A ten-member Malian traditional music group ‘Ensemble Instrumental Nationalof Mali’ visited India between 18-19 June 2012 to take part and perform at the Africa Day Festival organized by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.
Bollywood films and TV serials (dubbed in French) are quite popular in Mali. Many Malians recognize some famous Indian actors and adore Indian dresses and jewellery exhibited in Bollywood films. Recently, the Embassy has also facilitated airing of an Indian tele-series 'Kabhie Kabhie', dubbed in French, by ORTM - Mali's national TV. The programme is very popular among Malian viewers.
The small Indian community in Bamako also keeps organizing cultural events to mark various Indian festivals. Malians and expatriates, in equal measure, enthusiastically participate at these events and eagerly look forward to such events.