Namaste Pasifika folk band

PEOPLE in the country will get an opportunity to witness a famous group from India perform live on stage.

This comes after the High Commission of India in Suva, as part of the Namaste Pasifika: A Festival of India, brought a popular folk band, Aarug from Chhattisgarh in Central India, to perform in the country.

According to the commission, the group was led by Anuj Sharma, a famous Chhattisgarhi actor and singer, who would be presenting traditional Chhattisgarhi folk music.

“Aarug is a musical bouquet from Chhattisgarh with presentation of a selective folk songs and music,” the commission said. “These include some of the very popular songs which have entertained the people for many decades. A special feature of Aarug band is the presentation by solely using the traditional Chhattisgarhi musical instruments.”

The commission said with Fiji and the region’s very own rich tradition of folk music and dance, the group would introduce this aspect of Indian culture for the first time.

“The event is open to public and we are expecting the Indian diaspora and dignitaries to be present at the event,” the commission said.

The first show was held at Jai Narayan College in Suva yesterday.

The second will be in Labasa at the Seaqaqa Sanatan Centre and the last show will be at Ba Sanatan College.

All shows start at 6.30pm.

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