Sarees of assorted hues and conventional Indian dance regaled the French as completely different not-for-profit associations obtained collectively to have fun the Biennale des associations de Villeurbanne competition in Villeur-banne metropolis of Lyon, France, Sunday. The occasion introduced collectively 295 associations represented by over 600 volunteers. One of many associations that participated this 12 months was a physique shaped by Indian ex-pats in Lyon known as Affiliation de L’Inde Lyonnaise.
Haru Mehra, Common Secretary of the affiliation, who got here to France from New Delhi 4 years again, advised The Indian Express: “Within the final two years, the Indian neighborhood has gone via a really troublesome time and was unable to conduct common neighborhood occasions akin to Diwali, Holi and Ganesh Chaturthi, which had been common options of the pre-Covid period.” In January, Mehra was invited by the Mayor of Villeurbanne to debate the re-launch of cultural actions. “We determined to take part on this occasion with a theme on Saree and Dance, to unfold the style of India within the area,” Mehra stated. Rama Kumble, President of the affiliation, stated, “We determined to offer the duty of conducting the present to Indian ladies in Lyon, who got here up with Sarees of India, a parade of sarees from completely different states.”
The occasion was held within the compound of the Mayor of Villeurbanne. Apart from the parade, one other initiative that caught the eye of the native French individuals was a saree-wearing stand the place they may search assist in draping the normal Indian apparel and take photos in them. “This stand grew to become successful with all French ladies, younger and previous,” Mehra stated.
Nonetheless, the spotlight of the occasion was the Indian group dance, by an all-women crew, which had been making ready for the occasion for the final two months.
“That is the primary time we (Indians) are taking part within the Biennale des affiliation occasion however let me assure you this isn’t the final one,” Mehra stated.