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'It's most amazing to be alive...'

The cultural evening of the fourth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas enthralled one and all, reports Vibhuti Agarwal.

india Updated: Jan 08, 2006 15:16 IST

The first cultural evening of the 4th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, kicked off to an impressive but chaotic start. Delegates continued to flow into the main venue at the sprawling Sanjeevayya Park, Necklace Road in Hyderabad.

The function got off to a mellifluous start with a classical Kuchipudi performance. The show organised by a London-based group 'Anjali' enthralled the audience with their rare dance presentation. This was followed by a Kathak performance where, a group from Durban, 'Nateshwara' displayed spectacular feats.

There was a poetic touch to the entire evening as the NRIs trooped into the hall, setting a stage which provides theatre groups an audience. The musical fiesta 'Siddhartha - The Last Summer in the Palace,' showcased the life of Prince Siddhartha and ended with his becoming The Buddha. The fusion music was composed as a tribute to the overseas Indian delegates.

The performing artists included Kelly Dorji, Preeti Jhangiani, Kin Sharma, and Lilette Dubey among others. The full stage setting was in white, while the dancers appeared wearing richly-clad clothes and ornaments. The music show composed by Raju Singh and choreographed by Saroj Khan, charmed the crowd for 45 minutes.

Finally, as the weary crowd trudged towards a night's sleep and another jampacked day, some nostalgic NRIs decided it was a night not to waste but to make most of the time. And so, sitting here after the first day of PBD, Sharmishtha recalls, "It's most amazing to be alive!"

First Published: Jan 08, 2006 15:16 IST