Fifteen Indian artistes bring Bollywood to Qatar
November 22 2017 09:33 PM
PRESS CONFERENCE: From left, Manikantan, ICC vice-president, Hemant Kumar Dwivedi, First Secretary for Information and Education at Indian embassy; visiting artiste Madhumita Biswas; Milan Arun, ICC president; and Raja Vijayan Baburaj, ICC joint secretary. Photo by Ram Chand

By Mudassir Raja

A group of 15 artistes associated with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) will perform Bollywood dances in Qatar. The dance programmes will take place on November 24 (tomorrow) and November 25.
The ICCR is joining hands with the Indian Cultural Centre in Doha for the iniative. The first performance will be at DPS-Modern Indian School in Al Wakrah. The performance on November 25 will be in Al Khor. 
This was announced at a press meet yesterday evening. The press meet was addressed by Hemant Kumar Dwivedi, First Secretary for Information and Education at the Indian embassy, ICC President Milan Arun, ICC Vice-President Manikantan, ICC Joint Secretary Raja Vijayan Baburaj, and Madhumita Biswas, who is the leader of the team of the visiting artistes.
ICC President Arun said that the visiting group is coming for the first time to Qatar and is being led by Madhumita, a seasoned performer. She said that each performance would last for 90 minutes and would include multiple dances on a wide array of musical numbers, such as Bollywood music, classical music, Punjabi music, and Tamil music. 
Speaking on the occasion, Madhumita – who has also founded her own group called Melody Foundation – said that her group promotes music. She added that music is an easy way to build relations between two countries as everyone understands the language of music. 
Talking to Community, Madhumita said, “My group has been performing all over the world. We have also been performing in major events in India organised by the government. We represent Bollywood and show culture of India through folk music, Qawwali numbers and also western music. The events are going to be very colourful and I hope the people here will connect to our performances.”
She added, “I am an A-grade artiste from All India Radio. I have a degree in Hindustani classical music. I am also a music teacher and trainer. And I am very happy to be in Qatar.”
After the press meet, the artistes presented a short dance performance on Punjabi songs.

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