Amritsar – Exhibiting a rare and magical performance, a fusion of Ecuadorian
dance and Punjab panorama was witnessed at local Khalsa College of
Education as artists from Latin American country and Punjab stormed
the stage together during Khalsa College International Folk
Festival-2011, organized at the main campus here today. The Bhangra,
Gidda and Ecuadorian fold dance Tierra Negra was performed at single
stage as nine-member folk dance troupe from Ecuador displayed their
art to loud clapping and applauds.
The folk festival was organized by the College in collaboration with
Punjab Cultural Promotion Council (PCPC). The aim of festival is to
create awareness and understanding of international cultural exchange
programs meant to generate universal brotherhood and peace through
medium of art, said Khalsa College Governing Council Honourary
Secretary Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina, who was chief guest at the
Ecuadorian artists, wearing the colourful and bright clothe took to
the stage with full enthusiasm and won the heart with the foot-tapping
dances and melodious singing in Spanish, the primary language of the
Ecuador. They later intermingled with the artists from Khalsa College
of Education, main campus and Ranjit Avenue campus, who performed
Gidda to the appreciation of all. The audience included students,
teachers and other dignitaries of the college.
Principal of the College, Dr. Jaswinder Singh Dhillon said that such
cultural exchange programs help in building up an understanding of the
various cultures and finally international cooperation. He said they
were organizing this 21st such program of international level to
create better understanding of the diverse cultures and societies.
“In this way we are understanding their (Ecuador) culture and they
are appreciating our way of life. These programs are not merely meant
for the recreation but for helping to generate a sense of universal
brotherhood’’, said he.
Chhina during his address said that coming together of the various
cultures, is need of the hour in the present world, which is becoming
a global village. The Ecuadorian delegation was led by International
Folk Ensemble Director Carlos Jonathan Minota. He said they were happy
to perform here before the live audience and were enthralled by the
Punjabi music and dance, which they witnessed while sitting in the
audience after their performances culminated.
PCPC director Dr Davinder Singh Chhina said the their aim is to bring
artists of the world together for the international harmony and peace.
He said the delegation was here for the ten days and they were happy
that their 100th function was performed at Khalsa College, which is
doing a yeoman’s service in the field of education and culture in the
Others present at the function included Joint Secretary, (Legal and
Properties) Ajmer Singh Heir, Principal of Khalsa College of
Education, Ranjit Avenue, Surinderpal Kaur Dhillon, Professor SS
Chhina and Dr. Balwinder Singh. The stage was managed by Professor
(Dharminder Singh Rataul)