India showcased confluence of cultures with Sangam festival in Sri Lanka
Six months long festival of India in Sri Lanka was inaugurated in Colombo on November 2015 with a mosaic of Indian classical dance performances. The festival was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Sri Lanka in March 2015.
Chief Guest at the inaugural ceremony, former Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga Bhandarnayake said that such events helps bring the people of two countries closer together.
The theme of the Festival is "Sangam: a confluence of cultures of India and Sri Lanka”. The inaugural event, "Nrityarupa", performed at hill town of Kandy at the coastal city of Galle.
Nrityarupa was conceived by Sangeet Natak Akademi and has included six dance forms - Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Odissi, Manipuri, Kathakali and Chhau.
Chief Guest at the function, former President of Sri Lanka Chandrika Kumaratunga Bhandarnayake said that this festival will be an occasion to celebrate the common and shared heritage between the two countries. She hoped that the various events in festival will be accessible to a large number of Sri Lankan people and will bring the two nations closer together
The festival will continue for the next six months. Among the major events planned for the festival are-
• Participation of Indian authors and a performance by singer Sonam Kalra at the Galle Literary Festival in January
• A musical performance in Colombo on the occasion of Republic Day
• Two exhibitions, one on Digital India and one on legacy of Cricket, in February 2016