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“Namaste India” Festival at Village Museum

The 5th “Namaste India” Festival, which sets out to discover Indian cultures through dance, music performances and handicrafts, will be running at the “Dimitrie Gusti” National Village Thursday through Sunday. For the first time in Romania, khayal Indian classical music will be presented in the “Garlands of Sounds” recital performed by Mahua Mukherjee (vocal) and Sanjay Kansa Banik (tabla), two internationally recognized artists.  Indian classical music instruments will also delight listeners at Namaste India Gala, a show by the Tansen Cultural Centre at the “Tinerimea Romana” <Romanian Youth> National Arts Center, Friday, 7.30 pm. The Romanian audience will discover the beauty, elegance and grace of Indian classical dance by means of two kathak style (Northern Indian) show, with Sharmila Sharma, and Mohiniyattam (South India), featuring Brigitte Chataignier. During the festival, the Village Museum will host a fair of traditional products and gastronomic specialties allowing visitors to complement their wardrobe with exotic clothes – saris, kameez salwar and kurta – spectacular jewelry and accessories, along with decorative objects and spices.
Book launches will be held each day of the festival, autograph sessions and public readings – “India Darshan. 18.000 km of inner journeys” by Iuliana Nalatan, “From India to African Indies” by Daniela Tane, “ Advaita Vedanta Basics” by Daniela Badea and Prakarana Grantha etc.  Festival participants can also see Oscar nominee film “Mother India” directed by Mehboob Khan, and four more others.
The festival also includes photography exhibitions and workshops.
A festival pass costs RON 30 and one-day tickets RON 10. Discount tickets available for pensioners and euro 26 card owners – RON 5, pupils and students – RON 2.5.

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