If you thought that performing arts in India were limited to theatre, the Rang festival, beginning this Friday, may be an eye opener. Currently in its third edition, the 10-day festival has spread its wings to include a whole lot of Indian arts such as folk music, photography and short filmmaking, along with theatre that was its primary focus initially.
“Along with exposing the Delhi audience to plays by theatre groups from other cities, like Mumbai, we also want to promote sister arts like photography and film-making through the festival,” says Atul Satya Kaushik, founder, Films and Theatre Society (FTS).
“I hope in the coming years there will be a culture shift where people pay to watch a short film which requires the same kind of effort and skill as a Bollywood movie, if not more,” adds Kaushik, CA by profession and a theatre artist at heart.
The festival will begin with Begum Jaan — a famous play about the relationship of a legendary classical singer, performed by Nadira Zaheer Babbar with her daughter Juhi Babbar and a journalist, enacted by Anup Soni from Ekjute Theatre group of Mumbai. “The play gives a lot of emphasis on respecting our culture,” says Nadira Babbar. The festival will also see other plays such as Arjun Ka Beta, Draupadi, Koobar aur Kaaki and Bade Shehar ke Log.
Catch it live
What: Rang — A Festival of Indian Arts
When: July 19 to 28
Where: LTG Auditorium, Shri Ram Centre Auditorium, Alliance Francaise de Delhi
For more info: www.rang.co.in
NEAREST METRO STATION: Mandi House on the Blue Line