Folk Dances by team Russia and Lithuania declared Best International Folk Dances at AIU International Youth Festival  

 The air was filled with drum beats and there were eye catching moments everywhere on the campus of   Chandigarh University Gharuan as the 1st AIU International Youth Festival kicked off today. The three day colossal carnival which is being organized for the first time in India saw participation from 26 countries including India. Dressed up in their traditional dresses, folk artists from China, Mexico, Italy, Germany, Russia, Slovakia, Thailand, Bulgaria, Singapore, Poland, Nepal, Indonesia, Bhutan, South Africa, Ukraine participated in the cultural procession showcasing the traditional values and culture of their respective countries. Nirvan Singh, a scion of the erstwhile Patiala royal family was the chief guest on the first day along with Milan Hovorka, Ambassador, Czech Republic.

The cultural procession was flagged off by Dr. Pankaj Mittal, Secretary General Association of Indian Universities along with Dr. Baljeet Singh Sekhon, Joint Secretary, AIU and Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chancellor, Chandigarh University. The officials from AIU said that, “International Youth Festival is a platform propagating peace and cultural harmony amongst nations and it’s a medium where youth can get connected with global community”.    

Shchelkunchik the two-act ballet dance performed by Russian team along with Ghoda dance performed by team from Lithuania was declared as the Best International Folk Dance on the final day of the 1st AIU International Youth Festival. With the declaration of winners in all the categories, the three day International Youth Festival concluded today at the campus of Chandigarh University.  The team from India which performed the Rajathani folk dance Chari along with Czech Republic team performing the F.X.Salda dance form bagged second position.

Team Taiwan who performed the all male dance form “Tw-Egy” bagged joint third position along with the Team Poland who performed KraKowiak folk dance. The fourth position was bagged by team Indonesia who performed “Svadara” folk dance along with team India who performed Punjabi traditional dance Bhangra. Live bands of 16 countries including Bulgaria, Poland, Central Turkey, Russia, Srilanka, Finland performed on the last day of the youth festival which mesmerized audience.

The show stopper was the Bag-piper band from Bulgaria who also recreated various Bollywood numbers along with some of their traditional tunes which was presented as a perfect Indi-Western fusion music. Dr. Arun Patil, official appointed by Association of Indian Universities said, “The first AIU International Youth Festival organized by Chandigarh University has turned out to be a global platform for cultural exchange where the youth of one country is meeting the youth of other countries and trying to understand their traditional values and culture”.