Chandigarh Arts and Heritage Festival is back and the curtains go up on August 16. A melting pot of the arts,the fifth edition of the five-day festival moves away from the regular pattern of performances to one that is interactive in nature. Organised by the Department of Culture and the three Akademis,it is designed to give an opportunity to the public to interact with the artistes,and be involved in the creative processes. Here is a look at the line-up:
STAGE IS SET
Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi will present Tejasa,Epic Women of Ramayana on August 16,a production that intertwines dance and narration. Incorporating four Indian classical styles Odissi (by Ranjana Gauhar),Kathak (by Uma Dogra),Mohiniyattam (by Gopika Varma) and Kuchipudi (by Deepika Reddy) it is a retelling of the Ramayana,scripted by Suryakanthi Tripathi. Four female characters from the epic Sita,Kaikeyi,Surpanakha and Mandodari will narrate the story from their points of view.
Meanwhile,creative director,playwright,theatre and multi-media practitioner Smita Bharti translates her experience as a social activist into performance art. She brings Jug Jug Jiyo on August 17,a play that celebrates the girlchild. Its a story that shapes the future for all unborn girls and in the main roles are actors Dolly Ahluwalia and Swaroopa Ghosh.
Music lovers can then look forward to recitals by Veena Saraswati and Gaji Khan Manganiyar on August 18 and 19 respectively. Directed and designed by Dadi Pudumjee,the work Gandhi: Images of Truth,to be presented on August 20,portrays the universal message of Gandhi.
All invited artists will give lectures and demonstrations in various colleges and interact with the audience. Pudumjee will conduct a five- day workshop in puppetry for adults, says GS Chani,Chairperson,Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi.
HERITAGE IN YOUR HANDS
Several events under the aegis of Collective History and Heritage Mapping will be held at various public spaces in the city in an effort to spark conversations around culture and heritage. To be held from August 16 to 20,the dialogues will be initiated with the help of maps,questions,display boards and post-its. Also,on all the five days,street plays on contemporary issues would be performed at Sukhna Lake and other locations in the city.
ART OF THE MATTER
Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi is organising two art workshops in contemporary art and Pahari miniature art. Stalwarts in their respective disciplines Sudhir Patwardhan (contemporary art) and Vijay Sharma (Pahari miniature painting) will conduct these workshops from August 16 to 20 at Government Museum,Sector 10. The two will also share their creative processes with the audience as part of slide lectures on August 19 and 20 respectively.
Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi has invited statesman and journalist Arun Shourie,the author of Does He Know a Mothers Heart,to talk about writing as a therapeutic process. Shourie will share his experiences on August 17 at the UT Guest House,10.45 am onwards. Meanwhile,poetry lovers can look forward to lending an ear to Urdu poet and lyricist Nida Fazli on August 18,5. 45 pm onwards.