The Sri Lanka Navy Dance Troupe joined dancers from Egypt and Manipur and drummers, musicians and singers from Rajasthan and Colombia to usher in the Delhi International Arts Festival 2014 at the historic site of Delhi’s Purana Qila (Old Fort) on Sunday 8 February evening. The Sri Lankan troupe performed a medley of traditional dances including fire and mask dances which enthralled the audience comprising an array of artistes, government officials, foreign diplomats and media personnel. The Chief Guest on the occasion, Minister of Human Resource Development of India, Hon. Pallam Raju felicitated the troupe.
The dance troupe performed at the Surajkund International Crafts Mela over a period of 3 days and was awarded the distinction of being among the top 5 troupes from 20 participating countries to be selected to perform for VIPs attending the festival. The Mela, which is held from 1 to 15 February, draws over 100,000 visitors a day.
The dance troupe also performed at the Independence Day celebrations held at the Sri Lanka High Commission in New Delhi on 4 February, receiving praise from over 600 guests comprising Members of the Indian Parliament, senior government officials and diplomats who graced the occasion.