The 2nd Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) International Dance Festival held at hotel Taj Palace Hotel New Delhi on 9th March 2019, was a grand success. The International Dance festival took off in time with Indian performance by Bickram Ghosh, one of the India’s greatest Tabla maestros. He is the pioneering force of fusion music. Ghosh brought ,”The dance of Shiva” an electrifying fusion experience on the stage.

The composition was rendered by the top most drummers in India ,showcasing as to how music is an essential back drop of a successful dance performance. Ghosh’s performance was highly lauded by the audience. This was followed by the dance performances by various countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Fiji, Maldives, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The performance given by each country was lauded by the audience.

The number of performers in each dance was varying from minimum two (couple) from Fiji to maximum number from the host country , India. The dance performance from Fiji by the couple was very interesting as it had two Indian popular songs. It drew special applaud. The last dance performance was from India from Lok Chhanda, an institution dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the traditional dance and music of India. Lok Chhanda celebrated India’s rich cultural heritage , combining the rustic folk elements from the un adulterated hinterlands of the country. It was a specular scene to watch all the 120 dance performers dancing all together on the stage at one time. The concluding dance performance by all the 120 dancers was splendid and drew maximum applaud. It got standing ovation, when people went on clapping till their fill. The entire programme was very smooth. Even when all the 120 dancers were dancing , not even a single dancer clashed against any one. The compering of the entire programme by Jainendra and Geetika was excellent. The progamme ended in time, when everybody left for the dinner, organized by Prasar Bharti , in a very pleasant and jovial mood .

Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU),which was established in 1964, is a non-profit, non-government, professional association of broadcasters in the Asia Pacific region. It currently has over 272 members in 76 countries and regions, reaching a potential audience of about 3 billion people.

Prasar Bharati, which is represented by All India Radio and Doordarshan, is a key Administrative member of ABU with its Director General Doordarshan, Ms. Supriya Sahu, IAS, as the Vice President of ABU.

As per Mr. Shashi Shekhar Vempati, CEO of Prasar Bharti, “We are happy to play an important role in uniting countries by promoting their various dance forms as well. We are certain that participants would enjoy their time in the beautiful historic city of Delhi and would have opportunity to take back wonderful memories with them.”

DR. Surya Prakash, Chairman of Prasar Bharti and Mr. Rajeev Singh, the Finance member of the Prasar Bharti Board also graced occasion by their presence .and lighting the lamp along with other dignitaries.

According to Ms. Supriya Sahu , Director General Doordarshan ,”We are happy and proud to present the 2nd ABU International Dance Festival .”United by Dance” , the theme of this year’s Dance festival signifies that music and dance have no language . Dance transcends all barriers to unite people from various countries. Coming together of the ABU member countries is a significant step towards building a strong partnership to promote and share cultural heritage for promoting unity in diversity. During the press conference which was held on 8th March, the International Women’s Day , DG /Doordarshan said, “ The Indian group has 31 dancers and they will perform 6 different types of dances, like Bharat natyam, Kuthipuri, Kahakkali, etc. India is the biggest broadcaster in the world. Doordarshan will be completing 60 years in coming Sept. The beauty of the dance festival is that all the participating countries will have their dancers in their traditional costumes and form.”

According to Mr. Sunil , Additional Director Gegneral ( International Relations) /Doordarshan , “We are confi

dent that the dance Festival will take forward the message of love , peace and cooperation and strengthen the bonds among the ABU countries”.

Javad Mottaghi, Secretary General of ABU has been to various countries and knows the culture of the world. He said, “no country is better than India. India is the biggest broadcaster..” When asked about the frequency of the international Dance Festival and the place, he said that it cannot be held every year because of the secretarial work involved and so far place (Country ) is concerned , it should be held in India again after 2 years.”

Ashok Nigam , Additional Direcor General (Admin) said,’’ Sharing cultures of various countries improves relations between the countries. All the foreign participants will be taken for excursion to Agra on 10th March 2019”.

1st ABU Dance Festival was hosted and organized by Prasar Bharati at Hyderabad in January 2017, where more than 100 international performers involving 14 Teams from 9 countries had participated.

The 2nd ABU International Dance Festival, aimed at introducing the unique diversities of the Asia Pacific region through dance as an international language. one of the most unique features of this festival was that it had the potential to reach half the population of the world that comes under the telecast shadow of the ABU member countries.

This year 120 Dancers from 11 countries including India presented 20 Dance Items/ Forms in the festival on 9th of March 2019 at hotel Taj Palace New Delhi.

This grand event was of two and half hour duration which was televised live on DD National from 6 PM onwards and also on all flagship channels of the ABU countries. I congratulate Prasar Bharti and Doordarshan on the grand success of the 2nd ABU International Dance Festival which was held at Hotel Taj Palace New Delhi on 9th March 2019. I also wish that 3rd ABU International Dance Festival will be a greater success and hosted by India again.
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