A Group for friendship between Balinese and Indian called as “Balinese-Indian Friendship Association – BIFA” was inaugurated on the independent day of India, Sunday (August 15) at Bali Dynasty Resort, Kuta.
The event supported by Indian Republic Embassy in Jakarta and Indian Cultural Centre Bali (ICCB). The event also marked the celebration of 47th Indian Independence as well as welcoming 65th Indonesia Republic independence day on the 17th of August.
“This is the event that we had waited long since the establishment of BIFA. We hope for this inauguration would increase friendship amongst Balinese and Indian, especially amongst those who attended today,” said BIFA president Deetak, accompanied by his secretary Dewi Wastu in the middle of the event.
The show was enlivened with series of cultural performances, the result of Bali-Indian cooperation. There was also an Indian Food Festival that prepared various dishes from India.
This friendship association is accommodating Indian people in Bali, both Hindu and Moslem, so there will be communication that is more intensive in order to build more harmonic relationship with Balinese.
The committee at least would spread 400 invitations to varied circles including Islamic figures in Bali. One invitation is valid for maximum two people.
The guest is also offered to become a member of the BIFA community with only 50.000 Rupiah per person meanwhile a family consist of father-mother and one child is charged 100.000 Rupiah.
Bali Governor, Made Mangku Pastika who was invited to inaugurate BIFA could not attend the event and was delegated by head of Bali Provincial Cultural Agency, Ida Bagus Sedhawa.
Governor Mangku Pastika in his welcome speech hope with the presence of BIFA will increase the friendship through varied fields such as cultural art, religion, education and more.
BIFA also hope to increase Indian tourists coming to Bali and vice versa. Thus, this friendship bond would also support tourism and automatically give a positive economical impact.
This international event was attended by not less than 500 invitations. Half of them belonged to India’s ethnic who live in Bali. The event was also attended by the three Hindu Priests: Ida Pedanda Made Gunung, Ida Pedanda Sebali Tianyar Arimbawa (Dharma Adyaksa from Central PHDI) and Ida Pedanda Gede Sunu Telaga.
The Chairman of the committee, Mrs. Neeta Maholtra explained that this association can strengthen the relationship between Balinese and India citizens. “ The founding of BIFA gives Balinese and India citizens the opportunity to increase their friendship in the form of religion, culture, art, education or economy’ and networking. This will strengthen the national relationship between us” said Mrs. Neeta who owned the network of Queens of India Restaurant accompany with Mr. Deepak Idnani (President of BIFA).
The same proclamation also said by Governor of Bali represented by The Head of Cultural Official. He expects that a friendship of Balinese and Indian citizens in Bali could give a productive contribution to Bali.