The ambassadors and the crème de la crème of the social circle of Delhi attend the second edition of Namaste Pacific

Leaving formal dress, ambassadors and high commissioners from different countries put on casual attire and joined together to celebrate the second edition of Namaste Pacific, an event jointly organized by the high commissioners of New Zealand, Australia, Fiji and Papua New Guinea . Organized at the New Zealand High Commissioner's residence, the event saw the ambassadors and the crème de la crème of the social circle of Delhi meeting with their friends from India and other embassies about food, drinks and cultural performances.

RAN_1399 Brendan Ward, Ambassador of Ireland with VN Dalmia

United with warm hospitality

The high commissioners of the four countries, who wore flower headdresses, welcomed the guests with Genda (marigold) garlands at the entrance. Kava, a Fijian drink, artefacts from Papua New Guinea , a Rugby booth by the Australian High Commission, and food slow-cooked in a cooking pit especially constructed for the event at the New Zealand High Commission, were among the offerings for the guests. Aaradhna, an award-winning artist from Ru0026B and soul from New Zealand , performed at the event along with her band, which was introduced as “the perfect embodiment of Namaste Pacific”. Harinder Sidhu, High Commissioner, Australia, told us, “It is a day to celebrate our cultural identities and share that with the Indian public. All our countries in the Pacific are known for great weather, warm sunshine, warm hospitality and informal atmosphere, along with our own specific cultures.”

RAN_1286 Vijay Thakur Singh, Secretary (East), Ministry of Foreign Affairs was the guest of honor

Namaste Pacific is a creation of Joanna Kempkers, High Commissioner, New Zealand. He told us that he has spent 13 years of his life published in different regions of the Pacific, which explains his colorful attire. “That is probably the reason why I can eclipse half of the people here, with the Pacific clothes I have in my closet. We talked about the Indo-Pacific all the time, but we realized that many people don't know much about the part of the Pacific. Through culture, food, friendship and fun, we wanted to bring the Pacific environment to India, ”he said.

RAN_1401 Marten van den Berg, ambassador of the Netherlands

Provide exposure to the identity of the Pacific in Delhi

The event presented cultural performances from Fiji and Papua New Guinea . “As part of our cultural performance, we have Papa Guineans dancing with Fijians. We are naturally very casual and we look at the bright side of life, so that is what we presented today,” said Yogesh Punja, High Commissioner, Fiji. Agreeing with Punja, Paulias Korni, High Commissioner, Papua New Guinea , added, “This is the way through which we can provide exposure to the Pacific identity for the Indian community and ensure that they understand the Pacific better.” Deepa Malik, who was also a guest at the event, said, “It is like visiting the Pacific without going there.” Deepa Malik: this is my first celebration after winning Khel Ratna

RAN_1502 Deepa Malik with her mother

Paralympic silver medalist Deepa Malik, who was recently awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, was present at the event with her mother and daughter. This was Deepa's first celebration, as it happened a day after she was awarded. This is my first celebration after winning the Khel

Ratna It feels good since many people here have also come and congratulated me on my prize. I am very happy to have won the award, and I am very impressed by the inclusive approach and the thinking behind it, because I thought: Why me? How could it be chosen? Then they told me that this year the focus is on women

empowerment and inclusion. Being chosen in that field is something that validates my trip, ”he said.

RAN_1280 Vetsop Namgyel, Ambassador of Bhutan

RAN_1407 Manish, Joint Secretary (South and Nalanda), Ministry of Foreign Affairs

RAN_1411 François Delhaye, Ambassador of Belgium

RAN_1415 Ron Malka, ambassador of Israel, with his wife Lea

RAN_1524 The artists perform Meke, a traditional Fiji dance

RAN_1363 Aaradhna, an award-winning artist from Ru0026B and soul from New Zealand Namaste Pacific introduced the culture of the Pacific to India. To see more photos of the event, visit our Facebook page