Indian festival of dance at Indian monument

23 October 2002, India

The Indian Ministry for Tourism and Culture, in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Forests, is presenting a festival of Indian Classical dance at the historic Purana Quila monument. During the festival, Indian dance groups will interact with the heritage monument, a former military fort, displaying choreography from each of the seven major dance forms. The festival is one of the official cultural programs on show as part of the Conference on Climate Change being held in Delhi on October 23 to 29. With more than 4,000 foreign delegates expected to attend the conference, the Ministry hopes to display the beauty and aesthetics of both the monument and Indian dance to a wide audience. 'Our rich culture is an integral part of our heritage and this is the first of the series of initiatives taken by the Ministry to bring alive the monuments through our cultural program. We are determined to give a complete Indian feel tour tourists through innovative cultural events like these,' said Shri Jagmohan, Minister for Tourism and Culture.