New Delhi: Tango from Argentina, Mariachi from Mexico and Salsa from Colombia would be performed at a three day Latin American music and dance festival here. The Fiesto Latino Americano- a festival begins here on April 7 with live band performances, starting from today.

"The festival is yet another initiative by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) to fulfill the vision of the potential of culture as powerful instrument of communications and building understanding between diverse societies which incidentally is also the very basic element of the Indian spirituality and civilization" says Suresh K Goel Director General, ICCR.

The festival is being organised by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations with the support of the embassies of Mexico, Colombia and Argentina.

"Indians and Latin Americans are similar in many ways at a cultural level. They both have a great sense of rhythm, beat and tempo. Their music and dance both celebrate life and energy. I am absolutely confident that people of India will enjoy it across all boundaries of age," says Goel.

‘Mama Julia group’ comprising of nine members from Colombo, will kickstart the celebrations with a 70 minute concert. The group formed in 2008 recreates the sounds of afro-Colombian music with a touch of street style.

The rhythm section is made up of traditional percussion from the pacific and Atlantic coasts,accompanied by the sweet jungle sound of the Chonta Marimba, typical of the southern Pacific coast.