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India festival wraps after wowing crowds

AAP logoAAP 7/11/2016 Lisa Martin

India's outgoing envoy in Canberra has hailed a cultural festival featuring world-class dancers and musicians as the highlight of his posting in Australia.

Starting in August, the Confluence Festival ran 72 events across seven cities and wraps up in Canberra on Tuesday night with a gala closing event - the classical Bharatanatyam dance by the renowned Kalakshetra Foundation of Chennai.

Governor-General Peter Cosgrove will be among the dignitaries in attendance.

Indian High Commissioner Navdeep Suri hailed the cultural bonds forged during the festival.

"Confluence represents a meeting point - of arts and artiste, of ideas and ideals, of cultures and civilisations," he said in a statement.

"As my wife Mani and I get ready to leave Australia for our next diplomatic assignment, we will look back at Confluence as one of the true highlights of our sojourn in Australia."

World-class dance troupe Nrityagram were among the headline acts.

There were also theatre performances, Bollywood flash mobs, life-size puppet shows and yoga sessions.

Indian and Australian cartoonists created cartoons about each other's political landscape.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged the festival during his historic visit to Australia in 2014.

It has been one of the largest foreign cultural festivals to be organised in Australia.

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