Bonding Culturally with Africa at The India-Africa Summit

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The focus of the 3rd India- Africa Forum Summit centered on the ways to fight terrorism and how both the countries can come together for the cause. More than 54 leaders from different African nations attended the four-day long conclave, held from October 26-29, 2015 in New Delhi.

The Ministry of External affairs and NDMC together organized several Indo-African theme based ethnic events through the week. Such shows facilitate cultural exchange between India and Africa, thereby enhancing the cordiality between the engaging countries.

The Ministry of External Affairs along with Delhi International Arts Festival also organized the grand closing ceremony of the forum, marked by a host of cultural events. Themed on ‘Africa in India,’ the function was held on the evening of October 29 at Nehru Park, New Delhi. Artists from African countries, like Congo, Egypt, Nigeria, and Ghana were also a part of this cultural occasion and performed together with their Indian counterpart.

The event highlight was the performance of Choka Bonga, a group of Zambian folk artists. A beautiful story of friendship shone through the traditional dances on drums and bongos. The India-Africa Summit unites the political and business interests of the participating countries, while also bringing the people of Africa and India culturally close, felt a performer from the group. All the artists of the events performed again at the banquet of Rashtrapati Bhawan, which was graced by the heads and leaders of the 54 African Nations.

Indian Prime Minister Modi closed the forum expressing faith that “India and Africa are one voice” for the United Nations initiatives.                  
                                              -By Nitin Bhandari and Rakhi Sinha - A Media Feature Sample 


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