The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) is all geared up for the India-Africa summit that will be held here next week.
The civic body will showcase cultural treat for the public focusing on the theme of the confluence of cultures. Apparently, NDMC has also decided to inaugurate India-Africa Friendship Rose Garden at Shanti Path (Near Belgium Embassy), on Sunday, 25 October which will be inaugurated by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
"Ambassadors or High commissioners of all nations will be given saplings to plant in the rose garden, which will be a symbol of friendship between Africa and India," said Chanchal Yadav, Secretary, NDMC.
She added, "We have lined up a host of activities on the sidelines of the summit to offer a cultural treat to the people. While some performances have been planned in Connaught Place’s Central Park, some are being organised at Nehru Park in Chanakyapuri and Talkatora Stadium."
She said, "Besides the cultural spectacle, NDMC has also lined up a digital interaction for Delhi residents with the citizens of Lagos in Nigeria. We are making arrangements at Central Park, where a large screen will be set up and group video- conferencing will be organised."
NDMC, the India-Africa Summit Cell of the Ministry of External Affairs and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations are organising the programmes in collaboration with Delhi International Arts Festival (DIAF).
The activities include a play, ‘Barrister at Law’, written by KA Abbas based on the stay of Mahatma Gandhi in Africa, which was staged today at Nehru Park by Akshara Theatre. Also tomorrow, bands from Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana and India will be performing at the same venue while, on 26 October, the audience will be enthralled by musicians and dancers from Rwanda, South Africa, Ghana and India.
While 26 and 27 October will see folk dance performances and international music performances, respectively, by DIAF artistes, Delhi’ites will be able to enjoy a choreographed show, ‘Africa in India’, on 31 October.
"Africa in India’ is a specially-choreographed performance by artistes from many African countries such as Zambia, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya and Congo. These performances will first be staged in Rashtrapati Bhawan for all heads of government from African countries and special invitees. These recitals are being organised by us for public on October 31 in Nehru Park," Yadav said.