Indian embassy in collaboration with Indian Cultural Centre (ICC) and with the support of Qatar Museums will host a three-day cultural festival ‘Passage to India’ at the Museum of Islamic Art Park from March 7.
The details of the programme were disclosed at a press conference attended by Indian ambassador Vipul, first secretary (Culture, Education & Labour) Sachin Dinkar Shankpal and second secretary (Information, Culture & Education) Bindu Nair. ICC president A P Manikantan, former president P N Baburajan, as well as other ICC officials took part in the media briefing.
Ambassador Vipul said the three-day festival will present a wide arrfay of cultural events and will be an opportunity for the community and the wider society to know more about the diverse Indian cultural richness.
“There will be a number of cultural programmes and a wide display of Indian handicraft, clothes, jewellery among others. The event will also feature a photography exhibition. It will be a unique event showcasing and promoting the diverse Indian culture and the achievements of modern India.”
Manikantan gave the details of the event and highlighted some of the major programmes of the festival. He said: “One of the major attractions will be a performance by a Qawwali troupe from India. In addition, there will be a mega Thiruvathira, a traditional group dance as well as a mega Rass Dandiya. There will also be live musical shows as well as a dog show organised by the Ministry of Interior. “
During the festival, 40 longtime Indian residents of Qatar will be honoured in three categories. These categories are: Indian residents who reached Qatar before 1983; housemaids who are residents of Qatar and reached here before 1998, and domestic workers who have been residents on or before 1993. Applicants with the longest number of years of stay in Qatar will be felicitated at the event.
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