Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: A performance that spanned the music and dances of a continent was put up at Kamarajar Arangam on Tuesday to mark the National Day of Poland.

Polish choreographer Zofia Rudnicka and her group of singers and dancers brought alive the folk cultures of not just Poland, but also that of England, Italy and Spain, along with an awe-inspiring classical ballet performance. The performance, titled ‘Dancing through Europe’, took the audience on a journey through the cultures of the European continent and back.

Drawing applause

The young group of dancers, dressed in costumes ranging from the simple to the extravagant, were full of energy and drew loud applause from the audience. However, the classical music and opera did not go down well with an audience unaccustomed to the hauntingly high notes of the opera singer, whose moving voice was lost in the boisterous screams of a large portion of the crowd.

The show was organised by the Indo-Polish Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Tamil Nadu, in association with Jaya Group of Institutions.

At the inauguration, Governor Surjit Singh Barnala said that there have always been close ties between India and Poland spanning centuries. These ties have been in all fields, including economic and cultural. He pointed out how literature was being shared and translated between the two countries, and how trade and commerce is flourishing. “The people of Poland have always been open to all cultures,” he said, adding that cultural exchanges ensure enduring relations and foster closer ties.

Ambassador of Poland to India Krzysztof Majka said, “It is a great feeling to celebrate the independence of Poland in India, a friendly country, but one which is so far in geographical distance.” He stressed that music and dance help bring people together, and how this form of transcendence is very important in today’s world. “Culture is the best key to the hearts of societies, its peoples as well as politicians’,” he said, adding that Poland supported India’s bid to become a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

Director of the State Department of Information and Public Relations A. Chittaranjan Mohandoss said that art forms such as dance and music transcended barriers between people. Yet, dance and music also remain unique to their culture, heritage and temperature. “This event was a milestone in furthering Indo-Polish relations,” he said.

President of the IPCCI John Prabakar, chairman of Jaya Group of Institutions A. Kanagaraj, Counsellor (Cultural, Science and Higher Education), Embassy of Poland, Artur Lompart; and Polish Consul-General in Mumbai Janusz Bylinski participated in the event.