ASTANA – Free classes on Indian music, dance, the Hindi language and yoga were recently launched at the Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre (SVCC), the Embassy of India press service announced.
According to Sanjay Garg, SVCC director, the classes are open for everyone regardless of age or educational qualifications.
“Indian dance classes would include lessons in Indian classical dance form – Kathak, – as well as [that seen] in Bollywood (contemporary dance). The music classes would include lessons in both instrumental and vocal music traditions of India. Lessons in playing of the Indian drum (Tabla) and flute (Bansuri) as well as the singing of Bollywood and other Hindi songs would be offered at beginner and advance levels,” the announcement said.
Yoga classes are also available at SVCC. Two open sessions will welcome non-enrolled persons without prior appointment each week. A new course for the Hindi language at the beginner level has been introduced for the first time at the centre.
All of these courses are available at the SVCC, located at 2 Zhyly Oi Street, 2 Karaotkel Microdistrict 2.
The embassy of India also runs the Centre for Indian Music and Dance (CIMD) at Nazarbayev University, which opened July 18. Indian music, dance and yoga classes are being offered.
SVCC, formerly known as Indian Cultural Centre is a cultural wing of the embassy, set up in May 1994 in Almaty to strengthen cultural relations between India and Kazakhstan. The centre moved to Astana 2007, when the embassy was relocated from Almaty to Astana.
SVCC has been engaged in cultural activities, including yoga, dance and Hindi classes, the celebration of Indian festivals, the organising of cultural performances by the centre students, the screening of Indian films and documentaries and the organising of performances by visiting Indian cultural troupes in Kazakhstan and Kazakhstan’s cultural troupes in India. The centre also houses a library.
More information about the classes can be found at www.indembastana.in.