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Cultural programme: How Modi and Xi will be entertained today | India News

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping are set to meet in the seaside town of Mamallapuram in Tamil Nadu, which is hosting the second informal summit between the two leaders.
PM Modi arrived in Chennai this morning and was received by Tamil Nadu governor Banwarilal Purohit, chief minister K Palaniswami, deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam and others at the airport. The Chinese president landed at the Chennai airport in the afternoon, from where he is proceeding to Mamallapuram, 50 km away, amid tight security.
The two leaders will go on guided tour of three famous monuments – Arjuna’s Penance, Five Rathas/Five Chariots and the Shore Temple. At the Shore Temple, the PM is hosting a cultural programme in honour of Xi.
The programme includes a dance performance called ‘Alarippu’ that symbolises the offering of respect to God, the teacher and the audience.
Then there is ‘Purappadu’, where the dancer expresses himself through various hand gestures and facial expressions which closely follow the verses that are being recited. The performance is marked by high tempo music, quick foot movements, and vigorous drumbeats. ‘Purappadu’ is a component of the initial part of the ‘Kathakali’ dance performance.
Sethubandhanam’ — an excerpt from Rukmini Devi’s six-part series on ‘Ramayana’ — will be presented. This particular scene is from ‘MahaPattabhishekam’ which was choreographed in the year 1970 by Rukmini Devi. It depicts the building of the bridge across the sea to Lanka — ‘Sethubandhanam’.
Bhajo re Bhaiyya Ram Govind Hari — a devotional song composed by the 15th-16th century saint Kabir – is also on the agenda, followed by ‘Tillana’ — a dance performance based on the rhythm patterns of a famous composition called ‘Shanti Nilava Vendum’, which seeks to promote the message of peace and harmony.
The programme concludes with Shanthi Nilava Vendum — a prayer for global peace.

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