A celebration of ties between India and Spain through dance

Wednesday, Mar 9, 2016,11:48 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Artistes from Spain and India have come together for a co-production entwining elements of Flamenco, with traditional Indian music and dance to commemorate the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

Envisaged by Spanish film director Carlos Saura, the production ‘Flamenco India’ which premiered in Spain last year, aims to bring together popular dance forms from both the countries and their respective cultures and is set. The production is set to be staged in India later this year.

Usually bilateral relations are focused on politics and business but we want to introduce the exchange of culture too, especially on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of India-Spanish diplomatic relations, says Magdalena Crux Yabar from the Spanish Embassy in India.

According to Saura, the Spanish native dance form Flamenco and Indian classical music and dance complement each other with the latter’s rhythmic diversity and flexibility allowing Indian artistes to engage with their Spanish counterparts. It is wonderful to see culture binding the two nations. It actually joins the people and helps them understand each other better. India has no dearth of brilliant artistes.

The quality is brilliant, says Oscar Puente Ramos, Mayor of the city of Valladolid. Yabar says the collaboration, which features 14 artistes from each country attempts to showcase the similarities and possibilities between art forms from the two countries without tampering with their original essence.

People here connect well with Flamenco. The same happens in Spain too. For me it is always enriching and helps to broaden our spectrum, it is the starting point for all other relationships, she says.