The Indonesian Student Association in India (PPI-India) successfully enlivened the 19th Global Female Folk Dance Competition and Carnival cultural competition in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh State, on January 3-7, 2019.
This dance festival devoted to women features a variety of traditional dances from nine participating countries, namely Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Czech, Estonia, India, Indonesia, Egypt, Nepal and Thailand.
The Indonesian team, which performed Ratoh Jaroe (Aceh) and Gemu Famire (East Nusa Tenggara) dances combined with attractive costumes, impressed the audience. Even the visitors participated in demonstrating the Saman dance movement and swayed when Gemu Famire was sung.
This dance festival is organized by the Charu Castle Foundation in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, UNESCO New Delhi Office, CIOFF INDIA which is an accredited partner by UNESCO, Sanget Natak Akademi, and DLF Public School, Ghaziabad, with the theme “Unity in Diversity “.
In addition to promoting and preserving cultural heritage, through this activity three key messages were presented, including women empowerment, fighting discrimination against women, and education priorities for girls.
According to. Kapur V. Bhan, Chief Organizer, compared to the previous event, this cultural event became the biggest, not only because of the increasing number of participants from overseas, but also in 2019 was the first competition and there were carnivals.
In the carnival activities, all participants rallied along the road to the city crowds by exhibiting various unique cultural costumes and becoming the pride of the participants.
Through this rally, a message was given to the public about the spirit of “Save Girl Child”, Indonesia, represented by 12 srikandi from Aligarh Muslim Indonesia (AMU), wearing various Indonesian traditional costumes from Sabang to Merauke.
“Thank you for the support of the Indonesian Embassy in New Delhi, we are happy to have the opportunity to showcase the richness of Indonesian culture in this event. Thankful we can perform optimally and get second place, hopefully next year we can win first place, “said Cut Dinda Gestri Febrina, an Acehnese student who is also the manager of a team of Indonesian student dancers, in an official statement on Tuesday (01/08/2019).
Participation in this event is the opening gong of cultural activities followed by the Indian PPI in early 2019. Next there are a number of other cultural events in several Indian states whose plans will also be followed by Indonesian students in India.
The participation is one of the efforts and forms of active participation of Indonesian students to contribute to popularizing the treasures of Indonesia’s cultural wealth to the Indian public. (rls / bas)