This monsoon, explore the city anew with a festival that features special melas, art shows, digital installations and poetry sessions in praise of the season. This festival, organised by Red Earth, will begin with a design mela on July 28 at Alliance Francaise. One can shop for stuff ranging from funky boxes, T-shirts, mugs, tea-coasters, Tibetan jewellery, scarves, and Khadi dresses, all available for Rs 500 onwards.
If you get tired of shopping, join the barsati walk on August 4. The barsati, which means a small room on the terrace, derives its name from rain (barsaat). “We will be singing songs and reading passages from the famous barsati stories as we check out the changing face of these rain rooms in Lajpat Nagar, Green Park, Nizamuddin and Greater Kailash,” says Himanshu Verma of Red Earth.The festival also features a colour walk where participants will visit monuments in blue or green, such as Sunder Nursery, which is dotted with historical monuments, Subz Burj and Nila Gumbad. The group will end the walk at Lodhi Garden with a blue and green coloured snack.
There will also be songs, poetry sessions and story readings organised by Saanjhey Ranng on August 6 in praise of the rain gods. Music enthusiast Harpreet Singh, 25, will sing a contemporary version of the song, Matti by Bulleh Shah. One can also watch the magic of the monsoon in an installation called Digital Malhaar that has been created by artist Ameet Singh. The 30 minute installation plays with light, space and sound to re-create the illusion of rain. Art lovers can see monsoon inspired abstracts and landscapes by artist Om Prakash in The Monsoon Chapter 7.
Catch it here
What: Monsoon Festival 7
When: July 28 to August 12
Where: Alliance Francaise De Delhi, 72, Lodhi Estate
For more info: http://themonsoonfestival.com
Nearest Metro Station: Khan Market on the Violet Line