India, which is known for its varied languages, witnessed dance performances by warrior dancers from Georgia, who danced on the steps of mekhla-clad Bihu performers from Assam on the rhythms of the dhol.
This year, the theme of the International Festival of Languages and Colours (IFLC), which aims to spread the message of global peace and cultural harmony is "The World is one family" or "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam".
Details of "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam":
- As many as 400 students from 17 nations participated
- The event started up with the songs on the theme of 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam'
- At the end of the event, participants sang, danced and acted to build universal harmony and brotherhood
- The event was attended by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal , Venkaiah Naidu (Minister of Parliamentary Affairs), Sushma Swaraj (Minister of External Affairs), Mahesh Sharma (Minister of Tourism and Culture), Najma Heptullah (Minister of Minority Affairs) and others.
- The mega program was organised by a non-profit and nongovernmental organisation, the Educational Endowment Trust (EET) along with the Ministry of Culture and the UN Information Centre for India and Bhutan
- Also, students represented their culture through various music and folk dances from countries like Belarus, India and Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Germany, Bulgaria, Kyrgyzstan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Tanzania, Tunisia, Ukraine, Georgia, Russia, Hungary and USA
- While inaugurating the event, Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptullah said, "I am amassed to see the spirit of these young students? in fact, they are the real emissaries of peace, who represents not a country or state, but the entire universe."
Previous year events:
- In 2003, IFLC started with students participating from 17 countries
- Last year, 145 countries participated with around 2000 candidates
- In 2016, IFLC will be organised in 30 countries, in over 60 venues
Further, he added, "We believe that these ideas will be harvested in the future as friendship."
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