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A feast of Indian dances

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Cultural treat: Zhang Jinghui from Beijing will present a Kathak recital in New Delhi today.

NEW DELHI: She may be earning a decent salary as an accountant in a company in Beijing, but 32-year-old Zhang Jinghui derives the ultimate satisfaction from performing Kathak in front of a discerning audience.

Zhang is performing Kathak at Kamani Auditorium here on Wednesday as part of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations' four-day “International Dance Festival” featuring seven artistes from seven countries.

“This is my second visit to your country and I am excited to perform before a Delhi audience that understands and appreciates the nuances of Kathak. I am indebted to Ashok Chakraborty from the Indian Embassy who taught me Indian classical dance two years ago. Dancing is a continuous process and even after putting in hours of practice I still cannot claim that I have completely mastered Kathak,” said Zhang in the Capital on Tuesday.

Luckily, Zhang was not a stranger to Hindustani classical dance. Even at the age of 12 she took lessons in Bharatanatyam from her Chinese teacher. Zhang feels cultural programmes like the one organised by ICCR must be encouraged as they help foster friendly relations between peoples living in different countries.

Besides Zhang, other performers include Dayashree Pentiah-Appadoo (Mauritius) who will perform Kuchipudi and Isa Jacobi (Germany) who will perform Kathakali.

The festival was inaugurated by ICCR president Dr. Karan Singh at Kamani Auditorium here on Monday.

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