The last Sunday of February turned out rather special for us with invites to attend and cover the 3rd Delhi International Tango Festival. It was the grand finale night of a four day Tango Festival at The Lounge & Bar, Eros Hotel, New Delhi. The beauty of it was yet to unfold which had charming guests, the Tango fest finalists, electrifying performances by maestros and the gorgeous hostess Kiran Sawhney.
Tango and Kiran
Kiran Sawhney is the Indian Tanguera founder of NDTS, the Tango School in Delhi. You can read about the regular Tango Milongas Kiran and Eduardo have started in the capital. Milongas are social evenings for Tango enthusiasts to learn and meet other Tango fans in town. The third edition of Delhi International Tango Festival (DITF) is the continuation of her efforts to promote Tango culture in India.
The 4-Day Tango Festival #DITF
DITF is a festival for tango beginners keen to learn fundamentals with master teachers as well as for seasoned and improvisational tangueros. The participants over four days learnt the nuances of this dance form. The maestros Dana Jazmin Frigoli and Adrian Romeo Ferreyra were flown in from Buenes Aires. Sessions were designed to learn musicality, combination of movements and how to break the axis and live to dance. The Tango Festival had workshops and session at an all-level, intermediate, and advanced section. Participants loved the friendly atmosphere, the high quality workshops in air-conditioned rooms with wooden floors and the wonderful Milongas with superb music. The 4-day long DITF Tango festival culminated in a super-exciting grand finale night with power packed performances and felicitation ceremony.
Grand Finale Night
On the left of lobby at Eros Hotel the quaint Lounge & Bar was filled with Tango enthusiasts from all over the world. The crowd was a mix of Indians and foreigners, mainly from the diplomatic circles of the capital. When we arrived, some of them had already taken to the floor while others were enjoying the music and dance. Some were engaged in talks, food and drinks. The food and drinks was a la carte served in style. On the whole, the mood at the Tango fest was ebullient with DJ spinning out Tango numbers to which almost everyone had taken to dancing as the night progressed.
Kiran introduced me to the maestros Dana Jazmin Frigoli and Adrian Romeo Ferreyra from Buenos Aires DNI Tango. Dana came across as a very warm person and Adrian very enthusiastic about the whole festival. Dana and Adrian shared their experience at DITF and how culturally rich they find India. They also told me about their work back in Argentina at DNI Tango school. Check our YouTube channel for a tete-a-tete we had with the Tango diva in this video.
While we were chatting some of her Indian students from the workshops came to show their love and respects to her. They showered her with bouquets and gifts. The bonhomie and warmth they have developed during this festival was quite evident. It was all a picture of love and warmth.
The star attraction of the night was the performance by maestro duo. Dana and Adrian captivated the audiences with their electric performances. The audience was spellbound by their switchblade footwork, split-second scissor-kicks and vertiginous lifts. The DJ was too good with his job and catching the pulse of audience surprised them with Indian numbers. The crowd gave the loudest cheering to Tango on Humma Humma number from the movie OK Jaanu. The duet performance was poetry in motion as they effortlessly glided with spiking footwork. The encore requests were quite natural which were graciously obliged. Watch the maestros perform in a YouTube video compilation of the grand finale night. (Video link)
Later, the top performers at the festival were felicitated at the award ceremony. Dana and Adrian too were lovingly given gifts by the organizers and honored for their support to the festival. After the grand ceremony the after party continued but we bid adieu to the lovely gathering.