Second Namaste Stockholm on May 21 a resounding Success

Second Namaste Stockholm on May 21 a resounding Success

Second Namaste Stockholm on May 21 a resounding Success

A colourful day-long Indian festival 'Namaste Stockholm' was organized in Stockholm on May 25 last year at Kungstradgarden (Royal Garden) in the heart of the city to build up to the first-ever state visit by the President of India to Sweden. It attracted more than ten thousand visitors. Its spectacular success inspired the Indian Embassy and its partners to organize the second Namaste Stockholm on May 21, 2016 which was an even bigger success with crowds thronging the park from morning till 10 PM at night.

The day began with Yoga at 830 hrs with more than a thousand Yoga enthusiasts joining the programme which concluded with an address by Swami Jyothirmay from the Art of Living on the spiritual dimension of Yoga.

The remainder of the day introduced the city dwellers to the four C's of India - Culture, Cuisine, Crafts and Choice of destinations that our colourful country offers.

From Noon till early evening, visitors enjoyed a non-stop cultural performance which included classical and popular genres of music and dances of India performed by local community groups as well as professional artistes from Sweden and India. Astad Deboo, the pioneer of modern dance in India was one of the star performers who inaugurated the programme with a dance inspired by a poem by Nobel Laureate Tagore which enthralled the audience.

After a short break, the cultural extravaganza resumed in the evening with an impressive and diverse programme which had the huge audience applauding again and again right till the end. The highlights included:

  • A fashion show which showcased the Young Creative India with the works of three bright students from the National Institute of Fashion Technology,
  • An exceptional fusion between Astad Deboo and two leading local musicians : Anders Hagberg on flute and saxophone and Ahmad Al Khatib on Oud;
  • 'Colours', a video-cum live dance and music presentation on India's "Unity in Diversity" through the music and dance of different states of India, and
  • A trailer of Bollywood Opera, created by Swedish Opera singer Charlotta Huldt, which adds Indian colours and music to an Opera by Rossini, a first musical creation of its kind.

Besides culture, the festival also presented travel opportunities in India with the active participation of the India Tourist Office. At the same time, Indian craftsmanship was showcased with two master craftsmen who were sent to Stockholm for this event by the Ministry of Textiles. Their impressive skills in the art of Kashmiri embroidery and in Miniature painting attracted the appreciation of the visitors.

The Embassy also showcased Indian spices, teas and coffees through attractive displays and explanations. Information about Yoga and Ayurveda was provided at two stands and also through seminars.

A taste of the diverse delicious flavours of Indian cuisines was provided by local organizations from different regions of India as well as some selected restaurants.

Last but not the least, the Make in India programme was publicised by using the logo in the T-shirts that were distributed during the event.