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Delhi's having an art attack!

Opera, jazz, rukugo and other spectacular international and national performances take stage at DIAF 2011.

art and culture Updated: Oct 24, 2011 00:59 IST
Aakriti Sawhney
Aakriti Sawhney
Hindustan Times

Whether it is music, dance, opera, theatre, art or literature, there is something for everyone in the city at one of the most anticipated cultural events of the year — the Delhi International Arts Festival (DIAF). The fifth edition of DIAF is going to be celebrated with a magnificent spread of performances from several parts of the world.

"We see DIAF growing each year and there is a tremendous requests from artists from abroad who want to be a part of this festival," says Prathibha Prahlad, festival director. This 15 days festival, as opposed to 10 days last year, will see a Jazz band performance from New York, a dance and poetry recital from South Africa, a sit down comedy show from Japan, traditional dance artfrom Sri Lanka and a variety of folk dance performances from India at multiple venues in Delhi such as Kamani Auditorium, Meghdoot Theatre and India Habitat Centre.

Another interesting feature this year is the formal opening ceremony that will take place on October 31 at Purana Quila. "Our opening ceremony is a tribute to Tagore and Indira Gandhi, as this day is also her martyrdom day," says Prahlad. The show will open with a performance by artists from Shantiniketan. This will be followed by a dance and poetry recital by Verushka Pather and a South African troupe.

This day will also see a music and dance performance by Spanish artistes, a music concert from Mexico and a dance performance by a Bangladeshi group. Another highlight of the day is a film festival that will screen Indian documentaries, feature films, international films based on books and international films on artists.

First Published: Oct 23, 2011 18:34 IST