MUSCAT – Divya Narang, the spouse of H.E. Amit Narang, Ambassador of India to the Sultanate of Oman, hosted an exclusive event, ‘SUTRA,’ to showcase the vibrant dance and textile traditions of India. The event held on September 14, 2022 at the Embassy was attended by eminent women leaders from diverse backgrounds, including the Royal family, diplomatic corps, business community and social sector as well as other dignitaries.
The event featured a lecture-demonstration of Indian classical dance as well as an exposition of the rich textile legacy of India with a peek into the diverse handloom traditions representing the kaleidoscopic diversity of India.
An enchanting presentation of Indian classical dance was presented by Aishwarya Hegde and her students from the Deepam Dance Academy. The audience was introduced to the deeper meanings and metaphysical representations behind the alluring and graceful movements that constitute Indian classical dance, delving into their story-telling aspects that have also helped preserve and nurture Indian culture over centuries.
The intricacies and wonders of Indian textiles were presented to the attendees by Mrunal Khimji along with a live display of weaving techniques practiced by artisans in India. Samples of textile designs and techniques on display took the audience on a veritable sensory dive into the world of Indian fabrics and textiles. The event concluded with a sumptuous gastronomical delight of diverse Indian flavors of herbs and spices.
Speaking at the event, Divya Narang spoke of how the time-honoured traditions of Indian dance and textiles have embodied the resplendent richness and diversity of Indian culture and how these traditions have also been kept alive by generations of Indians abroad. She also paid tributes to late His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said and expressed her gratitude to His Majesty Sultan Haitham Bin Tarik and the people of Oman for their friendship and warmth towards Indians and Indian culture.