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ASEAN Summit in Manila: Musical play based on Ramayana delights world leaders at grand opening ceremony

Indi Lens 2017-11-14 09:44:06

A musical performance based on the epic Ramayana today drew loud applause from several world leaders and delegates at a grand opening ceremony of the two-day ASEAN summit. The play reflected India’s cultural linkages with the Philippines and several member countries of the 10-member powerful bloc. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US President Donald Trump, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and several other leaders from ASEAN’s partner countries attended the glitzy opening ceremony at the highly fortified Cultural Centre in this bustling metropolis. (Image: Twitter) | ASEAN Summit in Manila: Musical play based on Ramayana delights world leaders at grand opening ceremony” data-desc=”A musical performance based on the epic Ramayana today drew loud applause from several world leaders and delegates at a grand opening ceremony of the two-day ASEAN summit. The play reflected India’s cultural linkages with the Philippines and several member countries of the 10-member powerful bloc. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US President Donald Trump, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and several other leaders from ASEAN’s partner countries attended the glitzy opening ceremony at the highly fortified Cultural Centre in this bustling metropolis. (Image: Twitter) ” data-url=”http://www.financialexpress.com/photos/business-gallery/930836/asean-summit-in-manila-musical-play-based-on-ramayana-delights-world-leaders-at-grand-opening-ceremony/1/”>

A musical performance based on the epic Ramayana today drew loud applause from several world leaders and delegates at a grand opening ceremony of the two-day ASEAN summit. The play reflected India’s cultural linkages with the Philippines and several member countries of the 10-member powerful bloc. Prime Minister Narendra Modi,

US President Donald Trump, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and several other leaders from ASEAN’s partner countries attended the glitzy opening ceremony at the highly fortified Cultural Centre in this bustling metropolis. (Image: Twitter)

 

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    The Ramayana in the Philippines is called ‘Maharadia Lawana’ which means king Ravana. The Philippines’ famous dance is called ‘Singkil’ which is based on the Ramayana. (Image: Twitter)

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    The musical performance was choreographed by Alice Reyes of Ballet Philippines, a leading ballet company in the country founded in 1969. (Image: Twitter)

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    The prime minister said the Ramayana is widely popular among ASEAN nations and he complimented the cast and crew of the play for their “stupendous performance”. (Image: Twitter)

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    PM Modi tweeted “you would be happy to know that the @ASEAN opening ceremony included excerpts from the musical Rama Hari, based on the Ramayana. Various parts of the Ramayana were beautifully highlighted in the Rama Hari. This shows our deep historical bonds and shared heritage.” (Image: Twitter)

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    The play reflected India’s cultural linkages with the Philippines and several member countries of the 10-member powerful bloc. (Image: Twitter)

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    Prime Minister Modi will attend the ASEAN-India summit tomorrow. (Image: Twitter)