India to resonate at Frankfurt book fair

The fair, in October, open with a cultural extravanganza showcasing India's music and dance.

india Updated: Sep 25, 2006 19:13 IST

The flavour will be distinctly Indian as one of Germany's oldest opera houses will resonate with a cultural extravanganza showcasing the music and dance of the country at the inaugural of the Frankfurt Book Festival in October.

The opening of the book festival, where India is the Guest of Honour Country this year, will see drummers from Kerala presenting the traditional taalavadyam using Chenda, Timila and other percussion instruments, while a conch will be blown at the start of the 120-minute concert to herald the event begininng on October 3.

Union HRD Minister Arjun Singh will be leading the Indian delegation at the October 3-8 book fair.

The concert, conceived by art critic Sadanand Menon, singer Madan Gopal Singh and theatre personality Bansi Kaul and named Dhwani -- The Resonance of India, will be a musical journey through Indian music and dance from its early origins , showcasing Buddhist chantings, Sufi, classical and folk music.

Revealing India's versatality and uniqueness at the 'Alter Oper Frankfurt' will be a group of musicians and dancers including contemporary dancers Chandralekha and Asta Debu, Bharatnatyam dancer Navtej Johar, singers Mundeja brothers, Madan Gopal Singh, and Rabbi Shergil among others.

"We are trying to bring out the the versatality and plurality of the country through languages and sacred texts of India and to build an excitement about the language and scripts of India," Menon told

First Published: Sep 25, 2006 19:13 IST