Sao Paulo and Brasilia. The show was organized in association with the Consulate General Office of India in Sao Paulo.
Apart from the cultural performances, the exquisite handicrafts of the state were also showcased at the venue. The visitors were hugely impressed by the miniature paintings, lac work, fine Kota Doria sarees, traditional leather shoes and block printing on textiles. Add to that Rajasthan’s gastronomic delicacies like Papad Ki Sabji, Aloo Mangori Ki Sabji, Besa
The programme was attended by Consul General Abhilasha Joshi, head of Chancery R Venugopal, ambassador of India Sunil Lal, head of Chancery Kshitij Tyagi, deputy chief of mission Abhay Kumar and other senior officials of the embassy. Besides, ambassadors of Egypt, Turkey, Belgium, Cyprus, Bolivia, Paraguay, Slovakia, Canada, Nepal, Indonesia and Germany to Brazil were also present on the occasion. (Source: Times of India)