Bangkok Post reviews
Grand celebration of Indian culture
- Writer: Bangkok Post Editorial
- Published: August 14, 2013 at 8:02 am
Indian contemporary fashion and historic dance will be the highlights on the first day of "Incredible India Week" which opens tomorrow and continues until Sunday at Siam Paragon.
This will be a chance for Thais to witness glamorous Indian national costume with a contemporary twist by Joy Mitra and Vikram Phadnis, two of the most sought-after designers among Bollywood stars.
The fashion show will be staged only at the opening ceremony of "Incredible India Week" which is set for a 6pm start in the Hall of Mirrors, M floor. The latest collections by the two will be presented on the catwalk by Thai up-and-coming Bollywood star Sawika "Pinky" Chaidej and actress Pairaya "Poo" Suandokmai.
The opening night will also feature a performance of bharatanatyam, a classical dance form which originated in the Hindu temples of Tamil Nadu in southern India.
The dance encompasses music and rhythm characterised by powerful and dynamic geometrical and expressive movements and facial expressions.
The dancers will be accompanied by Carnatic music, a classical genre also from southern India. It is played on the veena (a stringed instrument which is plucked), flute, mridangam, double-sided drum and violin.
The four-day celebration will also feature snow-lion dance shows from Arunachal Pradesh and "Royal Fables", a display of India's rich cultural heritage including textiles, paintings, jewellery, costumes and fashion created by designers of royal descent. Both can be seen at the Hall of Fame, M floor.
In the Fashion Gallery on the first floor will be demonstrations by master craftsmen of ethnic handicrafts including silver-filigree ornaments, miniature paintings, Chikankari (delicate fabric embroidery), wood-carving calligraphy and metal carving. An extensive array of handicrafts will also be available for sale.
Showcased in the Lifestyle Hall on the second floor will be selection of the finest teas and coffee from Darjeeling and Assam. Also on offer will be travel packages and best deals from airlines to such destinations as Odisha ("the soul of India"), Sikkim in the Himalayas and Buddhist sites in Uttar Pradesh.
Visitors can also enjoy authentic Indian cuisine at "Taste of India" in the Food Fest Market Hall, G floor.
"Incredible India Week" is being presented by the Indian embassy to celebrate the country's Independence Day and to mark the historical and cultural ties that exist between India and Thailand.
For more information, call 02-610-8000.