Puputan Badung Park has an Indian connection. It was here, in 1950, that India’s first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru addressed the Balinese people during his State visit to Indonesia. On Saturday, the 23rd March 2019, the Park was fittingly the venue for reaffirming the connect between India and Indonesia and with Bali in particular.
Holi is an ancient Hindu festival, the origin of which has many stories. But most significantly, it celebrates the end of a long winter in India and the beginning of spring. It is a time to begin enjoying the abundance of the colours of spring and to say good bye to the cold winter. The participants play and colour each other and indulge themselves in singing and dancing to take full enjoyment of the advent of spring.
The Consul General of India in Bali, Mr. R.O. Sunil Babu, welcomed the gathering and urged them to enjoy the fun of Holi. He briefed on the popular origins of Holi celebration in Hindu mythology and remarked that it was an occasion for fun as well as one to rekindle friendships and build new ones.
As part of the celebration the students of Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre presented Indian Dance “Suno Ganapati Bappa Maraya” from the Bollywod movie Judwa-2 and “Chogada” dance which breaks the stylized structures and forms of the mix Bollywood dance. The gathering enjoyed the dance programe immensely. Once the dances were over, the celebrations began in right earnest, with the crowd playing Holi with colours and water, having fun that they had witnessed only in Bollywood movies. (bbn/rls/rob)
Penulis : Rilis Pers
Editor : I Komang Robby Patria