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The first ‘Festival of India in Oman’ is being organized during November 2016- March 2017 by the Embassy of India in Muscat with the support of Ministry of Culture, Government of India. The Festival comprises Indian Classical and Folk dances, Indian instrumental Music, an Exhibition of Indian calligraphy, an Indian Food Festival and a Fashion Show. The Festival is being organized with a view to present to the people of Oman glimpses of the diverse Indian Culture, representing various traditions of Indian cultural heritage. The cultural Events under the Festival are being held in Muscat and three other major cities of Oman i.e. Salalah, Sur and Sohar.

 

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H.E Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs of Oman, inaugurated the first ever ‘Festival of India in Oman’ in a ceremony organized by the Embassy of India in Muscat on 15 November at Al-Bustan Palace Amphitheatre. H.E. Abdulaziz bin Mohammed al-Rowas, Advisor to His Majesty for Cultural Affairs, was also present. Senior Officials of the Government of Oman, Ambassadors, members of Diplomatic Corps, prominent Omani businessmen, prominent Indians in Oman, persons from the field of art and culture and media persons were also present at the ceremony, attended by over 600 persons; the Amphitheatre was full to its capacity.The troupe then performed in Sohar, Sur and Salalah, which were well attended and appreciated. Click to watch the opening ceremony of the FESTIVAL OF INDIA IN OMAN

 

Inauguration of Islamic Calligraphy Exhibition as part of Festival of India by H.E Hassan bin Mohammed Ali Al Lawati, Adviser to Minister of Heritage & Culture of Oman on 21st November 2016. The exhibits being displayed are from the collection of Rampur Raza Library which will be open for public till 3rd December 2016 at Promenade Garden (level2) Oman Avenues Mall.

 

As a part of the first ever ‘Festival of India in Oman’ a ‘Semi–classical Music Concert’ by Dr. Soma Ghosh and her troupe was organized by Embassy of India, Muscat with support of India’s Ministry of Culture and Oman’s Ministry of Heritage and Culture, on Tuesday, 24 January 2017 at Al-Bustan Palace. The event, which was attended by over 500 persons including Omanis, diplomats and prominent Indians, was graced by the presence of senior Omani Officials including H.E. Dr. Abdullah Nasser Al Harrasi, Chairman of Public Authority for Radio and T.V; H.H. Sayyid Mohammed Salem Ali Al Said, Chief of Statistics and Standards Department; and H.E. Mohsin Khamis Al-Balushi, Advisor to Minister of Commerce & Industry. Dr Soma Ghosh gave an enthralling performance of semi classical music of different forms including Kajri, Ghazals, Thumri, Sufiana songs, and immortal Bollywood film songs. Her troupe, accompanied by a talented dancer, recreated scenes that typify the traditional Indian 'durbars'- the Royal Court Mehfils of Mughals. The troupe then performed in Sohar, Sur and Salalah, which were well attended and appreciated.Click to watch the performance by Padmashree Dr. Soma Ghosh and her Troupe at Al Bustan Palace on 24th January, 2017

 

 

An Evening with Indian Folk music and Dance from Jammu & Kashmir: A folk dance and music Troupe from State of Jammu and Kashmir of India gave a scintillating performance on Sunday, 12 February 2017, at Al-Bustan Palace, Muscat. The Troupe has also performed in Sohar and Sur and will perform in Salalah on February 14th February 2017. The Troupe presented a rich bouquet of folk dance and Music from different regions of Jammu & Kashmir, including Sufiana music, Rouff Dance, Hafiznagma dance, Bachha nagma Dance, Dogri dance, Bhoomra Dance etc. The performance was attended by over 600 persons, including diplomats and prominent Omanis and Indians. It was graced by the presence of H.E. Mohammed Yousuf Al Zarafi, Undersecretary for Administration and Finance Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and H.E. Amb. Sheikh Hilal Marhoon Salem Al Ma’amari, Chief of West Asia Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sultanate of Oman. The above performance was organized as a part of the first ever ‘Festival of India in Oman’ which is being organized by the Embassy of India in Muscat in cooperation with Ministry of Culture of India, from November 2016 to March 2017 in Muscat, Sohar, Sur and Salalah.Click to watch the performance by J&K Troupe at Hotel Al Bustan Palace in Muscat on 12th February, 2017

 

 

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The visiting folk music and dance troupe from Jammu and Kashmir gave its last performance in Salalah, hosted together by the Embassy of India Muscat and Indian Social Club Salalah on 14th February 2017. The performance was witnessed by over 400 Omani and Indian nationals.

 

A Yoga and Meditation Session was organized at Embassy Lawns on 11th February 2017 by Art of Living.