Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) tuned in to the psychic strings of the overseas Indians not only through the plenary sessions and redressal of their issues, but also provided an opportunity for the diaspora to witness the traditional dances and music of India and connect with the culture of their country of origin.
The 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) convention in Bengaluru served the Indian diaspora with investment opportunities, created connections with various government officials, provided solutions to their problems and explored the tourist potential of the country. However, one of the most important takeaways for the overseas Indians at the convention was also the cultural performances that reminded them of the diverse art forms in India and once again provided an opportunity to enjoy them live.
More than 30 million Indians living abroad are valued not just for their strength in numbers but also for how they retain and represent the best of Indian cultures, ethos and values, irrespective of their locations, and to keep them connected with these traditions, the PBD Convention welcomed thousands of delegates with a powerful cultural performance by local dance troupes to get people ready for an eventful day; where many of the youth diaspora from the audience also joined in.
On the first and second day of the event, following the addresses and sessions, was a special cultural programme organised by the Government of Karnataka to provide a glimpse of the rich and diverse tradition of varied art forms, music and cultures of India.
Apart from the traditional dance performances, the programme was also a portrayal of Hindustani and Carnatic music by vocalists who were accompanied by ancient Indian music instruments. The performances were both audio and visual treats and presented a wide-ranging mix of art forms including classical, semi-classical and folk dances.
The first cultural evening gave a glimpse of the rich and diverse traditions of music, cultures of southern India, fusion music, yoga and art forms from Karnataka and Maharashtra. The skills of artists illustrated years of practice and dedication towards their respective art forms.
The cultural programme was a melange of the affluent and variegated folk and classical dances and music forms covering the length and breadth of India, which included Kashmiri, Bhangra, Kathak, Kuchipudi, Bharatanatyam, Ghummar, Garba, Lavani, Manipuri and Dholcholam, amongst many others.
Apart from the cultural performances, traditional art and handicrafts were also displayed at state exhibitions, which along with showcasing the achievements of the government in various sectors, but also presented the artisanship of each state.
The vibrancy and colour of the performances and exhibitions provided not only entertainment but also a spiritual enlightenment to the diaspora.