Minara International Dance Festival 2017 entertains audience

Muscat - 

A huge crowd of around 4,500 people was entertained with some amazing performances in a unique exhibition of pure talent by 148 dancers of 12 different nationalities including Omanis and Oman residents, who participated in the recently concluded Minara International Dance Festival at City Amphitheatre, Qurm.

The near full capacity crowd was enthralled by some incredible performances keeping them awestruck in a two and a half hour dancing extravaganza. Famous Omani B-Boyz Group SNK-Revo started the festival with a scintillating performance, setting the mood for the evening. Super kids Rachna Rajesh and Nelvin stunned everyone with an eye-catching duet performance.

Multinational disciples from The Ballet and Folklore Centre captivated the audience with their contemporary/ gymnastics dance ‘The Beauty of the Soul’, a Croatian Rhapsody.

A group of talented boys and girls from King’s United Muscat enthralled the crowd with Bolly-Hop fusion. Tonia mesmerised the audience with her ‘Egyptian Folklore Saidi Stick Dance’. Bouncers of Spell Bound Dance Crew initiated foot tapping among the enthusiast crowd by performing Kuth-Hip fusion.

The guests of honours at the festival were H E Indra Mani Pandey, India’s Ambassador to Oman, H E M K Pathmanathan, Sri Lanka's Ambassador to Oman, Tariq al Barwani, youth icon of Oman, Salem al Bortamani from Areej Vegetable Oils & Derivatives and industrialist Anvwar al Balushi.
The special guest was Suresh Mukund, founder of King’s United India, choreographer and mentor.

Dr Sanjay Dalal, director of the programme, said, “Gathering so many nationalities with dancing talent and presenting them on one stage to perform 20 varieties of dances was a herculean task. We started the process in November 2016. It was a really exhausting five months. We are happy that everything went smoothly as planned bringing another stupendous success.
“It is a double delight for Talent Hunters Oman. The show was a runaway success and Omani boy Haitham Mohd Rafi, winner of our Muscat Idol 2012, won the Dil Hai Hindustani singing competition that was telecast live across the globe by Star TV India.”

He added, “We are also proud to say that we have again achieved our goals of giving the biggest platform for the local talents and breaking the barriers between different cultures and communities. Even our audience was a multinational and multicultural. The event also projected Muscat as a place where people of all colours and castes stay in wonderful harmony. It also makes all of us in Oman feel at home. I thank all the sponsors who came forward to support our event in this difficult time helping our dream come true.”

Dr Sateja Dalal, event coordinator of the show, said, “We compete with ourselves every time we plan an event. We go all-out to improve in technique, quality of performances and execution to make it match the international standard.

“We would like to sincerely thank all the institutes, clubs, choreographers and individual performers who put in great efforts to make it a two and a half hours of very entertaining dance performances.

“Exclusively designed costumes matched the themes of the dances, including different hairstyles and varieties of exotic dances. The show was indeed a visual treat. Those who could not attend missed a lot.”

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