[아시아엔=라드와 아시라프 기자·번역 최정아 기자] ‘제4회 인도 나일강 축제’가 오는 23일부터 5월7일까지 수도 카이로, 알렉산드리아, 포트사이드, 샤름 엘-셰이크, 베니수에프 등 이집트 전역에서 개최된다.
산자이 바타차라 주이집트 인도대사는 ‘인도 나일강 축제’ 기자회견에서 “올해 행사에선 인도의 전통·현대예술, 비즈니스 세미나, 인도음식 시식 등 다양한 활동들이 준비돼있다”고 밝혔다.
이번 행사엔 ‘러브 스토리’(Love Story)란 주제로 발리우드 퍼포먼스, 오디사 주(州)의 전통춤 ‘오디시’(Odissi) 등 다양한 예술공연이 관객들을 만난다. 댄서 도나 가구리는 “우리는 (사람들이 흔히 알고 있는) ‘발리우드’를 넘는 우리 인도의 전통춤을 보여드리고 싶다”고 밝혔다.
이 행사에선 인도음식 시식행사와 요가 세미나도 진행될 예정이다.
Egypt celebrates its fourth “India by the Nile” festival
Egypt celebrates its annual “India by the Nile” festival for the fourth year in a row, bringing different aspects of the Indian culture to the Egyptian audience.
The festival will take place from 23rd April to 7th May, and India’s ambassador to Egypt, Sanjay Bhattacharya, has said that this year’s edition will see new activities and locations. The activities will include contemporary and classical Indian arts, health techniques, business seminars, and food experience among other things.
“We would like the success of the cultural activities to spill over to other aspects of life as well,” the ambassador said at a press conference last week, adding that the festival will include events in Cairo, Alexandria, Ismailiya, Port Said, Sharm El-Sheikh and Beni Suef.
The festival is organised by the Indian embassy and the Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture (MACIC) in Cairo, in partnership with Egypt’s Ministry of Culture, the Cairo Opera House, Bibliotheca Alexandrina and Teamwork Arts company, with the support of a number of sponsors.
This year, the festival will offer a large array of events, starting with Women of Substance, an event which will take place on 23 April at Cairo’s India House, according to Egypt’s Al-Ahram.
Throughout the festival, a photography exhibition by Harun Kumar titled Colours of Life will be a visual starting point for discussion about environmental and social issues, such as street children and underprivileged children.
As for arts, a performance titled Love Story, directed by Sanjoy Roy, will bring Bollywood’s essence with performances scheduled to take place at the Cairo Opera House (26-29 April), Sharm El-Sheikh’s Soho Square (1 May) and Alexandria’s Sayed Darwish theatre (3-4 May).
While Dona Ganguly and her 13-strong dance group will bring from the Indian state of Odisha the graceful lines, symbolic gestures and spectacular costumes of the traditional Odissi dance, a different, classic side to India.
“We want to show there is something beyond Bollywood in Indian culture,” the ambassador said during the press conference.
In addition to Indian food experience, there will be a chance to experience the Indian culture from within, through the Food Fiesta at the Four Seasons in Cairo. Acclaimed chef Vikram Udaygiri will be presenting an Indian cuisine buffet based on traditional recipes embellished with novelties such as molecular gastronomy.
The health schedules will range from a seminar on alternative medicine at MACIC centre in Zamalek, to an open air yoga event at Al-Azhar Park on 30 April, which marks World Health and Meditation Day. Other wellbeing events will be World Healing and Meditation Day at the Al-Azhar Park event on 30 April, while a seminar on alternative medicines will be held on 28 April at MACIC in Cairo, as reported by Al-Ahram newspaper.