New Delhi: For the first time in Indian history, an airport has held a five day long festival of classical and contemporary dance forms at the Terminal-3 of Delhi International Airport. The initiative is a unique effort by the IGI (Indira Gandhi International) airport to promote the classical dances across the country.
Passengers are in for a treat as Delhi International Airport (P) Limited (DIAL) kick starts the dance fiesta. The performances are choreographed and performed by the renowned Birju Maharaj Parampara, a dance troupe founded by Padma Vibhushan Pandit Birju Maharaj. The cultural extravaganza was inaugurated yesterday, on Thursday by Birju Maharaj's son, Pandit Jai Kishan Maharaj. A plethora of classical dance genres such as Kathak & Bharatnatyam along with regional dance forms including Haryanvi, Kalbelia, Chhau and Dandiya delighted the audience with their mesmerizing performance.
DIAL's CEO, Mr. I. Prabhakara Rao said, "This is the first time that any airport in India has undertaken an initiative of this kind to promote the classical dances. This is just an extension of our long connect with Indian culture which is manifested all over the airport and especially at Terminal-3. Events like this also signify that travelling out of Delhi Airport is not merely catching a flight but an experience that one carries home."
Speaking from USA, Pandit Birju Maharaj said, "I have performed across the world at varied venues with my troupe in locations like stadiums, auditoriums, open-air amphitheaters and such. But, this is surely the first time that troupe from Birju Mahraj Parampara will be performing at an airport. I am happy that such a step has been taken by the airport authorities. This will go a long way in promoting Indian culture at what is surely the new Gateway of India."
Pandit Jai Kishan Maharaj (who was kind enough to inaugurate the event with other luminaries) added, "This event organized by GMR Delhi Airport is a great attempt through which I think people who travel and our foreign guests in transit get a glimpse of our culture here and remember it as a part of their journey. The airport is a beautiful stage for this event and I hope they continue to organize these events in the future."
DIAL has taken care to seamlessly blend Indian culture into the ultra-modern Terminal-3, be it the elephants that greet the passengers in the check-in hall, the giant works of art by Late Shri M.F. Hussain and Paresh Maity or the Mudras that have become symbolic of the airport itself.
The performance can be witnessed between 0600-0900 hours and 1700-2000 hours in T-3 Domestic Departures and 1200-1500 hours and 2200-0100 hours in T-3 International Departures on 15th, 20th, 21st and 22nd November, 2012.