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Monday, 26 June 2017

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Bhangra performance at Ksirarnawa Auditorium, Bali Art Centre, Denpasar

On 22 February 2015, an 11-member Bhangra troupe from Universal Art & Culture Welfare Society, Mohali, Punjab, India presented a wide-ranging folk dances, songs & music at the capacity-packed Ksirarnawa Auditorium at Bali Art Centre in central Denpasar in Bali.

Dr. Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati, affectionately known as Cok Ace, who is current Chairman of Bali Tourism Promotion Board (BPPD) as also Chairman of Bali Chapter of Indonesian Hotel & Restaurants Associations (PHRI) as well as former Bupati (Regent) of Gianyar Regency and a prominent tourism expert and member of the Puri Ubud Royal family was the Chief Guest on the occasion.

Other dignitaries present included Agung Rai, Founder of Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA) in Ubud; Putu Dewa Beratha, Head of the Provincial Department of Culture; along with other senior officials of the Provincial and regional government of Denpasar City, members of the consular corps in Bali, students of local universities and junior & senior high schools; members of the Indian community in Bali and others.

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Display of traditional musical orchestra and martial arts
During their hour-long performance, the Indian artists displayed 'Gatka' – the martial art of Sikhs in Punjab, and an electrifying performance of 'Bhangra' from the region of Punjab in north India, besides folk music and folk dance. The orchestra of different traditional musical instruments from Punjab, such as 'Tumbi' – high pitched, single string instrument; 'Algoze' – twin-wooden flute instrument; 'Chimta' – traditional percussion instrument with small metal brass jingles; 'Dhol' – double-headed drum; 'Sapp or Chikka' - a musical instrument native to Punjab, was also presented. The audience thoroughly enjoyed their performances in colourful costumes and wonderful music and danced on each item.
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Dr. Muliana, a General Practitioner in Bali and ICC students performs cultural performances
The students of ICC danced on two popular songs 'Dola Re' & 'Nagada sang Dhol' while a General Practitioner at a hospital in Tabanan, Dr. Mulyana, sang 'Tere Naam', to huge applause and appreciation of entire audience.

Speaking on the occasion, Cok Ace highlighted the strong cultural relations between India and Bali while emphasizing that these relations are like family relations and are much more than the friendship alone. He stated that the Sahabat India – Festival of India is timely and would surely remind us and strengthen our historical bondage.

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Dr. Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati and Mr. Agung Rai during their Addresses

Agung Rai of ARMA Museum also elaborated on the historical and strong cultural relations between India and Bali, in particular, while thanking the Government and the Consulate General of India in launching
the Sahabat India iniative in Bali. He stated that our culture and traditions have roots in India and Indian philosophy and must be further intensified and nurtured through such initiatives. Agung Rai also invited the audience to visit the next Sahabat India event at ARMA Museum in Ubud, which will be a prestigious exhibition based on the life and teachings of Buddha and itled 'Buddha-Carika' – in the footsteps of Shakyamuni Buddha. 

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Consul General of India, Mr. A.S. Takhi during his Remarks

The Consul General thanked the Governor and his entire Administration as well as the entire Balinese community for their wholehearted support and commitment to Sahabat India events in Bali. He elaborated on various Sahabat India events and invited all to be part of the forthcoming events as well, in the true spirit of friendship and brotherhood.

 

Agung Rai of ARMA Museum also elaborated on the historical and strong cultural relations between India and Bali, in particular, while thanking the Government and the Consulate General of India in launching

the Sahabat India iniative in Bali. He stated that our culture and traditions have roots in India and Indian philosophy and must be further intensified and nurtured through such initiatives. Agung Rai also invited the audience to visit the next Sahabat India event at ARMA Museum in Ubud, which will be a prestigious exhibition based on the life and teachings of Buddha and itled ‘Buddha-Carika’ – in the footsteps of Shakyamuni Buddha.

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