Assam folk dances in Iceland
Folk dancers from Assam performing at Reykjavik, the national capital of Iceland. Image credit - Twitter @indembiceland

Indian folk dances from Assam including Bihu, Karbi, Mishing, Tiwa and Bodo dances have been introduced in Iceland.

A cultural troupe from Assam recently reached Reykjavik, the national capital of Iceland, to represent India at Reykjavik Culture Night which was held on Saturday.

Informing this on their official Twitter handle, the Indian Embassy in Iceland stated, “Indian Folk Dances from Assam introduced in Iceland.”

The Embassy of India in Iceland presented the Indian folk dances represented by the Assam’s cultural troupe in cooperation with the City of Reykjavik.

The Reykjavik Culture Night is one of the most popular festivals in Reykjavík, which is always held around the city’s birthday.

Reykjavík was founded on August 18, 1786, and Culture Night is celebrated that day, provided it falls on a Saturday, or else the Saturday thereafter.

The folk artistes from Assam mesmerized the audience during the cultural night with their performance of Bihu, Karbi, Mishing, Tiwa and Bodo dances.

The performers from Assam were able to draw the attention of the audience at Reykjavik and well represented the diversity of Indian culture.

All day long, there were celebrations throughout the city.

Those, who planned to attend the event, were encouraged by the city administration to use public transportation, ride their bikes or walk, for most of the streets downtown remained closed to motorized traffic from 7 am on Saturday till 1 am on Sunday morning.

On the occasion, Íslandsbanki Reykjavík Marathon was also held between 8:40 am and 4:10 pm.

The festival’s opening ceremony was held at 1 pm at Hagatorg square, where Mayor Dagur B. Eggertson addressed the guests.

The festival culminated in a fireworks display at Arnarhóll at 11 pm.

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