When In­dia met the world

HT City - - Lifestyle - Na­banita Das

The 11th edi­tion of Delhi In­ter­na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val (DIAF) kicked off with the open­ing cer­e­mony on Satur­day. Brav­ing the smoggy weather, Cap­i­tal’s art af­fi­ciona­dos en­joyed a per­for­mance by In­dian clas­si­cal dancers on the song Vande Mataram along with per­for­mances from coun­tries such as Rus­sia and Egypt.

Amelt­ing pot of tal­ent across the world is the 11th edi­tion of Delhi In­ter­na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val. Tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from the con­cept of Va­sudeva Ku­tum­bakam (The world is one fam­ily), the fes­ti­val, hosted by Forum for Art be­yond Bor­ders and Prasid­dha Foun­da­tion in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Min­istry of Cul­ture, In­dian Coun­cil for Cul­tural Re­la­tions (ICCR) and the Delhi govern­ment, has per­for­mances by 1500 artists from 26 coun­tries till Novem­ber 25 in Delhi. From an ar­ray of Asian films, In­dian clas­si­cal mu­sic per­for­mances by Ra­jat Prasanna, Zu­ber Niyazi, a pup­pet dance from In­done­sia, po­etry recitals, the­atre and even a chil­dren’s film fes­ti­val, there’s a lot to ex­plore at this fest.

“Through this fes­ti­val, we want to draw the world’s at­ten­tion to In­dia’s soft power. The idea is to project the im­age of the fes­ti­val as the meet­ing place of ideas and artists, cul­tural con­di­tion­ers, thinkers and writ­ers,” says Prat­i­bha Prahlad, founder and fes­ti­val di­rec­tor, DIAF.

For the lit­er­ary en­thu­si­asts, the seg­ment, Words Count: Fes­ti­val of Words, will see a power-packed line-up of au­thors such as Amish Tri­pathi , Man­mo­han Vaidya, Pa­van Varma, Karthika VK , Subra­ma­nian Swamy and Fred­eric Beigbeder. “Words is some­thing, we all use. It’d be in­ter­est­ing to get dif­fer­ent peo­ple from all walks of life, [with] ide­o­log­i­cal per­sua­sions, and po­lit­i­cal per­sua­sions. There is a ses­sion, War Sto­ries and one with male par­lia­men­tar­i­ans, on Women’s Reser­va­tion bill.”

The clos­ing cer­e­mony will mark the cel­e­bra­tion of sil­ver ju­bilee of Asean-In­dia part­ner­ship at Qu­tub Mi­nar with per­for­mances by artists from Viet­nam, Bangladesh, In­done­sia and Philip­pines.

PHO­TOS: RAAJESSH KASHYAP/HT

A per­for­mance at the event

Agne Sakalauskaite

Aruna Va­sudev

Hatem El Sayed Tageldin

Prathibha Prahlad

Chung Kwang Tien

Artists from across the world will per­form at the fes­ti­val

PHOTO: RAJESSH KASHYAP

Glimpses from the open­ing gala at the Pu­rana Qila

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