The Saudi dignitaries, diplomats, Saudi nationals and members of Indian diaspora attended the event in large numbers. Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia inaugurated the event.
Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador highlighted the historic people to people contacts between India and Saudi Arabia and mentioned that ‘India Day’ would further enhance the understanding of the Indian Cultural Diversity among the Saudi nationals. He also thanked the Diplomatic Quarter General Authority for their association and cooperation in organizing this event.
A wide range of cultural performances ranging from Classical dance forms such as Kuchpudi, Kathak, Bharatnatyam to Instrumental and Carnatic Music to Martial Arts to Magic Show was organized enthralling the audience across ages.
The Photo Exhibition titled ‘Paradise Unexplored’ comprised photographs from the 8 North-Eastern States of India, under the themes of People, Festivals, Architecture, Natural Beauty and Dances.
The photos gave an opportunity for the dignitaries to have a glimpse of the culture, tradition, architecture, lifestyle and wildlife of North-Eastern India.
The Cuisine part had display of authentic and traditional Indian dishes by the local Indian restaurants (LuLu, Saravana Bhavan, Mumtaj Restaurant, Fahad Restaurant, Al Kabeer and Darbar), which added flavour and fervour to the taste buds of the visiting dignitaries and audience.
The visiting women had their hands decorated with the Indian Henna/Mehendi. The traditional Kerala Boat displayed allured audience to click pictures with the boat in the background.
It was one of the events of its kind and reflects the growing strategic relations between India and Saudi Arabia especially after the historic visit of Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi to the Kingdom in 2016 and the state visit of HRH Crown Prince, Prince Mohammed bin Salman to India in February this year.