Sarees of varied hues and conventional Indian dance regaled the French as completely different not-for-profit associations acquired 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 the associations that participated this yr was a physique fashioned by Indian ex-pats in Lyon known as Association de L’Inde Lyonnaise.
Haru Mehra, General Secretary of the association, who got here to France from New Delhi 4 years again, advised The Indian Express: “In the last two years, the Indian community has gone through a very difficult time and was unable to conduct regular community events such as Diwali, Holi and Ganesh Chaturthi, which were regular features of the pre-Covid era.” In January, Mehra was invited by the Mayor of Villeurbanne to debate the re-launch of cultural actions. “We decided to participate in this event with a theme on Saree and Dance, to spread the taste of India in the region,” Mehra stated. Rama Kumble, President of the association, stated, “We decided to give the responsibility of conducting the show to Indian women in Lyon, who came up with Sarees of India, a parade of sarees from different states.”
The occasion was held within the compound of the Mayor of Villeurbanne. Besides the parade, one other initiative that caught the eye of the native French individuals was a saree-wearing stand the place they might search assist in draping the standard Indian apparel and take photos in them. “This stand became a hit with all French women, young and old,” Mehra stated.
However, the spotlight of the occasion was the Indian group dance, by an all-women group, which had been getting ready for the occasion for the final two months.
“This is the first time we (Indians) are participating in the Biennale des association event but let me guarantee you this is not the last one,” Mehra stated.