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From Mumbai to Mitte: Traditional Indian Dance by the Indian Embassy

January 16th, 2014

Storytelling Thullal Dance Bought to Berlin by the Indian Embassy

As part of ongoing cultural activities at the Indian Embassy in Berlin, the night of traditional dance seeks to offer a something different.

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News from Berlin. The Indian Embassy’s cultural calendar offers a slice of Indian storytelling to the German capital.

Through the medium of dance, Hartmut Schmidt intends to retell traditional Indian stories in an art form that mixes rhythm, movement, hand gestures and facial expression, traditional to Southern India.

Schmidt has become a master in the art of traditional Thullal storytelling having studied and practised for the last 23 years both in India and abroad. The artist also learned the Kerelan language of Mayalam, translating many of the region’s works into German for the international audience.

Schmidt’s work was formally recognized by the Indian government and the German-Indian Society with the Gisela Bonn-Award in 2005.

The event takes place in the Indian Embassy, located at 17, Tiergarten Straße, 10785. There are 200 tickets for the evening, which begins at 18:00, and entrance is only guaranteed with a valid identity card or passport.

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