A tourism promotional event by the state tourism department at Times Sqaure in the US was a grand success. Officials claimed that more than 3.5lakh people attended the event which was held late last month.
Tourists and visitors from all over the world , who had gathered at Times Square, participated in the event. The participants who visited the event seemed to be enjoying the colours of Kolhapuri turbans, the dresses of the lavani performers straight from various parts of Maharashtra.
Similarly, the pointed moustache masks were another crowd-puller. ‘Maharashtra – pride of India’, printed on Gandhi caps, was the slogan that people caught on to when they were distributed among the public.
The organisers of the event said that when musical instruments like the tutari and dhol-tasha set the tempo right in the beginning to make New Yorkers dance on their tunes, the sensuous lavani dances left the audience’s eyes glued to the performances.
Groups like Sangharsh and Sankalp promoted Govinda festival by forming human pyramids.
Music maestro, Shankar Mahadevan, also created a sensation through his voice and musical troupe which has also worked in television commercials of Maharashtra Tourism.
Indians, from various parts of the USA and Canada had gathered in large numbers. Even film actors Ranbir Kapoor was present at the show with his father Rishi Kapoor.