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IIC celebrates a festival of arts with a difference

delhi Updated: Oct 21, 2010 00:50 IST

If you believe that the forests in multiple ways have nurtured and sustained human, animal and organic life on this planet, India International Centre (IIC) is the place to be from Thursday till October 27.

A Festival of the Arts based on the theme ‘The Forest’ at the IIC will showcase different aspects of the forest “not just the rich Indian eco-system but also several other forest civilizations” through exhibitions, performances, films and cuisine.

The elaborate programme includes photo exhibitions, film festival, food festival and seminars. King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck would inaugurate the festival on Thursday.

“The film festival would have a screening of 1971-made documentary Sikkim by Satyajit Ray. It is the film’s first screening in Delhi after the government lifted a ban on it last month,” said Indrani Majumdar, assistant programme officer at the IIC.

The other films include all time hits like Roshomon
and Dersu Uzala (both from Japan); The Adventures of Goopy and Bagha and Cheluvi (both India) and The Invisible Nation (Canada).

At the food festival, you can savour Bhutanese, Peruvian, Polish and forest food.

Food for thought offers seminar on Myths of the Forest Peoples, Hotting Up? Climate Change and the Debate on India’s Forests and People and Rainforest Etiquette in a World Gone Wrong.

There would also be exhibition of photographs, one each by Akash Das (Insearch of the jungle and its Spirit), Pradip Krishen (Scrub Forests of the Thar Desert), Rupayan Sansthan (The Bishnois) and Ravi Agrawal (The Forest in
the City).

The evenings offer colourful Indian ballets from Kalakshetra (Aranyani), Sunderbans (Bonbibi), Manipur (Kunja Ras) and Poland’s folk music, Amazon’s rhythm and Latin American music.