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Come early for the Yoga 08:30 – 11:30
Stay for the Food Culture & Tents 11:30 – 21:00
EXPLORE, EXPERIENCE, ENJOY!Come see the inauguration at 11:30 with MRS. BANASHRI BOSE HARRISON, Ambassador of India to Sweden & Latvia and MS. MANEKA GANDHI, Minister of Women & Child Development Followed by acts by the renowned: Jayashree / Shovana Narayan / Usha Balasundaram / Johannes Möller and friends / Sunita Singh and friends / Sangita Paul / Nritya Darpan Danscompany / K G Westman, Hugo Widen, & Stian Grimstad / Gurmeet Singh / MUSK Indisk Dans / Ulrika Larsen / Yaksh Gaana /Uppsala Indian Choir led by Prof. Suparna Sanyal/ Soma Roy / Raj & Neda / NIFT / Shovana Narayan / DJ Abbas Kapasi / Maharashtra Darshan / Avik & friends

Program

TimeEventType
08:30 – 09:15WAKE UP YOGA WITH VIKTOR FRIH (YOGOBE) Yoga
09:15 – 10:00YOGA WITH ARI LIPPONEN FROM SATS Yoga
10:00 – 11:30YOGATHON WITH SWAMI JYOTHIRMAYAH (ART OF LIVING)Yoga
11.15 – 11.45INCREDIBLE INDIA. (ENGLISH) Seminar
11:00 - 18:00Art Exhibition (Seminar Hall)Culture
11:35 - 11:40Ambassador’s welcome remarks Culture
11:42 - 12:00Inauguration by Ms Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Minister for Women & Child Development. Culture
12.00 – 12.30AYURVEDA IN OUR DAILY LIFE –JANESH VAIDYA (ENGLISH) AUTHOR/ YOGA TEACHER/ AYURVEDA SPECIALIST Seminar
12.45 – 13.15INDISKA BERG OCH DJUNGLER/INDIAN MOUNTAINS AND JUNGLES – PER J ANDERSSON (SWEDISH) AUTHOR/ JOURNALIST/ EDITOR VAGABOND Seminar
12:04 - 12:09Inaugural Dance - Bharatnatyam
by talented young dancer Jayashree from the Saraswathy Kala Kendra, Stockholm who pays homage to Ganesha, the remover of all obstacles.
Culture
12:13 - 12:28Kathak Dance by Shovana Narayan:
Let the award-winning exponent of this art form take you on a trip back in time, to experience the magic of the court of the Mughal Emperors.
Culture
12:32 - 12:42Tandava- dance of destruction of Lord Shiva by the students of Saraswathy Kala Kendra, choreographed by Usha Balasundaram who has established Stockholm’s leading Bharatnatyam School.Culture
12:46 - 13:06Tales of India by Johannes Möller, the Swedish Guitar maestro playing with Durjay Bhaumik, Indian tabla maestro in Sweden with the help of the Indian Council of Cultural Relations and other friends. Culture
13:10 - 13:20Dance & Music from Bengal - The words and music of the Nobel Laureate Tagore brought to you by Tagore Dance and Music Group.Culture
13:24 - 13:39Bollywood Dance by Maria Bharadwaj:
Scintillating dances by Sweden’s own Nritya Darpan Dance company.
Culture
13:25 – 14:00HINDUISMEN (KARMA OCH ÅTERFÖDELSE ) HINDUISM KARMA AND REBIRTH (SWEDISH) Seminar
13:43 - 14:03‘Palace on Wheels’ by K G Westman, Hugo Widen, & Stian Grimstad - A jugalbandi (collaborative impromptu) featuring sitar and tabla.Culture
14:03 - 14:33Intermission / Bollywood Dance Workshop by Amazing Avikk Parkour and his LYBS (Let your Body Speak) troupe from Latvia.Culture
14:15 – 14:45INDCEN RESOR- TRAVEL TIPS FOR INDIA (SWEDISH) Seminar
14:33 - 14:48Yaksh Gaana - an operatic art form & Dollu Kunitha - the unique tribal Drum dance from Karnataka, the jewel state of Southern India. Culture
14:52 - 15:07Kathak -Odissi Jugalbandi by Odissi Dansproduktion and Nritya Darpan Dancegroup. Lyrical movements and dazzling rhythms when Odissi - East Indian dance meets Kathak - North Indian dance. By Maria Bharadwaj, Ulrika Larsen, Edith Humble, Pooja Fulambrikar, Vanessa Davidsson. Culture
