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Festival treat

The latest edition of Bengaluru International Arts Festival (BIAF) to be held from August 31 to September 16, will feature 27 events including dance, music and folk art in different locations across the City.

The art and music lovers in the City will be treated to some unique performances. However, the highlight of the event will be a performance by a special contingent from the North-East and an all-male choir from Nagaland.

 The two groups will spread the message of love, peace and hope among the people. Some of the venues are Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Freedom Park near Sheshadri Road, Taj West End, Brigade MLR Conventional Center, UB City, Jagriti at Varthur Road, Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, Opus etc.

Suma Sudhindra, one of the directors of BIAF said, “We want to tell our friends from the North-East that Bangalore is a safe city and there is nothing to fear. Like every year, we have a contingent from the North-East performing and this time, it is bigger and better. We would like to call them back into the City.”

She informed that every country has its own international arts festival and that is precisely why the BIAF was conceptualised. Artistes from Austria, Norway, America, Africa and Srilanka, Nepal will be present in the City to perform along with others.

“We have received immense support from the embassies of various countries. We have a Norwegian dancer and Nepalese artists who are doing a fusion piece. We have folk artistes from Sri Lanka, Rwanda, Assam, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Manipur and Karnataka as well as a choir group from Shillong performing,” added Veena Murthy Vijay, who is also a director of BIAF.

The festival will see a mix of various forms of art like Pung Cholam, Dhol Cholam and Ras Leela from Imphal. Artistes like Kadri Gopalnath, Ranjana Gauhar, Deepti Sudhindra, Aruna Sairam, Malavika Sarukkai, Astad Deboo, Shashadhar Acharya, Suddhashil Chaterjee, Jonnathan Kay and Evam will be performing during the fest.

“We are also promoting afforestation by our ‘Go Green’ campaign. Like last year, we will conduct this campaign where around 1,000 saplings will be planted in Nelamangala. We would like to extend it from next year onwards,” informed Suma Sudhindra.

The entry is free so that more people can participate in the fest.  However, those performances at the Jagriti Theatre Festival are not free. “We want more people to come, see and be a part of the BIAF,” summed up Veena Murthy Vijay.

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