What are regional folk dances of India

Folk dances from India

Hochfeld (cpg) Gestures and facial expressions are enchanting, and the colorful robes of the dancers enhance the encounter with the Indian dance group "Kalai Kaviri" in the parish hall of St. Peter and Paul at the event organized by the Missio Mission. The occasion is World Mission Day.

The young actors from the southern Indian state of Nandu succeed in bringing the magic of India to Schweinfurt. The audience enthusiastically follows the dance scenes that express "giving" and "receiving" or the search for water and the joy of the rain.

The one-and-a-half hour program confronts Indian culture, which is sustainably expressed in dance. It is also a medium for conveying religious content, because according to Indian ideas, people identify with the divine in dance.

In classical Bharatanatyam dance, the dancers' gestures and posture are subject to fixed rules. For the performance in St. Peter and Paul, the group rehearsed expressive folk dances and choreographed them themselves, and at the end there is an experimental mix of Western dances to Indian music and Indian dances to Western music on the program. Continuous applause.

The dance group, to which both Christians and Hindus belong, dedicates itself to evangelism in the country and promotes interreligious dialogue with their performances.

During the service that preceded the event in the parish hall, the celebrating Indian priest Paul Inje emphasized the special importance of dance in Indian culture.

With him the inculturation of Christianity in Indian life courses succeeds, because the population experiences the church as identical with Indian culture.

The dance group "Kalai Kaviri" maintains its own recognized dance school, whose students receive a university diploma after successful attendance.

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