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Dancing to the rhythm of India-Spain ties

Flamenco-India” – Dancing to the rhythm of India-Spain ties

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It&’s a vibrant cultural coming together of India and Spain. Graceful Kathak and Bharatnatyam dancers share the stage with stylish Flamenco dancers for ‘Flamenco-India’, a scintillating dance performance that had a 1,000-plus audience mesmerized in Spain&’s Valladolid city.

‘Flamenco-India’, to celebrate 60 years of India-Spain diplomatic ties, was performed at Valladolid in October last year for four days, and each day the audience gave a standing ovation that lasted 15 minutes. Flamenco-India is set to be performed in India in September this year and would tour some of the metros.

“The show got a  standing ovation on each day, which is the best proof of its success,” said Oscar Puente Santiago, the Mayor of Valladolid, northwestern Spain’s biggest city. Santiago himself attended the performance each evening, from October 1-4 last year, and later went backstage to congratulate the dancers.

"It is magical when two cultures meet,” said Santiago at an event here on Monday evening. What was remarkable about the performance was that each dance form retained its essence. “In Flamenco-India, Flamenco goes its own way, and the Indian dance forms go their own way, but it mixes surprisingly well,” he added.

Flamenco-India, created and directed by Spanish filmmaker Carlos Saura, was performed by 28 artistes, 14 from each country. The dancers had six weeks to practice their moves and bring together the amalgamation of the very different dance forms.

Magdalena Cruz Yabar, the Charge d’affaires of the Spanish Embassy here,  said that both India and Spain have agreed to hold special events to celebrate the 60th anniversary of their diplomatic ties. Both sides have also got a special logo, with the colours of the flags of both countries.

Yabar said that several events have been planned to mark the 60th anniversary of ties, including political, economic, cultural and in the field of science and tech.

“We are proud of Flamenco-India event. It is a very good sign of collaboration between the countries,” she said.

Guillermo Rodriguez Martin, the director of Casa de la India, which along with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) helped organize Flamenco-India, said the performance was a “tour de force” and brought out the unique essence of both art forms. It was performed at the famed Calderon theatre in Valladolid. The performance also included Chhau dancers from India.

Sanjoy K Roy, head of Teamwork Art, one of the organisers, said India and the city of Valladolid inked an MoU to host Flamenco-India. He said the city of Valladolid with its palaces, rivers, forests, rolling hills and fields had everything to boost such cultural events, in addition to the connectivity, food, hotels and other facilities.

Roy said a film version of Flamenco-India was also in the works.