Zim-India partnership to boost arts, tourism sector

MANIPUR - The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) and the Indian Embassy in Harare have entered into a partnership that seeks to promote artists from both countries.

This was revealed by a ZTA official Tesa Chakaponya who is the head of a Zimbabwean delegation currently touring India. 

“Since last year, a number of Indian cultural groups have participated in Zimbabwe’s events such as the annual Harare International Carnival and the Harare Sunshine festival among others.

“On the other hand, we also have Zimbabwean groups that have participated in Indian cultural events such as Sangai Festival in Manipur and Flo International Dance Festival held in Gujarat among others,” said Chakaponya.

The Zimbabwean delegation in India includes Mufakose-based Hwamanda Dance Troupe who are taking part in a number of festivals here.

The highly-travelled ensemble is the only African group that has featured at the on-going Sangai Festival here in Manipur.

Early this week, the 13-member group charmed both organisers and revellers at the inaugural Flo International Dance Festival in Gujarat, India where the group shared the stage with local groups from Gujarat, Manipur, Assam, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Punjab as well as from Vietnam.

The Mufakose-based Hwamanda is a well-travelled dance group that that has won acclaim in several countries.

They have previously toured China, Denmark, Sweden, Egypt, Seychelles, Algeria, Japan, the United Kingdom, Zambia and South Africa among others.

Hwamanda manager Linnot Laimbo told the Daily News they use Zimbabwean dances to market the country. 

“We were so delighted to be part of this cultural exchange programme. The response from the audience was awesome as we showcased our traditional culture through dance.

“Chinyambera was performed by hunters while jerusarema is an initiation dance. Madane involves acrobatics.

“It was meant to portray African men particularly Zimbabweans as strong people.

“Dinhe was performed to celebrate good harvest,” the 40-year-old-group-leader said.

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