Fiji’s ‘Like Little India’, Says Visiting Dance Troop


SUVA – Two members of the visiting Odissi Dance Group from India say they will never forget their visit to Fiji. The group is in Fiji as part of the Indian Cultural Centre’s (ICC) 40th anniversary celebrations.

Group leader Meera Das, who has over 20 years of dance experience and has performed in over 13 countries, said Fiji, showed her what a true multi-cultural country was like.

“This is our first time in Fiji and it is a wonderful experience and there are very nice people here,” Ms Das said.

“The audience on Monday was wonderful and the response was very good. Fiji has showed us that background and races doesn’t matter when people of all cultural backgrounds turned up and they came to watch us perform,” she said.

She said dancing was her passion and it was her mission to show the Odissi to the whole world and Fiji was fortunate to experience it.

“I want to spread my culture and dance to the whole world and it is very good to see the interest shown by the people of Fiji so now I request people to come and watch us perform at our other shows,” Ms Das said.

Group lead vocalist Nazia Sayeed echoed similar sentiments as her lead dancer.

“I have been performing on stage since I was five years old and this is my first visit to this side of the globe,” Sayeed said.

“It’s a great pleasure to be here in Fiji and the people are very courteous and lovely and it feels like little India to me,” she said.

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