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October 18, 2019
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Celebrating the Light of Wisdom. Inspired by the grand success of the past 10 years, we have immense pleasure in announcing this year’s Deepavali Utsav-2019, a mega cultural extravaganza which will be held on 18th October (Friday) from 5.00 PM to 11.00 PM at Etisalat Academy, Dubai With Diversity being the theme of the event, India is a unique example of multitude of faiths co-existing harmoniously enlivening linguistics, cultural and demographic identities. The theme Diversity will be brought to the fore through dances from various Indian States by teams who will showcase their talents on this glamorous occasion. Come join us for an evening of fun and participate in an array of traditional games, treat yourself at the food mela, witness the energetic folk dances of various states along with the thematic dance competition and last but not the least, groove to a live performance by the versatile and talented Bollywood singer Vijay Prakash! Tickets priced at AED 20, 50 and 100. Kids under 4 enter for free! LIVE CONCERT Vijay Prakash is a playback singer from Karnataka, He has sung in many films in Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, English, Hindi and Marathi languages He is one of four singers credited for the song, “Jai Ho”, which won the 2008 Academy Award for Best Original Song, also won the 52nd “Grammy Awards” in the category “Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media He is a classical performer, also performs fusion concerts regularly in various prestigious venues including world famous Woodstock festival which is held in Poland RANGOLI COMPETITION Rangoli is a folk art from India. Rangoli are decorative designs made on the floors of living rooms and courtyards during Indian festivals. They are regarded as sacred and drawn near the welcoming areas for the guests and relatives. The ancient symbols have been passed on through the ages, from each generation to the next, thus keeping both the art form and tradition alive. The patterns are typically created with materials including coloured rice, dry flour, coloured sand or even flower petals. Rangoli and similar practices are often followed in different Indian states. Rangoli will start in the afternoon, around 3pm, and we are counting on more than 100 teams to participate this year TRADITIONAL GAMES OF INDIA India has rich heritage of traditional sports and games which are widely played in rural & urban areas enhancing affinity & spirit of community living among the society. Variety of indoor and outdoor games played using localized easily available accessories are hallmarks of Indian soil. Games like Kabbadi, Khokho, Goli, Ghilli-Danda and even the indoor games like Snake and Ladder (Indian tradition), Shatranj are barely played these days. These games imbibe rich culture and heritage values and are even tools for passing on ancestral knowledge through simple mechanism and build team spirits with care & share attitude from an early stage of life. They sharpen motor & soft skills unlike the hit and run games of the west that are uni-dimensional and strengthen only hand – eye coordination. In order to keep our current and future generations aware such traditional Indian games and their unique benefits, we will make an arrangement to play some of the traditional games during this event. Games will be organized from 3pm onwards specially for young children offering them a chance to see or play these kinds of games. Adults are welcome to try their skills & revive old memories. CULTURAL PROGRAMME In India, there is amazing cultural diversity throughout the country. Every state across India is having distinct culture and has carved out its own cultural niche. Hardly there is any country in the world, like India, which has such diversified and unique cultural traditions. Entire culture of India is scientific in nature and processes involved expand mind and spirit promising full realization of soul and heart. Our programs consist mostly folk dances which is largely an oral tradition, have been historically learnt and passed down from one generation to the next through word of mouth and joint practice. A few of them also have songs, either sung by themselves or by onlookers. The costumes vary from traditional saris of a particular pattern to skirts and blouses with mirror work for women and corresponding dhotis and upper-wear for men. Lot of the dance styles depend upon the regional positioning of the ethnic group.


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LOCATION Etisalat Academy - Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Road (E311), Exit 60,Muhaisanah 2 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates


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