German artistes win hearts in Punjab

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Ludhiana, Oct.24 (ANI): Known for its rich culture and folklore, over the years Punjab has also contributed towards developing cultural ties with countries around the world.

Recently, students from Germany visited Punjab and showcased their culture and folk traditions.

Bagpipe tunes of German artiste Falk Paulet, heading the troupe of folk artistes. left the Punjabi students spellbound as it felt mesmerizing.

The visiting students had come to Punjab on the invitation of International folk ensemble - Punjab Cultural Promotion Council. The event, Punjab Multi-cultural Festival 2009, commemorated the 10th anniversary celebrations of the inception of the Council.

"In Germany, like India each state has its own culture. I think its same in India. I first heard Punjabi music in 2003 in Bulgaria and I liked this. So, I never forget the Punjabi music and folk music. This is why we are here," said Falk Paulat, Bagpiper artiste. Aimed at developing cultural ties between the youth, the event turned out to be fusion of world cultures.

Besides the German folk troupe, there were 12 other international artistes who presented Latin American, Russian, German, Irish, and Scottish dances.

Female German dancers fascinated the audience with traditional and belly dancing.

The event was both interesting and educational for students, as they presented their respective dance forms and tried to understand each other's culture.

They also interacted with each other as part of the cultural exchange programme.

"By cultural exchange I understand, when globalization and modernization is the buzzword these days, the culture of Punjab should spread across the world. We are showcasing the Punjabi culture to guests from Germany. By staying in Punjab they are getting to know more about our culture. They are interacting with our children as well. I think it's a big occasion. We should understand that the whole world is one family," said Dolly Guleria, Punjabi folk singer.

In its decade-long journey, Punjab Cultural Promotion Council had given 500 international performances in 18 countries and has been part of the World Folk Competition twice.

Be it Gatka - the Sikh martial art or folk dances like Giddha and Bhangra its troupe members have presented them with great enthusiasm.

The Council's contribution to promotion of Punjab's culture and heritage through International Festivals and International Educational Cultural Exchange programs is noteworthy.

In January 2010, groups from Poland and Columbia will be performing in Punjab as part of cultural exchange programme. By Karan Kapoor (ANI)

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