As part of the celebrations of 70 Years of India’s Independence and 70th Anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations, Embassy of India, Belgrade, in collaboration with Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), New Delhi, organized Indian classical dance “Bharatnatyam” by 08-member group led by Ms. Geeta Chandran on August 22, 2017 in Madlenianum Theatre in Zemun.
Bharatanatyam is one of the most popular and widely practiced classical dance styles of India, with sculptural evidence dating back 2000 years. A highly spiritual and dedicatory dance form, Bharatanatyam‘s roots go back to the Hindu temples of Tamil Nadu, in South India. The dance moved from temples to theaters over time, but has retained its characteristic devotional component, expression of human emotions, and stylized storytelling. Bharatanatyam is the dance that encompasses music, rhythm and expressional dance. Ms Geeta Chandran, renowned Indian classical dancer, presented a Bharatanatyam performance entitled “Satyam Shivam Sundaram” which was inspired by the ancient Indian philosophical concept linking Eternal Truth – Eternal Good – and Eternal Beauty. The Group will also be performing in Leskovac (23 August) and Smederevo (24 Aug).
Mr. Zoran Djordjevic, Minister of Labour, Employment, Veteran & Social Affairs of the Republic of Serbia was the Chief Guest at the Concert which was attended by over 500 Serbian nationals, senior officials of the Government, Ambassadors, civil society, cultural institutions, media, renowned personalities from the fields of music, art, films, students etc. apart from members of the diplomatic corps and international organization. Mr. Vladan Dekic, Director of Serbian National Dance Ensemble ‘KOLO’ was Guest of Honour.
The prominent daily Serbian newspaper “Politika”, National Radio & Television of Serbia (RTS) and other media organizations carried coverage of the performance.
The concert and dance show were performed on the occasion of the Indian Independence Day and the end of the British Rajj rule in the Indian subcontinent.