Artists from Mexico and Spain enthralled the audience with their performances

Chandigarh University, Gharuan in collaboration with Punjab Cultural Promotion Council today organized the 6TH Chandigarh International Folk Festival with the visionary approach to promote fusion of global cultures among different countries. Folk dancers and stunt performers from Mexico and Spain performed with their scintillating performances in front of jam packed audience of students of Chandigarh University.

Chandigarh International Folk Festival held at Chandigarh University
Chandigarh International Folk Festival held at Chandigarh University

Artists of International Mexico Folk Ensemble “Espíritu Mexicano Danza Folklorica”‘ consisting of dancers  Ana Patricia Martínez Alarcón, Celia Luna Soriano, Esther Aguila Arriola, Alfredo Campos Lovera and Luis Alonso Pineda Regalado performed on the Mexican folk music and mesmerized the audience.

Chandigarh International Folk Festival held at Chandigarh University
Chandigarh International Folk Festival held at Chandigarh University

Stunt performing artist Murray Molloy from Spain entertained the audiences with his sword swallowing art. Besides this, Molloy also performs contortion, walking on broken glass, bed of nails and hot coals. Gatka team of Chandigarh University and Punjabi Folk sammi fascinated the visitors and foreign delegates

Chandigarh International Folk Festival held at Chandigarh University
Chandigarh International Folk Festival held at Chandigarh University

Speaking on the occasion Sarwan Singh Phillaur emphasized the need of encouraging more international cultural exchange programmes in order to promote mutual understanding and goodwill amongst the younger generations of the countries for enriching both academically and culturally. The aim of this fusion of cultures at international levels is to promote an exchange of views about different approaches and experiences with forms of international cultural cooperation and to formulate common targets for future collaboration, added Sarwan Singh. The minister informed the students that Punjab Government has already chalked out extensive plan to formulate Cultural Policy aiming at curbing the practice of piracy of Punjabi music by making and enforcing the related law and a censor board for screening the content shown in videos and the lyrics so as to preserve and promote the original folk culture of Punjab and let the legacy be passed onto the generations to come.

Chandigarh International Folk Festival held at Chandigarh University
Chandigarh International Folk Festival held at Chandigarh University

While interacting with the audience the team of artists from Mexico and Spain led by Molloy said, “I have gathered inspiration for performing arts from classical Indian arts, and yoga.” He furthered said that the systems and philosophies of the west didn’t seem to attract, so we retorted to the spiritual energy and gained from experiences of yoga gurus in India. Molloy trained in yoga in Varanasi when he was 23, and cherishes his visits to India. Molloy stated, “People in India are genuine and warm, and the team has been fascinated with the unity in diversity here.”

  Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chancellor, Chandigarh University said that the 4th Chandigarh International Folk Festival has provided a unique platform to interact and infuse global multi-culturism among the students. The students tend to understand the cultures of different countries and learn the unique features of them added Sandhu. Dr. R.S.Bawa, Vice-Chancellor and Dr. B.S.Sohi, Pro-VC expressed delight over the cultural-exchange program and said, “We want nations to come together via such exchanges, so that we can spread our message of brotherhood.”