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Arabian sights in Delhi!

Art, artists and the best of Saudi Arabia comes to the Capital in an ongoing cultural festival. From exhibitions of photographs, calligraphy and comics to cultural events the Capital is ready to host a first of its kind Saudi Cultural Week.

art and culture Updated: Sep 29, 2011 01:04 IST
Vaishali Bhambri

Here is your chance to experience Saudi Arabia while you are still in Delhi. From exhibitions of photographs, calligraphy and comics to cultural events the Capital is ready to host a first of its kind Saudi Cultural Week.

The Cultural Week, which is being hosted by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), was inaugurated on Sunday. Various visual artworks by Saudi Arabia’s known artists are being displayed at the event. The artworks include plastic art, children art, photography, and exhibition of two old mosque pictures. “The idea behind the Week is to popularise the culture and tradition of this Gulf country in India,” says Suresh K Goel, director general, ICCR.

An exclusive fashion exhibition will also be organised to show Saudi Arabia’s traditional dresses such as Taif, Saya, Men Meshah, Jazan T-shirt, and Mozanaf. “These traditional dresses depict the rich cultural heritage of the country,” says Goel.

To add the flavour of the Saudi cuisine to the celebrations, the holy Zamzam water from Mecca is also being served at the event. This water is accompanied by special Arabic coffee and dates, served by people dressed in the traditional dress worn at Mecca.

“The entire place is done up in such a way that it looks like Saudi Arabia. We have also set up Arabic tents where artists narrate folklores and present cultural dance and music performances. A group of 88 artists will be performing today,” Goel says.

The event also has six trained artists from Saudi Arabia, who apply Henna on women’s hand. “All the women visiting the venue around this time can get free Henna art done,” Goel adds.