As 2007 is the Year of India-Japan Friendship, a cultural exchange programme was held.The India Japan Initiative (IJI) organised a cultural exchange workshop between the students of the Japanese School and the Blue Bells School recently. Around 40 students participated in the event. This is the year of India-Japan Friendship. Indian and Japanese students performed different dance forms of their countries. The workshop began with a Kathak dance by the students of Blue Bells School. The students of Japanese School in turn performed the "Nanchu Soren" and "Bon-Dance." The Japanese students taught the Indian students to perform the "Bon-Dance."
ExchangeThe Indian kids taught their Japanese counterparts the different mudras (hand positions), abhinaya (facial expressions) and padams (narrative dances) of Bharatanatyam. Geetanjali Kirloskar, Chairperson of the IJI said, "Though initiatives are being taken at a bureaucratic level for better trade relations between the two nations, IJI feels that it is important to instil the values of friendship at an impressionable age."