At the invitation of Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in India and Indian Institutes of Technology Bombay, Chio-Tian Folk Drums and Arts Troupe performed at the latter on December 26 and 27. It received applauses from tens-of-thousands of audience members and enabled more Indian people to experience the temple festival culture of Taiwan.
Indian Institutes of Technology Bombay held Asia's largest college cultural festival known as Mood Indigo from December 26 to 29. This festival has been held since 1971 and attracts an average of 100,000 people every year.
Well-known Taiwanese performing groups such as U-Theatre and others had been invited to Mood Indigo in the past years. 1700 universities and colleges from India participated in this event, and the groups of art performance from 24 countries were also invited to perform shows. This was the third straight year that Taiwanese performing group was invited.
Representing Taiwan, Chio-Tian Folk Drums and Arts Troupe performed in Mood Indigo on December 26 and 27, including the 3 songs of Universal Atmosphere, Electric-Techno Neon Gods and Drumming through the World. With powerful drums and thunderous energy, along with the agile and lively footwork of the dancers, it created an energetic and merry atmosphere that received applauses from tens-of-thousands audiences and enabled more Indian people to experience the temple festival culture of Taiwan.
Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in India, Education Division Leader, Peters Chen, who attended Mood Indigo on behalf of Representative Ambassador Chung-Kwang Tien, stated that temple festivals and activities of Kerala and other central and southern India provinces share a similarity with the temple parade formation culture of Taiwan and the Lead Generals mask also has similar meanings, hence Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in India decided to invite Chio-Tian to perform at Mumbai since March 2019.
Chen continued that, under great support from the General Association of Chinese Culture and assistance from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, TAITRA, Kuei Tien Culture and Art Foundation and Cultural Affairs Bureau of Taichung City Government, they have finally successfully introduced Taiwanese temple festival cultures to young friends of India.
After watching the performance, an Indian student said that although there were similar temple parade formations in this hometown, the ones presented by Chio-Tian was more awesome and cooler than those at home.
The Indian Institutes of Technology Bombay, Industrial Design Center Researcher Ojas, who once studied Mandarin in Taiwan Education Center at IITB, said that he was impressed by Chio-Tian Folk Drums and Arts Troupe for being able to train students who dropped out of school with professional and spectacular cultural performances. He hopes that one day he can continue his studies in Taiwan.
The 2012 Taiwanese film Din Tao: Leader of the Parade was inspired by the true story of Chio-Tian Folk Drums and Arts Troupe. Chio-Tian was founded by Leader Chen-Jung Hsu in 1995 and the troupe has been invited to USA, Canada, Europe, Japan and many other places for performance. In recent years, the troupe has dedicated in creating theatre plays, endeavored itself in promoting and passing on the beautiful folk culture of Taiwan, and promoted the cultural creative industry of Taiwan.