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It’s time for a Japanese fest

The coming three months will give the city a taste of everything Japanese.

art and culture Updated: Jan 14, 2012 00:24 IST
Vaishali Bhambri

The coming three months will give the city a taste of everything Japanese. This timeline will be marked by theatre performances, art shows, and cultural exchanges between India and Japan, with artistes from both the countries performing together.

Called - Passage to the next generation - the festival is being organised by The Japan Foundation to mark 60 years of diplomatic ties between India and Japan. “As the name of the project suggests, we are targeting the youth. We have young artists, curators and performers, who will be performing, with many making their debut as well,” says Supriya Suri, one of the festival’s organisers.

While the festival was celebrated in Korea last year, Delhi was chosen for this year’s edition. “We wanted to come to India as we celebrate the 60th year, and what better than the Capital city to mark the celebrations,” says Suri.

A major connection between both the countries is the passion for flying kites. Keeping that in mind, a kite flying festival and workshops by five masters from Sendai would be organised across the city and in Ahmedabad. “It is a unique cultural exchange programme for the Indian students, so that they can not only understand the kite-making process, but also write their messages to Japanese children who recently suffered from Tohoku’s earthquake,” says Suri.

Theatre enthusiasts can look forward to various plays in the festival that will see acts by both Indian and Japanese actors. As part of the Bharat Rang Mahotsav, two famous plays will be performed — The Water Station, written by award-winning Japanese playwright Shogo Ohta (1939- 2007), and directed by Sankar Venkateswaran, and, Looking In & Out, by Madoka Okada of KADEN Theatrical Art Company.

Also, an inter-cultural youth exchange among the artists and curators from both countries, titled, Journey to West, will be held. The programme will feature an art exhibition by six Japanese artists, put together by Indian curators.

Schedule

January 14
What: The Water Station
Where: LTG Auditorium
Time: 8.30pm onwards

January 15
What: Looking In & Out
Where: Bahumukh, National School of Drama Complex
Time: 2.30 pm and 6pm

January 22
What: Journey To The West
Where: Lalit Kala Akademi

January 24
What: Regular Film Screening — Rainbow Seeker by Yoji Yamada
Where: The Japan Foundation

January 30
What: Fall Guy by Kamata Koushinkyoku
Where: The Japan Foundation