Man­gani­yars and Manipur tie up Arth fest

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - Advitya Bahl [email protected]­

New Delhi: The third and last day of Arth — A Cul­tural Fes­ti­val ended on Sun­day with a dis­cus­sion on var­i­ous is­sues such as the tra­di­tions of Kash­mir, Rit­u­als: bal­anc­ing tra­di­tion and moder­nity, the un­told sto­ries of In­dian cour­te­sans and dis­cus­sion on the vis­i­bil­ity of the LGBTQIA com­mu­nity.

The epic Ra­mayana was also de­picted through shadow pup­pets. Arth cel­e­brated the essence of ‘Indic thought and phi­los­o­phy’.

The last day was packed with dis­courses and per­for­mances that high­lighted cul­tures that make-up In­dia’s rain­bow. While lyri­cist Manoj Mun­tashir and pro­fes­sor Ar­jun Singh Ka­dian en­gaged in po­etry in Meri Fi­trat Hai Mas­tana, an ex­pert panel dis­cussed the myth and facts of the Aryan In­va­sion The­ory. Au­thor and jour­nal­ist Rahul Pan­dita and pro­fes­sor Sangeetha Menon ex­pressed their views on the lost cul­tural tra­di­tions of Heaven on Earth, Kash­mir.

Apart from cul­tural her­itage, emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies, the im­pact of me­dia on so­ci­ety and the bound­aries of gen­der were also vig­or­ously dis­cussed. At All Is Fair In Love, the role, vis­i­bil­ity and ac­cep­tance of the LGBTQ com­mu­nity in In­dian so­ci­ety was dis­sected. Per­for­mance art was not left be­hind but rep­re­sented by cul­tural per­for­mances by states such as Manipur.

Amer­i­can-in­dian au­thor Ra­jiv Mal­ho­tra chat­ted with Chair­man of Aarin Cap­i­tal Mo­han­das Pai on the Grand In­dian Nar­ra­tive, while Grammy-win­ner in­stru­men­tal­ist Vishwa Mo­han Bhatt gave the au­di­ence a taste of the mu­si­cal tra­di­tions of the Man­gani­yars of Ra­jasthan.

Per­form­ers from Manipur give a glimpse of their cul­ture through dance

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