BEIJING: Over 1,800 people, including a large number of Beijing-based diplomats, members of Chinese and Indian expatriates, participated in a cultural festival organized by the Indian Embassy here to celebrate Dussehra.
The sprawling lawns of the India House here turned into a noisy market on Sunday as families of Indian diplomats and a large number of Indian expatriates thronged 28 temporary stalls set up by the embassy to sell Indian artefacts, carpets and a variety of ethnic and Indian artefacts. Put it on fusion food.
Embassy officials said over 1,800 people participated in the celebrations organized to celebrate Dussehra, which falls on October 15 this year.
Indian Ambassador Vikram Misri’s wife Dolly Misri said the proceeds of the homemade candles, a stall put up by the embassy’s Spouse Club, which attracted a large crowd, would go to charity.
Cultural performances include famous Chinese Bharatanatyam exponent Jin Shanshan and his daughter Jessica, Kathak and Bollywood dance by Cindy and Du Xuan, Kuchipudi dance by Dikhitha, Tamil folk songs by Anjana and Mridula, Rajasthan folk dance by Divya and Namratha, besides Bharatanatyam performances Were. Demonstration of yoga postures by students of local Indian yoga schools.
Members of the Beijing-based diplomatic corps, Chinese think tank officials and Indian diaspora also took part in special cultural performances, including a skit on the Ramayana scripted and directed Darshan Naik, a fireworks display and setting the image of Ravana on fire.