Assam, it's people and unique culture have reasons to celebrate. As part of World Tourism Day, presentations through word and dance have been hosted at the House of Commons of British Parliament by Sanskruti Centre for Cultural Excellence, under the aegis of Bob Blackman MP.
The event aimed at highlighting the role of cultural tourism in international tourism and how cultural diversity of destinations are increasingly acting as honey-pot for tourists.
Richard Nicholls from Visit Britain, Gangadhar Chilka from Incredible India, Dr Dirisa Mulindwa from University of Sunderland in London, Ravi Bhanot from Diwali in London committee, Dr Kanegaonkar and Mr Nene from Maharashtra Mandal London have all spoken on different aspects of cultural tourism, way of life of communities, migration, arts and heritage.
For the first ever time, Bagurumba dance of Assam, Hojagiri dance of Tripura, Pawara dance of Maharashtra, Gondu Ghussati dance of Telangana were showcased at the British Parliament, along with rarely performed tribal dances such as Lambadi and Santhali.
Peacock dance performed depicted the national bird of India as 2017 has been declared as UK-India Year of Culture. All performers are Britain-based Indians and mostly belong to the states represented.
The efforts of Sanskruti Centre were lauded in promoting various aspects of Indian heritage and culture, and Ragasudha Vinjamuri- founder of the centre congratulated.