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Sights and sounds of India at Plaza House

Date Posted: 2011-06-23

Classical Indian dance, music, movies, food and yoga are all awaiting visitors to the Plaza House in Okinawa City this weekend’s Indian Culture and Classical Dance Festival.

Sponsored by the Okinawa-India Friendship Association Exchange, the Saturday and Sunday festival is pure, authentic India. The festival is free, and features artists, musicians and artisans from India. Organizers invite Okinawa to enjoy the sounds of India, experiencing the mysterious country’s customs, cultural life style and of course, the music and dance.

Indian goods will be on sale at the event, with stages and screens set for classical Indian dancing and Indian movies. Indian yoga experts will introduce visitors to the ancient practices.

The India Culture and Classical Dance Festival opens at 12:30 p.m. Saturday with Indian dance. Throughout the afternoon, until 7 p.m., there will be exhibitions of Indian furniture and household goods, foods and a picture exhibit. Workshop on Indian lifestyle, culture, foods and dance starts at 1:15 p.m., followed by the Indian Yoga Experience at 2:15 p.m. An opening ceremony at 3:30 p.m. gets the fun really started.

Indian classical dance performances start at 3:30 p.m., followed at 4:30 p.m. by dance during which visitors can participate. There will also be opportunities for visitors to wear the Indian Sari. In mid-afternoon, the Indian movie “Gandhi” will be showing.

Organizers say Sunday’s schedule of events is roughly the same, except starting earlier. The Indian dance begins at 11 a.m., while the furniture and goods exhibit runs 11:30 a.m. ~ 6 p.m. The workshops on Indian lifestyle, culture, foods and dance begin at noon, followed by Indian yoga at 12:45 p.m. More Indian classical dance is on tap at 1:30 p.m., followed by audience participation dance at 2:10 p.m. Screening of the movie “Gandhi” also starts at 2 pm.

Additional information about the Okinawa-India Friendship Exchange Association is available from their office, (098) 982-5951.

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