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International Ethnic Folklore Festival 2017: A combination of entertainment and creativity of worldwide folklore groups on Indian stage
International Ethnic Folklore Festival (IEFF) 2017 hosted national as well international artists from various countries who performed world folklore on Indian stage.

The event was organized at Siri Fort Auditorium located in the heart of India’s capital New Delhi on October 13, 2017.

To promote and introduce India’s rich and unique customs & traditions, the event was organized by Shrustii Multicultural Centre, a Non-Profitable Organization which has been organizing the festival since 2015.

Around 150 international performers from Poland, Mexico, French Polynesia, Iran, Indonesia, Ecuador, Morocco and Philippines participated in the 3rd edition of IEFF where the artists performed a variety of dances on the live classical music of their respective countries.

The combination of entertainment and an outstanding creative level of participants’ performance won the hearts of the audience and mind as well.

A range of Indian folk dances such as Punjabi ‘Bhangra’, ‘Giddha’; Maharashtrian ‘Lavani’; Rajasthani ‘Ghumar’, Chirmi among others were performed by the young, energetic and talented artists on the stage which cannot be described in words.

On the other hand, Polish traditional folk dance – ‘Krakowiak’ performed by artists from Poland was just simply awesome that grabbed everyone’s attention during the event. Krakowiak is performed by several couples in which the men, tapping their heels or dancing a few steps, sing a melody from an established repertory with newly improvised words addressed to their partner. The band follows the melody, and the couples move off in file and form a circle (with the leading couple back at the band). Thereafter verses are sung and played in alternation, the couples circulating during the played verses.

Apart from that, folk dances of Mexico, Indonesia, Philippines and France also attracted the attention of the audience with their high artistic dancing skills, exquisite costumes and great creative quality of their presentations.

Indonesia’s ‘Likok Puloe’ was one of the best international folk dances. The word ‘Likok’ refers to dance movement and ‘Puloe’ means island. The folk dance comes from the coast of Aceh and is traditionally performed during the harvesting season.

Overall, the unique format of the IEFF along with the performances by extremely talented creative folklore groups from all corners of the globe was just great in itself.

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