We are also delighted to have the opportunity to witness Indonesia`s cultural diversity, especially of Papua."
Wamena (ANTARA News) - The Baliem Valley Cultural Festival in Jayawijaya district area of Walesi in Papua on August 8-10, 2016, is also enlivened by the presence of Pooja Bhatnagar, an Indian dancer.

The dancer from the Jawaharlal Nehru India Culture Centre at the Indian Embassy in Jakarta, remarked here on Wednesday that she was pleased to showcase the culture of her country through dance during the Baliem Valley Festival.

"We are also delighted to have the opportunity to witness Indonesias cultural diversity, especially of Papua," she said.

Indonesia is blessed with an abundance of natural resources, unique cultures, and traditional arts that should be maintained and preserved.

Indonesia, with more than 300 ethnic groups, each with their own languages and dialects, cannot be compared with any other country in terms of its rich cultural diversity.

As an archipelago comprising more than 17 thousand islands, Indonesia has 34 provinces, with over 238 million people, and is the worlds fourth most populous country.

Indonesia is home to over 500 tribes, who speak more than 700 ethnic languages, and are spread across the country that is made up of five major islands: Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, and Papua.

Bhatnagar further noted that an invitation to attend the Baliem Valley Cultural Festival in Wamena gave her an opportunity to get a first-hand glimpse of the unique culture of Papua, which cannot necessarily be experienced elsewhere.

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