Season of celebrations
From arts to theatre, desert tales to an ode to the youth, SIMPLY DELHI brings you a calendar of festivals happening in and around the Capital that you shouldn’t miss!
November 9 to 17
This small town transforms into a cultural phenomenon during the vibrant and global Pushkar Fair, with acrobats, sadhus, tourists, traders, comedians and devotees arriving here from different parts of the country and abroad. Soak in the several days of livestock trading, live performances, handicraft shopping and joyrides in a helicopter. Feast for the eyes and the photographers, this fair is one of the most anticipated cultural events in the country ( see above) and is definitely worth driving to Rajasthan for.
At Venues across the city For more information, go to bit.ly/18F4mgQ
Sindhi Theatre Festival
December 4 to 6
Immerse yourself in the Sindhi spirit this December ( see right) and learn about the culture, quirks and traditions with three-day Sindhi Theatre Festival. The festival will showcase Vichhoon, directed by Manohar Kushalani—a Sindhi adaptation of Moliere’s famous play Les Fourberies de Scapin (Nov 4), Jaat Hi Poocho Sadhu
Ki directed by Prakash Bhatia (Nov 5) and
Nachni, a one act play featuring Sindhu Mishra, directed by Shri Bhanu Bharti (Nov 6).
At Sri Ram Centre Auditorium
November 22 to December 1
Flock to Connaught Place for the six-day Youth Festival, presented by Delhi Government’s Department of Art, Culture and Languages, which will see daily
performances in classical dance, contemporary dance, and music. Group’s like Santosh Nair’s Sadhya, Ajay Bhat’s Tapasya, and Sam Eternal Bliss band will present contemporary dance and music, while Malti Shyam’s students will perform kathak, Guru Jai Rama Rao’s students will perform kuchipuri and Anupriya’s Parinday band will give a violin performance, amongst many more ( see right).
At Central Park, Connaught Place, New Delhi
Short and Sweet
November 21 to 30
Enjoy the 4th edition of the Short+Sweet Delhi festival that presents the best ten minute plays from local and international writers, utilising the talents of the best young and established directors, actors and technical personnel to create some of the best theatre in the capital ( see below). This year, the festival will showcase works of directors including Ankit Chadha, Arnav Nanduri, Ishwar Shunya, Karam Vir Lamba, Nihal Parashar, Pramila Le Hunte, Pranay Manchanda, Shikha Sharma and Varoon P Anand.
At LTG Auditorium; Epicentre Gurgaon; and Kamani Auditorium For tickets, log on to bookmyshow.com
Jaipur Art Summit
November 7 to 11
A plethora of colour, form and texture, Jaipur Art Summit will display creative expressions on canvas, visual and digital art, sculptures, art installations and other contemporary and folk centric expressions. With spectacular art of Jatin Das, Prabhakar Kolte, Angelie Ella Menon, Manju Nath Kamath, Jai Zarotia and many other luminaries, the festival will have all this and much more. The city of Jaipur will come alive with both contemporary modern art and the historic folk traditions of Rajasthan and India.
At Hotel Clarks Amer, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur
November 27 to 29
JPSingh, Madan Dogra, Rohit Tripathi, Arun Sode, Yogesh Sharma, Rajeev Lochan, Deepak Kumar, Chitra Singh, Chandrakanta and Sarita Rana, will be participating. Tickets are priced at Rs 200, Rs 100 and Rs 50 for each show. At Shri Ram Centre, Mandi House, New Delhi Tel 9810579160
North East Festival
November 8 to 9
Head to the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts for the first ever North East festival. With all the eight north eastern states participating in it, the festival will have colourful tribal dance performances, ethnic food courts, photography exhibitions, painting exhibitions and evening cultural performance by prominent North eastern singers.
At IGNCA, 1 C.V. Mess, Janpath
Tel 23383895 Rangbhoomi is organising Rangotsav, a theatre festival in which Samrat
Ashok, written and directed by Daya Prakash Sinha, and Kissa Maujpur
Ka and Hi! Handsome written by Jayvardhan and directed by Chitra Singh will be staged.
■ About 50 actors, including