India’s 73rd Independence Day anniversary Indian community marks occasion with cultural show | 22 August 2019
As part of the celebrations to mark India’s 73rd Independence Day on August 15, the Indian community in Seychelles hosted a cultural show on Sunday.
The event, which was free, had been organised by the Indian Association of Seychelles in collaboration with the Hindu Council.
The cultural show is the first event organised by the Indian Association – now led by new chairman, Jamshed Pardiwala – since the election of its new executive committee.
Invited guests included Designated Minister Macsuzy Mondon and the high commissioner of India to Seychelles, General Dalbir Singh Suhag.
The dance performances were choreographed to depict the symbiotic relationship between Seychelles and India, and how that relationship has evolved over time.
The show kicked off with a traditional Indian performance highlighting women empowerment followed by a beautiful patriotic dance performance by young toddlers.
Although they were comfortably sitting in their seats at the ICCS, audience members were transported to India through a medley performance displaying traditional dances from seven Indian states.
They travelled through the most northern state of Kashmir, through Eastern Bengal and Assam, Rajasthan, the land of the Maharajas, Punjab and concluding their journey in Tamil Nadu, Mahrashtra and Gujarat.
Performances also comprised a classical fusion dance, a contemporary piece and the Seychellois famous kanmtole.
The night ended in a colourful showcase of Indian fashion.
The show had been preceded by the lighting of lamp and a number of speeches.
In his speech, HC Suhag noted the ways in which India's engagements with Seychelles have transformed and expanded, from historical colonial and trade links to a strong, modern Indo-Seychellois mutual relationship.
There are presently close to 10,000 Indian citizens holding Gainful Occupation Permits (GOPs) in Seychelles, which are mostly in the construction and hospitality sector. Meanwhile Seychellois are now used to seeing friendly faces of Indian migrants and expatriates in local shops.
«The Indian Diaspora is visible in all walks of life and is well known for its professionalism and hard-work. Apart from working tirelessly for the economic growth of Seychelles, the Indian Diaspora has also been quite active in public life. The prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards conferred on Dr V. Ramadoss in 2006 and Justice D. Karunakaran in 2015,» he further stated.
The accompanying photographs show some highlights of the cultural evening.