Namaste India cultural festival brings a taste of India to Bucharest

The 13th edition of the Namaste India Cultural Festival is taking place this weekend in Bucharest. The festival, which is organized by the Rabindranath Tagore Cultural Center, under the patronage of the Embassy of India, aims to give a taste of India’s vast culture to Romanians.

The festival will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday June 25 and Sunday June 26 at the Bucharest University House (Casa Universitarilor) at 46 Dionisie Lupu Street.

The Namaste India Festival invites the public to attend Bhajan, Kirtan and Qawwali concerts, learn to dance in Bharatanatyam and Bollywood dance styles in dedicated workshops, discover Indian rituals, Ayurveda and Vedic philosophy, have henna painted on the body, participate in traditional yoga and meditation sessions and taste some of the Indian culinary specialties.

There will also be a language workshop where curious visitors can learn some Sanskrit, Hindi, Tamil and Bengali.

Handicraft stalls will be set up, where visitors can buy traditional clothing such as sarees, as well as accessories, souvenirs, books and ingredients specific to Indian cuisine.

Festival organizers have announced that this year’s edition will focus on the close connection between Indian and Romanian culture, through an encounter with Amita Bhose – a writer and translator who translated The Unnamed Star by Mihail Sebastian in Bengali, making the first translation of a Romanian literary work directly into Indian. The bilingual edition of the book will be launched at the event.

The full program of the Festival is as follows:

Saturday June 25

09:00 – 10:00 Balance in the practice of Hatha Yoga / Cerasela Sindile

10:00 – 11:00 Hello Yoga Therapy / Monica Filip

11:00 – 12:00 You with you and me with you – Hatha Yoga / Victoria Gall

10:00 – 12:00 The Art of Rangoli – interactive workshop / Dhaven Shah

12:00 – 13:00 Meditation and the nervous system / Marius Vornicescu

12:00 – 13:00 Benefits of Ayurvedic Massage / Dr. Stella Gârbea

13:00 – 14:30 Yoga for children and parents / Lavinia Marin

13:00 – 14:00 Meeting with friends of Editions Rabten – Treasures hidden in the pages of a book

14:00 – 15:00 Vedic Astrology – astrology for the soul / Irina Pleșcan

14:30 – 16:00 Henna painting workshop / Cristina Iacob

15:30 – 16:30 Jiddu Krishnamurti, Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta Maharaj / Herald Publishing House

16:00 – 17:00 Bharatanatyam / Hema Divakaran dance workshop

4:00 – 5:00 Sound Healing Journey / Hitesh Bhatt, Irina Ioanitescu, Ehsan Shokrollahi

17:00 – 18:00 Barosflow – modern reinterpretation of traditional Indian training / George Crețu

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Bhajane Concert with Aaradhakananda, Sharanagati Group and other guests

17:30 – 18:30 Yoga beyond postures / Avisek Majumdar

6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Vedas – the original source of yoga practice (presentation and kirtan) / Iskon Vedic Studies Center Bucharest

Sunday June 26

09:00 – 10:00 Breathing and Pranayama / Livia Constantin

10:00 – 11:00 Traditional Yoga Class | Abheda with Leo Radutz (for beginners and advanced)

11:00 – 12:00 Contemplative Yoga / Hitesh Bhatt

11:00 – 12:00 Health education with Ayurveda / Irina Plescan

12:00 – 13:00 Yoga & Chakra Sound Therapy / Monica Filip

12:00 – 13:00 Indian language workshop: Sanskrit, Hindi, Bengali and Tamil / Ciprian Baciu, Hilda Varga, Carmen Musat Coman, Hema Divakaran

13:00 – 14:30 Bollywood dance workshop / Indra Dance Academy

13:00 – 14:00 Indian journey in the world of ritual and letters / Hilda Varga

14:00 – 14:30 Launch of the book Mihail Sebastian, L’Étoile sans nom, bilingual edition, Romanian-Bengali, translation into Bengali by Amita Bhose / Cununi de Stele publishing house

14:30 – 15:30 Sari – Beauty and Mystery / Carmen Coțovanu Pesantez, specialist in Indian culture

15:30 – 16:00 Bollywood dance demonstration / Indra Dance Academy

16:00 – 17:00 Story of a sacred journey in India – Interactive workshop / Monica Filip

16:00 – 17:00 Satyananda Yoga / Avisek Majumdar

17:00 – 18:00 Kirtan-Song of the Soul / Dana Nedelcu (voice, harmonium), Cristian Drimba, (percussion)

18:00 – 19:00 Concert of Bhajan, Qawwali and devotional music / Malina Vasile (voice), Mihai Lupoaie (harmonium) and Sorin Bunda

Entrance to the festival costs 10 RON for adults and 5 RON for seniors and students. Children have free entry.

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(Photo source: Namaste India Festival Facebook page)

Darcy J. Skinner