TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Despite soggy conditions, organizers estimate approximately 800 people still braved the wet weather to attend the first-ever India Spring Carnival in New Taipei on Saturday.
Held in New Taipei's Citizen Square, the event kicked off with an opening ceremony attended by Mayor of New Taipei City, Dr Eric Liluan Chu (朱立倫). In his remarks, Mayor Chu said: "Through this event, citizens of New Taipei City will have the opportunity of experiencing the rich cultural heritage of ancient Indian civilization."
New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu with performers from Indian Spring Carnival (Image from Mayor Eric Chu's Facebook Page).
Also in attendance at the opening ceremony, Director General of ITA, Mr Sridharan Madhusudhanan said: “We are grateful to Mayor Chu and his team for their enthusiastic encouragement and support for the event. We are glad that the inaugural India Spring Carnival is happening in the New Taipei City which is historic and beautiful, young and vibrant, like India.”
The carnival showcased diverse elements of Indian culture, including classical dances such as Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Odissi and Kuchipudi; the folk dances Bhangra, Garbha and Ghoomar; and Bollywood dance performances, which included routines from the popular Indian movie "3 Idiots."
MC of the carnival Claire (仁宣) dressed in a sari.
The Indian community in Taiwan actively participated in organizing the event, with 22 stalls offering a wide variety of Indian costumes, handicrafts, herbal beauty products and Indian food. Among these stalls included booths for designing henna tattoos, trying saris, tying turbans, and taking photos in front of the Taj Mahal.
Ms. Erina Kasai performing Bharatanatyam Dance at opening ceremony (Photo from India Taipei Association Facebook page).
Mr. Ricky of Shiva Indian Dance Group performing Kathak Dance.
Ms. Sayani, an Indian student, performing a Bengali folk dance.
Bollywood dance by In-sha exotic dancing group.
Henna tattoo drying on a child's hand.
Artist applying henna tattoo.
Odissi Dance by Taichung-based Butterfly Dance Studio (Photo from India Taipei Association Facebook page).
Ms. Ranjini performing Manipuri Dance of her native state.
Bollywood Dance by Shiva Indian Dance Group.
Man tying on a turban for a visitor.
Booth introducing Malayali culture from the Indian state of Kerala (Photo from India Taipei Association Facebook page).
Ms. Tracy performing Odissi Dance.
Rajasthani folk dance, Ghoomar presented by Taiwan's Indian Club.
Bollywood dance by Navarasa Dance Group.
Gujarati folk dance, Garba, presented by Taiwan's Indian Club.
Author tries on green turban.