15:00 – 15:30BOMBAY TAKEAWAY- MALIN WESTBERG (SWEDISH) AUTHOR AND SVT JOURNALIST Seminar
15:11 - 15:26Bollywood @Gothenburg:
Contemporary entertainment from Gothenburg by MYSK Indisk Dans & Magisk Teater.
Culture
15:30 - 15:35Surprise performance by DOCH the School of Dance & Circus.Culture
15:39 - 15:54Ganesha Vandana, sacred dance honouring Lord Ganesha and two other folk dances from Maharashtra by Maharashtra Darshan. Culture
15:45 – 16.15JAKTEN PÅ DEN FÖRSVUNNA MEDALJEN/ THE SEARCH FOR THE LOST MEDAL – DR. OLAVI HEMMILÄ (SWEDISH) Seminar
15:58 - 16:03Second performance by DOCH - The School of Dance & Circus.Culture
16:07 - 16:22Folk Songs by the Uppsala Indian Choir, led by Dr Suparna Sanyal.Culture
16:26 - 16:36 'Celebration of Dance' - a jugalbandi of folk music and dance by Mayaswara Band. Culture
16:30 – 17:00SVENSKINDISKA ÄVENTYR!SWEDISH INDIAN ADVENTURE! MIKAEL BERGSTRAND (SWEDISH) AUTHOR Seminar
16:40 - 16:45Folk dance inspired from Tea Plantations of West Bengal by 'Sur O Tal'.Culture
16:49 - 16:54Continue to enjoy the dance & Music from Bengal - a rhythmic Bengali folk dance by Bangiya Sanatan Samaj. Culture
16:58 - 17:03Bollywood Dance Medley - by dance professionals Raj & Neda of Bollywood Dance Academy, Sundbyberg. First performanceCulture
17:07 - 17:17Solo on bass guitar by Rickard Jokela.Culture
17:21 - 17:26The Southern Beat - Folk Dance from Tamilnadu.Culture
17:30 - 17:35Bollywood Dance Medley - by dance professionals Raj & Neda of Bollywood Dance Academy, Sundbyberg. Second performanceCulture
17:39 - 18:00Bhangra Dance Performance: First a modern performance by Gurmeet and friends followed by Punjabi Youth - the authentic foot tapping dance of the villages of Punjab to celebrate the coming of spring.Culture
18:00 - 18:08Drum performance on main stage by Yaksha Gaana musicians.Culture
18:09 - 18:14Remarks by Ms Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Minister for Women & Child Development.Culture
18:15 -18:30Presentation: Hand in Hand project on Sustainability.Culture
18:33 - 18:38Part One of Indian Fashion Show:
Creations by students from the National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi.
Culture
18:41 - 19:26Colours of India:
A journey through India, exploring ten different regions, through narration, music, dance, and imagery by Anaya Dutta and her group.
Culture
19:29 - 19:44Kathak Dance by Shovana Narayan:
The leading exponent of the seductive dance form which travelled from temples to Mughal courts shows you its versatility and grace.
Culture
19:47 - 19:52Part Two of Indian Fashion Show:
Creations by students from the National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi.
Culture
19:54 - 20:04Bollywood Opera – a trailer
Charlotta Huldt , Opera singer & artiste.
Culture
20:07 - 20:27Tales of India by Johannes Möller, the Swedish Guitar maestro playing with Durjay Bhaumik, Indian tabla maestro in Sweden with the help of the Indian Council of Cultural Relations and other friends. Culture
20:30 - 20:35Part Three of Indian Fashion Show:
Creations by students from the National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi.
Culture
20:38 - 20:55Bollywood Explosion- Come & JOIN
by Avikk Parkour & the LYBS troupe from Riga, Latvia.
Culture

