Kuchipudi dancer Arunima Kumar, along with her dance troupe, performed at the Grand Platinum Jubilee celebrations of the ongoing British King Queen Elizabeth II in London. The four-day event began on Thursday with a gun salute and a military fly-past.
Mrs. Kumar, a acclaimed South Asian dancer and choreographer based in London, and her young dancers performed classical dance on the lawn of the Royal Church Westminster Abbey.
Speaking to NDTV, Ms. Kumar said, “India is a significant part of the Commonwealth. I think that’s why you see so much India around. “
Arunima Kumar, who has also performed at Buckingham Palace in the past, said, “I remember when I first met her (the queen), she commented on my sari and silk and she also tried some coins. So it is a memory I will cherish forever. . “
Not only Kuchipudi, but also Bollywood dance performances are part of the Grand Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Preeti Versani, a popular folk singer, entertained the royal family and high-profile guests like Tom Cruise through traditional Gujarat songs at Royal Windsor Castle. He said it was a great honor to be able to represent his rich culture to the world.
On Sunday, about 250 Indian dancers will take a six-meter-long Bollywood-inspired cake to the streets to mark the grand finale.
At 96, Queen Elizabeth II is the longest serving British monarch. He has visited India three times – 1961, 1983 and 1997. Also, Prince Charles is a benefactor of Ayurveda and he has visited India about a dozen times.