“Qatar – Our Second Home – A celebration of Solidarity”, an Indo-Qatar fusion show was organised by Bridge Qatar in association with the Qatar National Theatre, the Indian community expressed solidarity with Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and the Qataris. The event was inaugurated by Minister of Culture and Sports, H E Sheikh Salah bin Ghanim Al Ali.
“This event and the support that the Indian community has been providing to this country is a demonstration that the relation between India and Qatar is not just that of trade but of honour, dignity and love,” said the Minister in his opening speech. He added:“It’s my responsibility as the Minister of Culture & Sports to support to serve both the Qatari and non- Qatari communities in Qatar”.
He thanked and appreciated the efforts and hard work of artists to make the event a grand success.
Qatar National Theatre Manager Salah Al Mulla and Qatar National Theatre secretary, Yousuf Al Harami, was also present during the occasion, while Bridge Qatar Public Relations Officer Muneer Jalaludheen welcomed the audience. The event was attended by prominent personalities from the Ministry of Culture, Qatar National Theatre and leaders of the Indian community in Qatar.
Around 120 Indian artists showcased their talent in the event which was held at the Qatar National Theatre. The program was kicked off by the calligraphy drawing of the Tamim Al Majd portrait by calligraphy artist Abdul Kareem.
The event included the Indo-Arab dance, the drama “Clock Boy” depicting the life story of the American child, Ahmed Muhammed who was accidently embodied for terrorism for a clock project that he had made, intuited the audience. Different varieties of dances were performed in the program, like Qatari traditional dances. Contemporary dances, Arga dance, Kathakali, Kuchippudi, Bharatanatyam, Mohiniyaattam, and North Indian dances.
The audience were excited with the Malayalam folk songs presented by “Kanalkootam”, while songs of Mohammed Rafi, Sufi numbers and ghazals adorned the occasion. While the dramatic poetry of Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish filled the gallery with dismay, the portrayal of the Emir and Qatar Charity’s humanitarian relief to war torn countries and refugees was welcomed with a hearty ovation.
The event ended with artists and organisers coming together behind the banner “ Qatar- Our Second Home”. Popular directors of Qatar Noufal Shams, Firosh Mooppan and Krishnan Unni directed the programs. Anas Edavanna and Luqman KP provided technical support.
Saleel Ibrahim, Chairman of Bridge Qatar, expressed his gratitude and appreciation to all and stated that this programme was a solidarity of the Indian expatriate community towards the high morale that Qatar has stood up for, its compassion and support to the refugees world over and the care and love that this country has shown for the expatriates.