A distinguished gathering having presence of citizens from Colombia, Maldives and Fiji witnessed the Carnival of Barranquilla as a part of 3rd International Folk Dance and Music Festival organised by ICCR (Indian Council For Cultural Relations) in collaboration with The Embassy Of Colombia in India at Kamani auditorium on Monday. The three day long festival organised annually endeavours to encourage cultural ties between India and other countries. The event got a perfect beginning with lighting of the lamp ceremony by H.E. Mónica Lanzetta Mutis, ambassador of Colombia in India. In her speech, Mónica Lanzetta Mutis congratulated ICCR for successfully organising the festival for the third consecutive year. “This is an excellent platform to witness quality performance from different parts of world and strengthen bond by promoting creativity, artistic work and culture exchange. And I feel proud to present to you the Carnival of Barranquilla today” she said.
Barranquilla’s Carnival is Colombia’s most important folkloric celebration, and one of the biggest carnivals in the world. The carnival has traditions that date back to the 19th century. The Carnival of Barranquilla was proclaimed a Cultural Masterpiece of the Nation by Colombia’s National Congress in 2002. Also the UNESCO, in Paris on November 7, 2003, declared it one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
The carnival group Son Latino enthralled everybody with their energetic and vibrant performance. The group performed traditional music and dances such as Cumbia, Congo, Garabato, Puya, Mapale and concluded the performance with Salsa. Dance performance of Colombia group was followed by a dance troop from Fiji.