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Delhi is most commonly known as a concrete jungle reverberating with vernacular and cultural hybrids. It has grown accustomed to different degrees of mannerisms brought together by different settlements during partition and several other migrations that helped shape this metropolis. Today, Delhi is at the centre of all Indian art forms performed at venues with the local and an international audience.
From Kathak and Bharatanatyam to live Sufi and contemporary dance performances, there's no dearth of art in Delhi. This 10-day performing arts programme will take you to the belly of Delhi's classical and upcoming art setting.
Art in Delhi like any other vibrant metropolis in the world holds a mirror to both sides of its culture, old and new. While it manages to narrate unreal anecdotes of the past, Delhi, on the other hand, prides itself on being a liberal city offering some of the best art spaces to artists in India.
Take participatory lessons from professionals and established musicians. Learn different facets of Indian classical music such as voice modulation, and different instruments such as sitar, table, harmonium and flute. Sound and Light show at the iconic Purana Qila is one of the unique ways to see and hear about Delhi's glorious history. It tends to create a magical kaleidoscope of visuals using sounds narrating Delhi's rise and fall that made this city what it is today.
Kathak is a dance type that is performed to narrate stories (Kathas) using music and movement. Learn Kathak from renowned dancers in India. Sufi is the music of the soul and you'll be attending an evening dedicated to this music genre.
Explore and learn stage management and set design at Delhi's alternative theatre settings.
Unlike classical dance forms, contemporary Indian dance is rather inclusive and flexible about fusion. Introduce yourself to contemporary Indian dance that goes beyond different dance forms portrayed in Indian cinema.
Urdu poetry is one of the most influential forms of storytelling in South Asia that rose to fame during the British Raj (British rule) in India. Experience a recital with Urdu poets and artists. Later in the evening, a contrast awaits your presence where edgy artists will introduce you to Delhi's hip-hop street culture.
Rehearsal visit to an Indian theatre followed by a performance at an experimental theatre in Delhi.
Get participatory lessons in Bharatanatyam, a classical Indian dance celebrated for its spectacular footwork, evocative expressions and gestures. Enjoy a mesmerizing Sufi-Kathak performance in the evening.
Over the last decade, Delhi has witnessed a meteoric rise in the performing arts landscape where people from different parts of India come together to form a community of art and performance. Explore Delhi's performing art scene with professionals and enjoy guided tours.
Please note: This is a concept programme that can be customised according to your interests. The dates/activities may vary depending on the availability of the artists/organisations.
This 9-day programme in performing arts is an attempt to interact and learn from professionals and established artists who have been weaving magic with their art-work for decades. From classical to contemporary, indulge in the fundamentals of different performing art styles and gain valuable insights on techniques and methods.
This art programme has been meticulously curated for art enthusiasts who wish to explore their city better or make their stay in Delhi artsier. Get behind the scenes of Delhi's burgeoning performing arts setting through participatory workshops and interactive sessions with artists. You'll gain a plethora of knowledge, experience and memories that customary travel agents fail to provide.