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These photos of French dancers performing Sambalpuri folk dance at Eiffel Tower are ‘magnifique’

Photos of French dancers performing Sambalpuri folk dance, Dalkhai, at The Eiffel Tower, have received overwhelming response on Facebook

art and culture Updated: May 31, 2017 16:28 IST
French dancers performing Sambalpuri folk dance at the Eiffel Tower, Paris. Credit: Mahina Khanum (Facebook)
French dancers performing Sambalpuri folk dance at the Eiffel Tower, Paris. Credit: Mahina Khanum (Facebook)

Spectators were enthralled by French dancers who performed the Sambalpuri folk dance in front of the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris on May 26. Photos of the dancers, clad in ‘Pasapalli’ sarees, have been doing the rounds on social media websites and the French are calling them “magnifique”.

Here’s a peek:

The troupe of 13 dancers was led by internationally acclaimed Odissi dancer Saswat Joshi and Paris-based Odia dancer Mahina Khanum.

The photos, shared on Facebook by Khanum , received over 1,900 reactions and 552 shares in a few days. The comments section was flooded with praises and appreciation, with many users describing the dance as “maginifique”, “superbes” and “beautiful”.

Sambalpuri folk dance owes its origin to the western part of Odisha. This dance is usually performed during festivals such as Dussehera.

The performance was part of a week-long celebration of Odisha dance week in Paris.