Mississauga dazzles in Hyderabadi culture
Hyderabadi culture, in all its
dazzling glory, was in full display at the annual Mehfil-e-Hyderabad
gala event held on June 19, 2010 at the Versailles Convention Center
in Mississauga. There was music, authentic Hyderabadi food,
speeches, a raffle featuring round
Washingtonians are set for a lifetime experience as the
prestigious Kennedy Centre here ends its long journey along the
ancient Silk Route with "Maximum India", a celebration of the art
and culture of India.
The festival from March 1-20 next year, "will highlight India's
magnificent arts and culture offerings on the Kennedy Centre's
stages and throughout the building," says Kennedy Centre President
Michael M. Kaiser.
In the last five years the centre has "floored together the rich
cultural heritage of China, Japan, the Middle East and the Arab
world - countries that comprised the silk trade route centuries
ago," he recalls noting that "the arts create a unique platform
for understanding each other."
"Our soldiering along the silk route would culminate with "Maximum
India" a celebration of art and culture of India presented
in cooperation with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR),"
"This marks the end of our cultural journey through that
extraordinary region of the world," he says of what's billed as
the John F. Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts' "biggest
project of the year."
Kaiser says this will be a "once in a lifetime chance" to see many
of the acclaimed masters of the many classical dance styles.
Besides the best of contemporary and classical Indian performing
arts, the festival will also feature contemporary visual art and
the finest crafts, textiles and jewels.
An "unprecedented celebration of Indian arts and culture that will
include dozens of performances in music, dance and theatre, as
well as exhibitions, literature, cuisine, and more."
Music: Zakir Hussain, Dr. L. Subramaniam, Kailash Kher, Shubhendra
Rao and Saskia Rao-de Haas, National Symphony Orchestra featuring
repertoire inspired by India.
Theatre: Naseeruddin Shah with the Motley Theatre Group in "Ismat
Apa Ke Naam," Shabana Azmi starring in Girish Karnad's "Broken
Images", The Chorus Repertory Theatre directed by Ratan Thiyam
presenting "When We Dead Awaken".
Dance: Madhavi Mudgal and Alarmel Valli in Samanvaya, Malavika
Sarukkai, The Daksha Sheth Dance Company, Kerala Kalamandalam
Exhibitions: Installations by contemporary visual artists Bharti
Kher, Jitish Kallat and Reena Saini Kallat.
Literature: Forums and panels featuring, amongst others, Salman
Rushdie, Girish Karnad and Suketu Mehta.
(Arun Kumar can be
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