Prince Charles dances in India at Holi celebration
- 5 October 2010
- From the section UK
Prince Charles has been dancing with local men while holding a parasol during a visit to a village in India.
The prince joined those performing a dance called Chang, a celebration for Holi - the festival of colours which marks the defeat of evil.
When complimented on his moves he quipped: "It's hereditary".
He was visiting a pond near Tolesar Charan village in the northern city of Jodhpur to see a water management project that has boosted supplies.
As the prince approached the area a bindi - small red dot - was placed between his eyes by a local woman.
As part of the celebrations for his visit, two men were beating out a rhythm on a 4ft drum.
Kanupriya Harish, project director of the Jal Bhagirathi Foundation, an organisation which has helped Tolesar Charan villagers improve their water management, then encouraged the prince to join in the festivities.
She said: "I asked him to come, he didn't want to but I said 'please do come and dance with us'."
Eventually the prince followed the movements of the middle-aged farmers and began to smile and twirl around, and held aloft a parasol he was given.
He also clung on to it when one of his police protection officers stretched out a hand to take it off him.
The prince was also joined on the dusty dance floor by the Maharaja of Jodhpur and Mrs Harish and continued to twirl for a few minutes, before moving on.
Prince Charles went to India to open the Commonwealth Games, currently being held in Delhi.
Jodhpur is the largest city in the state of Rajasthan.