KOTA KINABALU – In the Festival of India in Malaysia recently, the audience was mesmerised by the energetic and astonish performance of the Bhangra and Giddha.
Bhangra is a dance usually performed during the harvest festival or better known as Vaisakhi; through time the dance eventually became a dance performed at weddings and New Year celebrations. The performance accompanied by folk singing and music instruments from a dhol (drum) and a chimta (iron scissors plate).
The Giddha is a popular folk dance performed by the Punjab women. It is derived from an ancient ring dance tell a story about the Punjabi life.
Meanwhile, the Indian High Commissioner T.S. Tirumurti said the festival allows Malaysian to experience Indian culture and arts up-close as they bring it live on centre stage.
“We wanted to bring India here so that we can increase the linkage between India and Sabah – the people-to-people links,” he said.
The show will be brought to various places in Malaysia such as Penang, Melaka, Johor Baru, Ipoh, Kedah, Seremban and Klang Valley for three months starting mid of March.
Last year the High Commission of India open up an out sourcing agency in Kota Kinabalu in the initiative to ease the residence of Sabah to obtain Visa without traveling to Kula Lumpur. – By Fizah Yusof/SayangSabah