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An artistic high

The Delhi International Arts festival has a variety of performances lined up for this week. Have a look at it...

art and culture Updated: Dec 08, 2010 01:32 IST
Aakriti Sawhney

The Delhi International Arts Festival (DIAF), presented by Hindustan Times, is on in full swing. From International band performances to Indian classical music, puppetry performances, theatre and dance — this rare confluence of art has it all. As the festival reaches a midway mark, we give you a glimpse of what all is lined up for the coming week.

As a part of DIAF's International performance section, today the city will witness an exciting mix of music, theatre and choreography. Titled Stick it, the performance reflects the remote and diverse nature of Tetrafide Percussion’s home city of Perth, Western Australia and African music colliding with urban choreography. This will be followed by Nomadic Orchestra of the World, an Indo-Italian fusion performance, in Kamani Auditorium at 6.30 pm.

“Nomadic Orchestra of the World (NOW) is a jugalbandi that links nomadic musicians from different communities. It’s a fusion of rock and folk where the musicians share their song and lyrics. We have 2 banjaras from India and 2 zingaras from Rome performing together,” says Meenakshi Vinay Rai, the director of the orchestra.

The festival, scheduled till December 12, will also see some of the best bands from India and abroad performing at various venues in Delhi. On Thursday, Delhi-based band Advaita will perform at DLF Promenade along with the Bangalore-based band Krishna.

“It’s great to be a part of the International Art Festival. The festival is growing every year and covers so many art forms,” says Suhail Yusuf Khan of Advaita. “On Thursday, we will be performing our three new songs from Artist Aloud, apart from our hit numbers, Durga and Mere yaar.”

Other bands lined up are Vedanta, Parikrama and Jasleen Royal from Delhi and Shivanova from UK. The festival also has a film festival segment that has an array of kids films-made by children, films for children, films on artistes from various countries, award winning panorama films and sports film.

Entry to all the shows is free.
More information can be accessed from http://www.diaf.in

FESTIVAL LINE-UP
Choir Music
December 8-9, Sacred Heart Cathedral and Lotus Temple Auditorium.

International Performances
December 8-12, Instituto Cervantes, Siri Fort and Kamani Auditorium.

Theatre and Childrens’ Film Festival
December 11, American Centre

Film festivals
December 8-12, Multiple venues

Indian Classical Music
December 8, Meghdoot Theatre

Choreography Festival
December 8-10, Azad Bhavan

Bands Festival
December 9-12, The Hub, DLF Promenade

Sufi and Qawwali
December 10, Jamia Millia Islamia

Sacred Music
December 10, Sri Aurobindo Auditorium

Edgelouge - E Creativity Festival
December 11-12, Alliance Francaise

Sufi Concert
December 12, Teen Murti Lawns

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