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Delhi to host int'l arts festival

Come December 7, exponents from the fields of performing arts, films, poetry, literature and food will light up the city.

art and culture Updated: Dec 06, 2007 14:54 IST

In an effort to showcase the capital's diverse cultural plurality, promote local talent and help bridge the gap between performers and state funding agencies, an arts festival that brings together exponents from the performing arts, films, poetry, literature and cuisine would be held here.

The Delhi International Arts Festival (DIAF), organised in collaboration with the state government, Sangeet Natak Academi, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. The ministries of Culture and Tourism as well as Youth Affairs and Sports are also partnering the two-week festival beginning on December 7. <b1>

"The festival will be the pride of Delhi. It will be a people's festival with events spread across the city and its outskirts," Lalit Mansingh, former ambassador and DIAF commmitee told reporters today. Danseuse and festival director Pratibha Prahlad said, "Mumbai, Pune and Chennai all have festivals of their own".

"Delhi with so much energy and talent has so many festivals in a year but no signature festival of its own. If we could come under one umbrella we could make a better impact worldwide."

Beginning with a percussion ensemble by Thanjavur Keshavan at the Tihar Jail this Friday, performances by dance troupes of Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan and Slovakia, theatre, book launches, art exhibitions, poetry recitations and western music among others will be other highlights of the festival. "DIAF looks forward to inviting art projects from other parts of the world and we hope that it will become a major international cultural event which both artists and audience will look eagerly forward to," said Prahlad.