Egypt and India fuse in cultural festival

17th Apr 2013

Egypt and India: separately, they are two of the world's most diverse, fascinating and exciting cultures; so imagine what they could do together.

Imagine no longer - that's exactly what is happening right now in the Egyptian city of Cairo.

The month-long India By The Nile Festival launched on Sunday (April 13), making Cairo the tailor-made holiday place to be for lovers of the two cultures this spring.

It showcases the diversity of their culture, entertainment, arts, music and cuisine to build lasting partnerships between the two ancient civilisations.

Highlights include a Bollywood workshop by Gilles Chuyen, a performance of music and dance called Bollywood fusion which is presented together with Cairo Opera Ballet Company dancers.

Akshara's exhibition of visual arts will provide calligraphy in crafts, and Indian and Egyptian authors will join in conversation during a literature forum.

Today's India, through the eyes of Egyptians, represents a nation which has become an economic and political powerhouse without compromising its tradition and heritage.

Indian ambassador to Egypt, Navdeep Suri promises the festival will be "only the beginning".

Suri said these associations between Indian artistes and their Egyptian counterparts will build enduring partnerships.

He added: "Experiences will be shared to build sustainable livelihoods through handicrafts, and writers and intellectuals will exchange ideas on democracy, pluralism, economics and gender equality."

The festival finishes on May 13.

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