A Tryst with The Colors of India

India is home to many individuals from different and unique cultures and religions. Indian tradition, language, art, and lifestyle are different from place to place within the nation. India is one of the most populated countries in the world with 28 States and 9 Union Territories, exhibiting different cultures and traditions. Our country is full of cultural diversity. In India, people celebrate festivals of various religions with great zeal and enthusiasm. It is the land of festivals. People of various religions and cultures come together to rejoice with love and brotherhood. Diwali, Holi, Dussehra, Christmas, Eid, Guru Nanak Gurpurab, Nowruz, Vesak, and many more festivals are celebrated here. Each festival has its religious and cultural importance. Different festivals are celebrated with different customs and traditions. A wide range of Indian foods and several cuisines is no surprise with the diversity of religion and culture. Indian food contains many ingredients and is cooked in various styles and techniques. The foods in India are prepared using various spices and herbs. Multiple cuisines like Chinese, Punjabi, Gujarati, Thai, Mexican, and South Indian are popular in India. The aromas and flavors of Indian food are unique and praised across the world.

Indian art of dance includes many classical forms like Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathak, Manipuri, Kathakali and Odissi. It’s folk dance forms include bhangra, Garba, Bihu, Ghoomar, Lavani and Dekhni. Other than dance, the music of India is also popular. The diverse forms of music in India include classical, folk, religious, Bollywood, rock, ghazals, and pop music. The legends like Mian Tansen, M.S. Shubhalakshmi, Pt. Ravi Shankar, S. Balachandra, Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammad Rafi, Zakir Hussain, A.R. Rehman and many more are popular in India for their music. Thus, Indians live life to the fullest and be it culture, festivals, tradition, food, music or dance – there is a wide variety in every sphere. People here celebrate different festivals, enjoy different food, create various forms of arts and have various colors of life.

ATS 2019 is pleased to organize a banquet dinner and a cultural program reflecting a myriad of Indian dance forms like, Bharatanatyam from Tamil Nadu, Kathakali from Kerala, Kuchipudi from Andhra Pradesh, Odissi from Odisha, Bihu from Assam, Manipuri from Manipur, Mohiniyattam from Kerala, Lavani from Maharashtra, Folk from West Bengal on the penultimate day (12th December, 2019) of the conference.