Curtains down

first_imgThe 15 days of cultural festivity in the city comes to an end today. The Seventh Edition of Delhi International Arts Festival organized by Prasiddha foundation and Ministry of Culture, Govt of India witnessed performances of different regions with a touch of both national and international colours.  The concept was conceived by Prathibha Prahlad 7 years back.DIAF started with a magnificent performance by the Pung Cholam from Manipur, Langas & Manganiars from Rajasthan, Hety & Zambo from Columbia, National Troupe of Folk Arts from Egypt, Rouf Dance from Kashmir and Traditional Dance from Srilanka at Purana Qila on 8th February. The festival witnessed enthralling shows and performances like the Visual Arts and Crafts exhibition, Pran & Farooq Shaikh Restrospective, a film festival to pay tribute to the legendary actors, Hollywood & Children’s Film Festival, Kalaripayattu Martial Arts from Kerala, Magic show by Spanish magician Murray Molloy, Dhrupad music. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Each year DIAF brings every genre of performing and visual arts ranging from the classical to the contemporary from across the world.  DIAF 2014 brought performances from remote parts of Kerala, Assam, Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal, Bihar and several others. Literature events included panel, discussions and talks at the Sahitya Akademi, Iranian illumination artistes and craftsmen who demonstrated their works at the National Museum and the Crafts Museum. It was an extraordinary time for the art and culture lovers of Delhi. Classical music lovers witnessed Dhrupad Festival which featured musicians from all over India like Ustad Wasiffudin Dagar, Ustad Hussain Sayeeduddin Dagar, Pandit Uday Bhawalkar and others. Theatre enthusiasts enjoyed the staging of Abhignana Shakuntala directed by KN Pannikar at the National School of Drama and a Spanish Play Holiday Out at the Institute of Cervantes.The gala closing took place at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts Lawns with a soulful Sufi and Qawwali by Barkat Sidhu from Punjab and Nazir Ahmed Khan Warsi & Naseer Ahmed Khan Warsi from Hyderabad.last_img

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