Oman Observer Essay Competition

Indian Embassy in Muscat has been organising a series of cultural, economic and community events as part of celebration of 70 years of India’s Independence, including, dance and music performances, essay and quiz competitions, exhibition of paintings, seminars and workshops with a view to highlight the journey of India as a nation since it independence in 1947.

After the visit of the Kathak Dance troupe, led by Dinesh Poddar, in August, which gave enthralling performances in Muscat, Suhar, Nizwa and Salalah, will be treated with scintillating Indian contemporary dance performances by the dance troupe led by Guru Tanushree Shankar. Both the Groups have been sponsored by Indian Ministry of Culture to visit Oman to celebrate India @70.
The Indian contemporary dance troupe, led by Guru Tanushree Shankar, will be visiting Oman from November 8 to 15. The Group will perform at the Indian Embassy Lawns on November 9. It will also give performances at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Suhar, on November 10; Sur Royal Hall, Sur, on November 12; and at Indian Social Club in Salalah on November 14.
Dancer and choreographer, Guru Tanushree Shankar, is the Artistic Director of Tanushree Shankar Dance Troupe in Kolkata. Based on the creative style, pioneered by India’s legendary dancer Uday Shankar, Tanushree has developed a unique style of choreography, which is both creative and contemporary.

The dances, to be performed by her troupe, based on ‘Uday Shankar’s Style of Dance’, are set to the vibrant music of visionary artiste Ananda Shankar and others and are presented in a theatrical manner appreciated by the audiences worldwide. The dances, a perfect blend of the rich Indian Kathak traditions and the more open outlook of the West, are Indian in spirit, modern in presentation and universal in appeal.
The members of Tanushree Shankar Dance Troupe are accomplished dancers having performed both in India and abroad in more than 40 countries. They have performed in many prestigious festivals, including Middfest International in USA, the Womad Festival in UK & Canary Islands, the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival in UK, ‘Opening Ceremony’ of India Festival in Russia, Maximum India Festival in USA & Canada, NABC in San Francisco and Canada.
The Group will be presenting Amity, which depicts human journey and vast experiences gained during the journey called life, including the spirit of humanity; Fishermen’s Dance, depicting the joy and happiness that the fisher folk find in their daily work; Wrishya Vihar, a story of unity of deer when confronted with existential threat posed by hunters; Pahari, a folk dance depicting the joy and happiness of the people living in hills; Mann Mayuri, expressing the love that the majestic peacock shares with the rains; Pratiksha, signifying the longing, a desire that exists at various levels in every human’s life; Maitree, a tribute to women, highlights their innate goodness, strength, character and their bonding together; Surrender, which is a ballet dance based on Sufi poet Jelaluddin Rumi’s poem, Human Being; and Reincarnation, which depicts the pace at which life moves and completes the full circle from childhood to old age.



Chief of Naval Staff, Bangladesh Navy
Chairman, Indian Ocean Naval Symposium


Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) is a multilateral maritime security initiative undertaken in 2008. In the broader perspective it was initiated taking all the littoral countries of the Indian Ocean (IO) onboard to promote friendly relationship and build professional cooperation among the IOR littorals. It is aimed to promote measures and mechanisms of constructive engagement that bear upon issues of regional maritime security and cooperation in the maritime domain. Over a very short span of time IONS has emerged as one of the largest alliance of navies and maritime security agencies of the world.

This 7 years’ period of IONS has already seen some significant achievements. Importantly, since the inaugural meeting of IONS in 2008, the forum has provided opportunities to discuss and develop a common understanding of the challenges of the vast expanse of IO and address them in keeping with the aspirations to make it safe and secure for the collective maritime wellbeing.

In the last Conclave of Chiefs (CoC) 2014 in Perth, for the first time the Charter of Business (CoB) was adopted by consensus. It is definitely a milestone achievement as the Charter will serve the basis for further cooperation. Some concrete actions have also been instituted by agreeing principally to form three IONS Working Groups (IWG) for collaborative capacity building to synergize each other’s capacity. Currently IONS has 22 members and 04 observer navies and maritime security agencies.

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I am indeed proud to be the Chair of IONS which has emerged as an effective multilateral co-operative contrust of IOR Navies. You will appreciate that the geo-political and geo-strategic significance of the Indian Ocean has gained more prominence than before. The growing number of countries showing interest in IONS manifested this fact during our last conclave in Dhaka which culminated with numbers of tangible outcomes to bolster IONS initiatives.

I like to reinstate that, during my tenure, I shall venture to render pragmatic deliverables as an outcome of IONS nations’ cohesion, collaboration and cooperation with all of your support. I am sanguine that your valued contribution to the forum will make it more vibrant and meaningful in the days to come. I urge for your cooperation and support to keep our endeavour of IONS progressing forward in future. Please rest assured of my highest cooperation at all times. Feel free to surf this site and forward any suggestion for improvement.

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