Under the high patronage of the Indian Embassy to Romania, the “Rabindranath Tagore” Cultural Centre in partnership with the “Dimitrie Gusti” National Museum of Romanian Village and India Tourism Office Frankfurt, invites the enthusiasts of Indian culture at the seventh edition of the festival “Namaste India”, announced during June 5 – 9 in Bucharest.
Along partners and long-time collaborators, we propose a series of events destined to encourage the Romanian audience to approach the colourful and polymorphic culture of India. We invite you, as we do every year, to enjoy classical Indian dance and traditional music performances, as well as travel stories, encounters with Indian literature, exhibitions of paintings and photography, handmade products fair, workshops for children and adults and cuisine savouring”, the press release announces.
At the same time, during June 5 – 7, the “Dimitrie Gusti” National Village Museum has announced “The Indian Summer”. According to organizers, at the opening of this year’s edition, there will be a traditional Indian ceremony of planting a tree, a symbol of the friendship between Romania and India. The ceremony will be attended by Her Excellence Ms. Manimekalai Murugesan, the Indian Ambassador to Romania, members of the Indian Embassy to Bucharest, the manager of the “Dimitrie Gusty” National Village Museum, Ms. Professor Doctor Paula Popoiu, as well as other important partners of the festival and enthusiasts of Indian culture. The ceremony is based on the tradition initiated at Shantiniketan (India) by Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore and will be led by Kaberi Chatterjee, Doctor in Philosophy.
“Parvathy Baul brings to the “Dimitrie Gusti” National Village Museum the mystic music of Bengali minstrels, part of the Baul folklore tradition in Western Bengal and Bangladesh. Acknowledged for the solo performance of Baul songs and dances, Parvathy Baul skillfully accompanies her voice with the help of traditional folklore instruments Duggie, Ektara and Nupur. The Kathak classical Indian dance will be presented on stage by Namrta Rai, emeritus artist and professor at the Indian Cultural Institute in New Delhi”, the press release announces.
The winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913, Rabindranath Tagore is internationally acclaimed as a poet and philosopher, yet the semi-classical dance style created by him is less known. During the festival, the Romanian audience will be granted the occasion to watch in premiere a presentation of this dance style, performed by Kaberi Chatterjee. The Program will also include performances featuring Romanian artists.
Throughout the festival, the Village Museum hosts a fair of Indian handmade products (Oriental clothes, accessories and jewels, decorating objects and condiments) and delicious food specialties from various regions of India.
Art of Bengal and the National Museum of the Romanian Peasant
The National Museum of the Romanian Peasant will host the screening of the recorded version of the dance theatre play Chitrangada, in the presence of Indian director Obhi Chatterjee and of lead actress Kaberi Chatterjee. Inspired by the personality of heroine Chitrangada, mentioned in the grand Indian epic “Mahabharata”, Rabindranath Tagore had impregnated her with the countless emotions of the Indian woman, thus conferring a new dimension to the story, adapting it into a dance theatre play in 1936.
At the “Horia Bernea” studio, starting at 6 pm, the audience may watch “The Indian Woman as seen by Rabindranath Tagore”, on June 8, and “The Man from the Heart”, dedicated to the mystic music of Bengal, on June 9.
Also, Parvathy Baul will perform at the Romanian Peasant Museum a show dedicated to the mysric tradition of Baul, entitled “The Search of the Man from the Heart”. The Baul music (a popular and folklore tradition of Western Bengal and Bangladesh) was included by UNESCO on the list of Masterpieces of Humanity’s Oral and Immaterial Patrimony in 2005.