Reportage: India by the Bay 2017

Indian CG Puneet Agrawal delivering his welcoming notes.

The third annual India by the Bay festival was launched on 17 February in Hong Kong to celebrate India’s rich culture with a collection of exotic events and exhibitions ranging from classical arts to contemporary performances and more.

“Given the diversity and uniqueness of India, it may take us a lifetime to present before you in all its facets. And therefore the festival of India by the Bay, we have been trying give you sharp glimpses of Indian traditions,” Indian Consul General Puneet Agrawal noted during the opening ceremony.

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The festival, co-presented by Asia Society Hong Kong Center and Teamwork, will last until 25 February and is built on the success in the previous two years to bring in Indian visual art on top of the brilliance of Bollywood, dance and music performances as well as a taste of “Brit-Indi” culinary.

An India by the Bay Family Day was also organised yesterday for children and parents with activities including storytelling session and various workshops in theatre, crafts, yoga, and dance.

“We truly believe that culture is the one thing that can cross boundaries, that can open your mind to another world, another philosophy, another history,” festival director Sanjoy Roy said. “In today’s world of alternative truths, culture primarily is something that creates the fundamentals of humanity and empathy.”

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Alex Fok is a Harbour Times journalist monitoring Hong Kong's daily political scene and diplomatic updates. He obtained his bachelor's degree in Economics, Politics and International Studies from University of Warwick and his master's degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a former committee member of the Warwick-based Hong Kong Public Affairs and Social Service Society (WHKPASS) and was the chief editor of the society's magazine - PASSTIMES.