Visitors to one of India’s most iconic monuments, Gateway of India in Mumbai, were in for a treat on Monday when the site became the backdrop for a flash mob on the occasion of Rashtriya Ekta Diwas (National Unity Day). The day marks the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, one of the founding fathers of the nation, also popularly known as the ‘Iron Man’ of India.
As the elaborately dressed performers appeared among the throng of people at the Gateway, visitors were spotted taking selfies with them. A violinist struck the opening notes of ‘Saare Jahan Se Achcha’ and soon people had encircled the troupe, setting the stage for the dance.
Performers of traditional dances like Thayyam, Chhau, Kathakali, Bavada, and Mayur Nritya, enthralled the gathered audience and, as the performance wound down, they invited the spectators to join in the revelry.
Flash mobs usually involve dancers emerging from crowds in public spaces, bursting into a brief dance, and dispelling as quickly. They create an impact because of the element of surprise. According to the Hindustan Times, this flash mob was the first event of its kind organised by the government and was an initiative of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
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