The programme was co-hosted by the Union of Friendship Organization of Can Tho City and the Consulate General of India in Ho Chi Minh City in celebration of the 50th founding anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and India (1972).

In his opening remarks, Nguyen Thuc Hien, Vice Chairman of the Municipal Administration, highlighted the importance of the cultural event in helping Vietnamese people gain a greater understanding of Indian culture, whilst simultaneously promoting mutual understanding and fostering friendship between the two countries.

Present at the event, Madan Mohan Sethi, the Consul General of India in Ho Chi Minh City, highlighted the significance of the art programme that was held in tandem with a webinar on investment and trade promotion between India and Can Tho City. This initiative is instrumental in strengthening and reinforcing the long-standing relationship between the two countries.

The programme would help promote the effective cooperation that exists between Vietnamese and Indian partners, strengthening the ties between the two nations and bolstering the work of the Indian diplomat.

Bharatanatyam is an Indian classical dance form that originated in Tamil Nadu. This traditional dance form is known for its grace, purity, and intricate footwork. The word Bharatam is also seen as a backronym, with ‘bha’ standing for bhavam (feelings and emotions), ‘ra’ for ragam (melody or framework for musical notes), and ‘tam’ for talam (rhythm). This traditional dance form is a perfect combination of physical, mental, and spiritual elements that bring together the essence of Indian culture.

With six performances each lasting seven to 15 minutes, the Indian repertoire group enthralled audiences with their captivating Indian stories.