Artists from nine countries perform at dance festival

Hyderabad, January 16: Nearly 50 dance artists from nine countries enthralled the audience at the first edition of ABU International Dance Festival (AIDF).

Prasar Bharati, India’s Public Service Broadcaster, is hosting the festival, whose finale began at Shilpa Kalavedika on Sunday night.

Dancers from Maldives, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Philippines, Fiji, Azerbaijan, Malaysia, India and Indonesia held the audience captive with their scintillating performance.

Fiji’s traditional Meke dance grabbed the eyeballs.

AIDF is showcasing traditional and contemporary dance performances by artistes of nine countries across the Asia- pacific region.

The event is being organised by the Asia- Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), a non-profit, non-government, professional association to assist the development of broadcasting in the region.

All participating dance groups are between the age group of 18 to 25 years.

The objective of dance festival is to create a ‘bridge’ between young people from different parts of the world, through dance as an international language, said ABU.

Inaugurating the festival, M. Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting said that the dance is a universal language. It is an expression of culture. This art form gives mental happiness. It is a combination of mind and body, he asserted.

JavadMottaghi, Secretary General Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) said that the Dance Festival is conceptualized so as to bring the cultural diversities from across the world into limelight, by breaking cultural barriers.

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