A festival in Delhi is paying tribute to maestros from across genres — including English playwright Shakespeare, artist KG Subramanyan, legendary singer MS Subbulakshmi among others — through film screenings, cultural performances and exhibitions.
The ongoing thirteenth edition of The IIC Experience: A Festival of The Arts will feature artists from all over India. A dance presentation Chaturvidh in the Odishi Marga kick started the festival and the itinerary also includes a morning music concert which will mark the birth centenary of Subbulakshmi.
A scene from Chaturvidh: Four Dances in the Odishi Marga.
“We have an eclectic mix of programmes this year,” says Naresh Verma, director, India International Centre (IIC). He adds that from the activities which happen throughout the year, the best ones are shortlisted to be presented as part of this annual festival.Verma adds, “The festival represents the ethos of Indian culture.”
There are two thematic film festivals this year — one on Spanish cinema and the other on Shakespeare’s works, which will include movies by directors Akira Kurosawa and Roman Polanski. Verma says, “This year it is Shakespeare’s 400th death anniversary and we have dedicated one of the film festivals to him. We will organise another event on Shakespeare from December 7 to 9.”
A poster of the Spanish film which will be screened at the festival.
Two art exhibitions have also been curated as part of the festival — Time Past and Time Present: Treasures of Human Knowledge and KG Subramanyan: An Aesthetic Journey. The latter celebrates the life and works of the renowned artist through his original works in gouache, ink on paper, reverse paintings on acrylic sheet, the artist’s own writings and illustrated books for children. Vijay Kowshik, curator, says, “More than 90 works from Puducherry, Kolkata and Delhi will be displayed as part of this exhibition.”
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What: The IIC Experience: A Festival of the Arts
Where: India International Centre, Lodhi Road
On till: October 26
Timings: 6.30 pm
Nearest Metro Station: Jor Bagh on Yellow Line