By Una Sabharwal & Claude Fernandes – Team Mangalorean
Readers! We are sure you will remember our write up on the Global village, a week or two ago. To continue with our topic – "The Global Village" we have something more to tell you, something which will be of interest to all. We visited the Indian, Tanzanian, Chinese and Singapore pavilions once again and captured some more images which will give you another glimpse of the Global Village that is set up in the heart of Dubai.
At the main entrance of the Tanzania pavilion you will find a stage set up to entertain visitors and a big banner which tells us that we are entering the Tanzanian pavilion. The sound of traditional Tanzanian music and the beat of African drums and the unique dance of the Masai tribe and last but not least, the" fire-eaters" who keep you spellbound.
The beats of the African music keeps our feet tapping on the floor. The vendors are all dressed in their customary dress and they are ever so polite that a visitor is tempted to visit them once again in order to buy one of their traditional outfits or toys and artifacts made of wooden. The statues made of wood are really marvelous and their wooden fashion jewellery and accessories are worth making a note of.
You can also pick up scientifically extracted pure honey from the forests of Kilimanjaro. There are a number of items such as salad bowls, forks and spoons made of ebony and teakwood specially designed in keeping with Tanzanian heritage and tradition.
The Chinese martial arts is a welcome treat to visitors . The Chinese dances and the stunts and acrobatics keep you spellbound and you wish that you can stand there and continue watching for a longer time. These antics draw a number of visitors to the pavilion.
The Indian Pavillion is the greatest crowd puller in the entire global Village. Inside the pavilion a stage has been set up and the backdrop of the stage is the replica of Sanchi Stupa in Madhya Pradesh. The Sanchi Stupa is one of the oldest stone structures, built by Emperor Ashoka.
The cultural performances and dances performed by various artists draw a large number of people to the pavilion which can accommodate about 1500 people. But this is not enough, as the crowd of about 2000 or more come there to see the various dances. Next year the Indian authorities should plan a better seating area to accommodate more people. If a visitor wants to watch the show he or she will have to enter the pavilion much before the time in order to get a place to sit. The dances are indeed scintillating and foot tapping.
Hurry Up And Drive Down Towards The Global Village. You will definetely enjoy yourselves there.