"BUGAKU-HOE" Japanese and Indian Traditional Music/Dance Festival
Date Venue Entry
September 8, 2007 Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall, Kawasaki, Japan Open
November 29, 2007 Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi Open
December 1 & 2, 2007 Shilpgram, Khajuraho Open

It is said that the Indian classical dance dates back to the ancient times when Buddhism blossomed wherein people revered everything in nature as sacred and danced in joy for the blessings from the Gods or to express their faith in the almighty that governs fate.

The postures assumed by the dancers, their silent gestures, had become to be seen as the sole human means of communication to the Gods.

Bugaku Hoe, which has been passed down from a thousand and several hundred years or so, is an integrated theatrical art form, an amalgamation of Buddhism ceremony (Shomyo) and Japanese Gagaku (the worlds oldest orchestra and dance).

In essence, it is an expression of the Buddhist spirit imported from India and, at the same time, it is also a form of religious ceremonial music, as performed by the Imperial Household Agency Board of Ceremonies. It is perceived as a platform for communication with the Universe, as is the Indian classical dance.

The objective of this program is to create a new platform for international cultural exchange through the direction by Prof. Toshiro Kido.

The Buddhists of Chisan sect of Shingon Buddhism as a Shomyo group and The Tokyo Gakuso, consisting of Imperial Household Agency Board of Ceremonies will participate from Japan, while the most popular dancing company will participate from India.

The capital of India and the Khajuraho temples, which have been registered as one of the world heritages, have been selected as venues, promising for a program appropriate to be a part of The Year of Japan in India.