Indian art, culture festival to be held in Australia

By: | Updated: June 24, 2016 1:41 PM

India's art and culture will be on display during the first ever 'Festival of India' to be held across Australia in August.

In a bid to give more exposure to the programme, the festival has been tied up with other major Australian festivals. (Reuters)

India’s art and culture will be on display during the first ever ‘Festival of India’ to be held across Australia in August.

Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Canberra will witness several platforms of creativity, the festival will throw light on classical, contemporary and new experimental India, according to the Indian High Commissioner Navdeep Suri.

The four month long festival has been carefully designed to create an apatite for the Indian classical and contemporary arts which so far had very little exposure in arts community here, Suri said.

The festival was a public private initiative involving Indian government in association with Australia’s federal, state governments and some large private organisations.

It would feature performances by renonwned groups and performers from India like Nirtyagram,  Kalakshetra, Manipuri’s Pung cholom, Odissi dancer Sujatha Mahopatra, Sofi gospel project of Sonam Kalra, Raghu Dixit’s Rock music with folk flavour, an art work of Mumbai based architect Bijoy Jain, a cartoon exhibition by Ajit Ninan, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night of Piya Bheropia, puppet performance of Transposition, and also several local performances.

“The idea is to reach out not only to Indian diaspora but to the widest community of Australian art lovers and those who matter in Australia,” Suri said.

In a bid to give more exposure to the programme, the festival has been tied up with other major Australian festivals.

“We have tied up with Ozasia festival in Adelaide which will open with Indian performances of Piya Bheropia, Pung Cholom and Raghu Dixit,” Suri said, adding that similar work was being done in other cities.

“This will make sure that there will be clear Indian preeminence in this Adelaide festival,” he added.

The festival will be officially launched in Sydney next month.

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