About

Nama means bow, as means I, and te means you. Namaste (an ancient Sanskrit greeting) literally means “I bow to you” or “The Spirit within me salutes the Spirit in you”. On the 23rd of May, we dedicate the entire day to provide you a sneak peek into India, its dizzying creative burst of cultures and religions, races and tongues. From Yoga to Dance and Fashion, from Art and Crafts to mouth-watering Indian Cuisine. We are show casing some elements of Indian culture that have had profound impact across the world.

Themes

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Yoga

We will invite all the different yoga centers and yoga studios to bring their teachers, students and basically invite all Stockholmers from children to adults to come and practice yoga. We would like to use this day to highlight and inform Stockholmers / Swedes of Yogas ancient roots, our Indian heritage etc and that is why we chose to do this at the most beautiful location in Stockholm Kungsträdgården. The idea is to spread the yoga mats around the pool of water and make the magic of India come alive! We also hope to provide yoga classes for beginners, for children and the elderly. Modern expressions of yoga will also be shown.
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Indian Cuisine

In addition to yoga we will also show the wonderful diversity of Indian cuisine. Stockholm has approximately 130 Indian restaurants and most of them have the same fare of cuisine. It would be wonderful to showcase food from the different regions of India like Bengali, Tamil, Malyalee, Marathi, Punjabi, Gujarati etc. This can be a real WOW experience for Stockholmers. Here we would like to invite all the associations in Sweden/Stockholm to come and bring and showcase their regional cuisine. We have 10 market stands that will be given for free to associations. Indian Restaurants and commercial food caterers will also be welcomed.
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Fashion

A fashion show will be held during this day where young fashion designers from India and Sweden will present their creations. A fusion of two worlds will be shown in the most compelling and amusing way with help of colors, tissues and most importantly the imaginations and inspirations of these young designers.
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Dance

We would also like to present dance & culture. Some of the local dance associations will be given the possibility to come and perform during the day. The Swedish national Dance academy and circus school will also come and perform. India offers a number of classical Indian  dance forms, each of which can be traced to different parts of the country. During Namaste Stockholm we will have many dancers performing  various Indian classical and folk dances.
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Travel & tourism, Artcrafts

In addition we will also invite Travel and Tourism operators to set up stall and sell their India destination packages, design and crafts to promote Indian design and artefacts. A seminar that will take you on a journey to India through its food, dance, music, films and literature, its people and beautiful locations. It aims to shed light on the rumors that surround India and create more understanding and knowledge for Swedish people to travel to India. We also want to generate greater interest in Sweden/ Nordic regions as a great new travel destination for Indians. How can more Indians be attracted to Sweden? Can Bollywood open windows?

Sustainability

There has never been a better time to Make in India and Grow with India. One of the key projects identified by the new Indian government is to Clean Up India. The Prime Minister has initiated the Swaccha India ie Clean India Campaign. In this connection we would like to partner with Hand in Hand and Håll Sverige Rent to showcase the work being done in India to clean up India. It would be fantastic with a demonstration of this on the 23rd of May where we will also invite some of the top politicians and celebrities along with our partners to make a statement on cleanliness and sustainability for a healthier planet.

Musical performance

During the day there will be a Classical music concert which is both elaborate and expressive. The concert will mainly comprise of North Indian Classical music or Hindustani music, which actually has a significant amount of Persian influence. The main instruments that would be showcased in this concert is the Sitar and the Tabla.

Partners

In addition to our general sponsors and partners for the platform, we’d also like to thank the following organizations for their help in making Namaste Stockholm possible

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