GUESTS were recently treated to a colourful feast of cultural performances at the Indian Cultural Centre, Kuala Lumpur’s fourth anniversary celebration.
The event held in Universiti Malaya was attended by India’s Ministry of External Affairs joint secretary Sanjay Bhattacharya.
The highlights of the celebration included a yoga-inspired performance, various Indian dance forms and classical Indian music performances.
Also present were Indian High Commissioner to Malaysia T.S. Tirumurti and India International Bank (Malaysia) Bhd chief executive officer and managing director T.N. Ramakumar.
In his speech, Tirumurti quoted Mahathma Gandhi on the importance of preserving any culture.
He said the centre was doing its part to help share the tapestry of Indian culture with the public.
“‘I want the cultures of all lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any’... those were the words of Ghandi.
“The Indian Cultural Centre, Kuala Lumpur started four years ago and has come far since,” he said.
Tirumurti also thanked renowned local personalities such as Sutra Dance Foundation artistic director Datuk Ramli Ibrahim, Temple of Fine Arts president V. Kanagasivam, Akademi Seni Budaya and Warisan Kebangsaan (Aswara) Dance Company artistic director Joseph Gonzales for their active involvement in keeping the cultural arts scene alive.
The night started with a yoga-inspired dance peformance by the Manasa Yoga group, which was founded in 1990 by Manoj Kaimal from Kerala, India.
This was followed by a Bharatanatyam performance by Aswara students.
Later, the women of the Indian Cultural Centre captivated the audience with a Kathak dance performance choreographed by Pandit Sontosh Kumar Chatterjee.
Classical Indian music lovers were not forgotten as the celebration also featured a line-up of vocal and instrumental performances by members of the Indian Cultural Centre and the Temple of Fine Arts.