A team from the Indian High Commission headed by the director of Indian Cultural Centre Dr Kamal Kishor Mishra is touring the Northern Division introducing and creating a mutual understanding of the Indian culture and its lore.
In enhancing their cultural program, the group organised a concert that featured Indian folklore and dances including the infamous Bharatnatyam dance which according to Dr Mishra has its own roots deeply embedded in the Indian culture and lore.
The dance troupe is sponsored by the Indian government and concerts will be held throughout the country. Dr Mishra said the performances were open to people of all races throughout the nation and was a chance for people to appreciate and understand the Indian culture and its values.
"The show is a platform where people can come in and exchange values and lessons from the Indian culture since the objective of this program is to enable communities in Fiji to appreciate and have a better understanding of the Indian culture," he said.
Referring to a classical dance relating to the devotees of the naag deota or the snake demigods, Dr Mishra said lore's such as this had its connections in Fiji like the Naag Mandir in Nagigi Labasa and this establishes connections between Fiji and India from time immemorial.
Dr Mishra had also announced a series of scholarships of the Indian government through the India Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) which comes under the banner of the Ayush Scholarship Scheme For Fiji.