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A cultural extravaganza

Enjoy a Latin American dance and music festival this weekend

art and culture Updated: Apr 06, 2012 03:41 IST
Chirag Mohanty Samal
Chirag Mohanty Samal
Hindustan Times
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Dancers and musicians from Argentina, Mexico and Colombia will enthrall the residents of the city from April 7-9. These artists are in the Capital to be a part of the first Fiesta Latino Americano festival, which is being organised by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). The three day long festival will give a sneak peek into the cultural diversity of Latin America.

LatinoSpeaking about the event, Dr Suresh K Goel, Director General ICCR, says, "The festival is a result of a dialogue between Indian ambassadors in Latin America, some Latin American ambassadors in Delhi and ICCR. The consensus was on the need to give a broader exposure to the unique and vibrant cultural forms from Latin American countries. People from that part of the world have a great sense of rhythm, beat and tempo, just like Indians."

While the Colombian culture will be brought alive by the band Mama Julia, which specialises in Afro-Colombian music and salsa, Argentinian flamboyance will be represented by Enrique Cuttini, a national music professor, piano specialist and choral director, who will combine tango with some powerful music and poetry. The festival will also see some Mexican performers showcasing a medley of dance styles such as Ranchero, Norteno and Jarocho from different parts of the country, along with folkloric music.

"I am happy that Colombia, Argentina and Mexico have agreed to participate in this festival. It is satisfying to see them finally coming together in the manner it was conceived on paper," says Dr Goel.

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Fact file

What: Fiesta Latino Americano, a festival of Latin American music & dance

When: April 7-9

Where: Siri Fort Auditorium

Timings: 7pm onwards

Entry: Free (Passes to be collected from ICCR, Azad Bhavan, IP Estate)

Nearest Metro Station: Hauz Khas on the Yellow Line

First Published: Apr 05, 2012 19:03 IST