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Ancient art for modern woes

art and culture Updated: May 11, 2011 01:18 IST
Aakriti Sawhney
Aakriti Sawhney
Hindustan Times
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Over the years, studies have proved that art forms, such as dance, music, puppetry and theatre act as stress-busters and are used for various therapies and healings. Based on this concept, the ongoing International Ancient Arts Festival aims to educate youngsters on how various art forms can be used as therapies in modern-day life. So come and enjoy a bouquet of performances from across the world followed by talks on benefits of these art forms.

“The festival will get artists, scholars and scientists from across the world on one platform to address urban lifestyle challenges,” says Reela Hota, the festival director. Explaining the concept, Hota says, “Paintings, through its colours, forms and figures, are considered to have a positive impact on humans. Similarly, musical combinations and sound vibrations can be used to cure various disorders. By just enjoying these performances, one can derive great benefits.”

Presented by Rays of Wisdom Society, in collaboration with Indian Council for Cultural Relations and Habitat World, the festival will take place at two different venues over the next three days.

Today, there will be Gulab Bari — a performance by artists from Banaras Hindu University. “In the show, performers shower rose petals on the audience while singing,” says Hota. Sangeeta Pandit - a performer in the show - is a trained Hindustani classical singer, who has researched in music therapy’s role in dealing with psychological disorders.

Beside this, Ayodhya-based Patthar Mandir will stage Ramlila in the traditional Awadhi style. The festival will end with a fusion music performance by GS Rajan (India) on flute and Jina Choi (Korea) on the piano.

Check it out
What: International Ancient Arts Festival
Where: Azad Bhawan Auditorium, IP Estate and India Habitat Centre
On till: May 13
Tel: 9891189444
How to get there: Hop on to the Violet Line of the Delhi Metro