What brings together the “eco-orchestra” of The Taiwan Bamboo Orchestra, Baniswaif Group (of whirling dervish and traditional dance) from Egypt and the Keremet Group, a medieval and folk group from Kyrgyzstan? Every year, the Delhi International Arts Festival (DIAF), which consumes multiple venue spaces across the Capital, brings together diverse international acts — be it music, performance, theatre or film screenings. This year, its ninth edition, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and ICCR among others, is set to take place from October 16 to 31, at venues such as Purana Qila, India Habitat Centre, Kamani Auditorium and National School of Drama.
“The Taiwan bamboo Orchestra, which is playing for the opening ceremony, has scored music for Mission Impossible,” says festival director Pratibha Prahlad.
The festival opens today with Prahlad-directed dance production titled ‘Vande Mataram’, followed by the cross-cultural performances of The Taiwan Bamboo Orchestra and Bamboo Symphony from Kerala. The international segment is divided into two – while ‘Look East’ features performances from China, Taiwan, Indonesia and Singapore, ‘Look West’ includes acts from the US, Israel, Poland, Spain and France among others. At the same time, central Asia includes music and dance from Kyrgyzstan and Russia. From the home turf, key events include ‘Swar Sudha’, a four-day musical session, and theatre performances Saudagar, based on Bertolt Brecht’s Exception and the Rule and Aur Ek Sacch by Aziz Quraishi, among others.
In tandem with the current India-African Forum Summit (October 26 to 30), DIAF will feature events titled ‘Welcome Africa’ and ‘Africa in India’, which includes artistes from Egypt, Ghana, Zambia, Nigeria and Congo.