A Song, A Swede, And An Indian Festival

The music of Sweden shares the tradition of Nordic folk dance music with its neighboring countries in northern Europe, including polka, waltz, and mazurka. Some of my most popular music bands are from Sweden or have some connection with Sweden: ABBA, Roxette, Ace of Base, and The Cardigans. The list goes on.

And now you must be thinking what it is to do with an Indian festival. For long, Indians get frustrated and annoyed with the frequent stereotyped portrayal of India by the West, such as slums and poverty, snakes and elephants on the road, half-naked men, sadhus and many such things.

Therefore, it was quite refreshing when Swedish singer Noonie Bao recently shot her latest music single, “Do You Really Care” during the Holi Festival in India, last year around the same time. Holi – the festival of colors – is undoubtedly the most fun-filled and boisterous of Hindu festival. As Shelley rightly said, “If Winter comes, Can Spring Be Far Behind.” With winter neatly tucked up in the attic, it’s time to come out of our cocoons and enjoy this spring festival.

And I must say it is a wonderful portrayal of the only existing civilization in this world.

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