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'Namaste Israel' to perform in India

india Updated: Dec 11, 2007 22:46 IST

The 'Namaste Israel' group, a cultural troupe comprising mostly of youth of Indian origin, will perform in different Indian cities to celebrate 60 years of Independence of India and Israel and 15 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The dancing troupe, which will perform shows in New Delhi, Shillong and Mumbai, has been an integral part of Indian independence and Republic Day celebrations in Israel for the past four years.

After enthralling locals here on the beats of popular Bollywood music, the group will be joining hands with Israel Folklore Dancing Group during the performances in India, showcasing diversity of the people of Israel and their cultural roots and heritage.

The two groups will be jointly performing in New Delhi on December 13, Shillong on December 15 and in Mumbai on December 18.

"I am very excited on my first visit to India. I was born here but speak Hindi, eat Indian food and was raised on a staple diet of Indian music. Finally my dreams have come true," said David Nigrekar, a Jew of Indian origin and founder of the 'Namaste Israel' group.

"We have perfomed in the United States, Canada and several other cities of Europe and everytime we met Indian origin people, they were amazed to know that there are people here who can speak Hindi," Nigrekar, who is also active in Israel folklore dancing group, said.