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Celebrating monsoon

entertainment Updated: Aug 04, 2011 00:26 IST
Aakriti Sawhney
Aakriti Sawhney
Hindustan Times
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In India, monsoon is not just a season but a celebration.

While many fast and pray during this season, others apply Heena on their hands and prepare Ghevar, an Indian sweet, for friends and family.

Adding to these festivities is the ongoing Monsoon Festival in Delhi that aims to celebrate the magic of Saawan with some traditional and contemporary practices.

“It is a multi-arts festival that explores the theme of Saawan through visual art, poetry, music, theatre and food,” says Himanshu Verma of The Monsoon Festival.

“We have organized workshops, water walks, and trips to places like Vrindavan and and Govardan that have a mythological connect with the season.”

Celebrating its sixth edition in the Capital, the festival is majorly being held at Alliance Francaise, Lodhi Road.

While the water walk to Vrindavan and Govardhan is scheduled to take place this Saturday and Sunday, the workshop, Monsoon Magic: A peek into Sawan ki Duniya, is scheduled for August 14 at Genda Mahal, Lado Sarai.

The two day long trip will have the participants visiting the six main temples of Vrindavan and the Govardhana hill.

“The sacred hill is abundant with water bodies and green groves, and has a special divine connection with monsoon and Lord Krishna,” says Verma.

Also part of this festival is a a visual art exhibition by artist Debarchan Rout that will open on August 16.

In this exhibition, Rout explores the endless universe of the monsoon - from flora and fauna to the human experience.

Another exciting feature of this festival is the sale of designer Rakhis, which are priced from Rs 500 to Rs 1,000.

There will also be a series of Monsoon performances by renowned Delhi artists, like Leena Malakar Vij, Shriparna Nandi and Vidhya Gopal.

Fact file
What: The Monsoon Festival
Where: Alliance Francaise, 72, Lodi Road.
On till: August 21
Festival website: www.themonsoonfestival.com
Tel: 011-41671100
Nearest Metro Station: Khan Market on the Violet Line

Highlights
Art exhibition by artist Debarchan Rout at Alliance Francaise from August 16-21.
Designer Rakhis for Raksha Bandhan available at festival venue. Price: Rs 500 - Rs 1,000.
Water walk to Govardhan and Vrindavan on August 6 and 7.
Monsoon Magic: A peek into Sawan ki Duniya, a Monsoon workshop on August 14 at Genda Mahal, Lado Sarai