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‘Confluence: Festival of India’: India and Australia come together for First of its kind Indian music and dance festival in Sydney

The 12-week long event kick started in the iconic Sydney Opera House on September 18 as the Indian and Australian artists came together to perform

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Sydney, Sept 20, 2016: The First of its kind Indian music and dance festival ‘Confluence: Festival of India’, is an initiative of Government of India and is supported by its Australian counterpart. The 12-week long event kick started in the iconic Sydney Opera House on September 18 as the Indian and Australian artists came together to perform.

The inaugural concert took place with performances by drummers from the Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy, Odissi, Kathak, and Bharatanatyam dancers, reported PTI. Among many others, Australian aboriginal dancers too performed in the two-hour-long event on September 18 where they shared the stage with the Pung Cholom dancers from Manipur in India.

It wasn’t all easy. For the Pung Cholom dancer, Ngangbam Sunil Singh, the challenge was to adapt to a very different kind of form.

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Several shows by Indian artists- The Kalakshetra Foundation, Sonam Kalra and the Sufi Gospel Project, the Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust, the Raghu Dixit Project, will tour seven Australian cities as part of the cultural show.

“We had two days to figure out how to blend our form with the aboriginal dancers. Both our groups have very different rhythms. So it was a challenge, but we took some parts of their dance and some of ours and combined them,” said Mr. Singh to PTI.

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Binkin Ngugi, who played the didgeridoo with the Nunukul Yuggera Aboriginal Dancers group, said, though it was the first time that they collaborated with Indian folk and classical artists, it came naturally. “There are some similarities in the music and in the meaning of songs,” he added.

The manager of the aboriginal dance group, Eddie Ruskin, added that indigenous Australians and Indians shared a mutual respect for each other’s cultures. “For instance, we have a common respect for our elders,” he said.

While the festival, which is touring seven Australian cities, began last month, the gala at the Opera House was the showcase for both Indian and Australian authorities.

Union Culture Minister Dr. Mahesh Sharma, who attended the show, said at a reception earlier in the evening that it was a “proud moment for both India and Australia” that the Festival of India, as announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in November 2014, had been successful.

“It’s high time that we celebrate India and Australia’s relations in a big way,” said Dr. Sharma, before adding that Indians should be “proud to have a Prime Minister like Mr. Modi”.

At the Opera House, the audience was in a celebratory mood, with people singing along to the Raghu Dixit Project, which closed the show.

Indian High Commissioner to Australia Navdeep Suri said to The Hindu that the main aim of the festival was to attract the mainstream arts-loving community, not just the Indian diaspora.

“We looked for premium venues like the Sydney Opera House to showcase premium acts. The festival has had a very successful week,” he said.

-prepared by Arya Sharan of NewsGram from various agencies. Twitter: @NoOffense9

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Korean and Indian Artists Perform a Musical Folk Tale With a Strong Message in Schools of Delhi

The folktale presented was “Heungbu, Nolbu” which is a popular folktale of South Korea

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Traditional Korean costumes were used to depict a true picture of the folk tale. (representative image) Wikimedia
  • A folktale accompanied by music was presented in schools of Delhi-NCR region
  • The folktale presented was “Heungbu, Nolbu” which is a popular folktale of South Korea
  • For this show, the troupe comprising of Indo-Korean children was specifically chosen and trained

New Delhi, August 29, 2017: A folk tale accompanied by music was presented in schools of Delhi-NCR region by a troupe incorporating Korean and Indian teenager artists along with the help of Korean Cultural Centre India.

The folk tale presented was “Heungbu, Nolbu” which is a popular folk tale of South Korea. It was performed by twelve Korean artists of group “Theatre Seoul” of South Korea and two Indian artists. The show was put in each school for a duration of an hour and helped the students learn the importance of ethics and truth and values of life. The staging of this show was carried out in Father Agnel School in New Delhi (1600 students) and Noida (800 students), American Embassy School in Delhi and Apeejay School in Noida (1600 students).

For this show, the troupe comprising of Indo-Korean children was specifically chosen and trained. The event filled with music and culture portrayed the tale of two brothers with contradictory natures. Recently, it was debuted in Korea, where it won many hearts.

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Natia Lee, the Artistic Director and Kevin Kim, the Director managed to paint Korea on the stage using splendid traditional Korean costumes, musical instruments, and Korea’s perfection. Two Indian performers played significant roles in the tale to emphasize the bond of brotherhood between Korea and India and collaboration of these two countries for this production.

The message delivered was of forgiveness and moving ahead in life in spite of the differences which the students enjoyed thoroughly.

The Director of KCCI, Kim Kum-Pyoung said that it is easy to fight but what is difficult is achieving a win-win situation which needs hard work and efforts. There is a need for children to develop and learn the skill of peacemaking from their childhood because it’ll help them build the nations.

Father J.A. Carvalo, Fr Agnel School’s Principal, not only praised the hard work, choreography, and performance of the artist, but he appreciated the message delivered above all. Both the nations, Korea and India, have a similar culture which has faith in harmony.

The principal of Apeejay School in Noida, S. C. Tiwari, said that the story of the folk tale was the most important thing about it, which displayed that India and Korea share similar values.

-prepared by Harsimran Kaur of NewsGram. Twitter @Hkaur1025


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“Hunar Hub” Aims to Revive Diminishing Arts of India, the model to be Established for Minority Communities in Noida

The purpose of this talent showcase will be to make the traditional art and craft products of the minority artisans economically viable

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"Hunar Hub” to be built for the minority communities in Noida. Wikimedia
  • The Union ministry of Minority Affairs is establishing “Hunar Hub” for the minority communities in Noida
  • The Ministry aims to draw the business further by bringing artisans, corporate entities, retailers, and sellers together
  • The success of the talent market, “Hunar Haat” held in Delhi, first in Pragati Maidan and then in Connaught Place, motivated the constructions of ‘hunar hub’

New Delhi, August 23, 2017: The Union ministry of Minority Affairs is establishing a talent showcase specifically for India’s traditional arts and crafts. The model will be called “Hunar Hub” and has been built for India’s minority communities in Noida.

The Ministry aims to draw the business further by bringing artisans, corporate entities, retailers, and sellers together.

In his statement, Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the purpose of this talent showcase will be to make the traditional art and craft products of the artisans in minority economically viable. They have kept the art and craft belonging to them secure for many years to preserve their tradition and their traditional products require a domestic as well as an international market which will enable them to earn a profit.

The building being established will help the artisans and craftsmen get customers like corporate houses who are involved in import and export which will, in turn, revive the diminishing arts of Indian culture and tradition.
“This will go a long way in providing employment to the people,” Naqvi said.

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The building is planned to comprise of three storeys and will hold around fifty exhibition cum sale shops. The Ministry is going to reserve many of these shops for women belonging to the minority communities as per ministry officials.

Model “Hunar Hub” has been built for the minority communities in Noida. Click To Tweet

There is a basement where all the manufacturing work will be undertaken and the manufactured products will be held on display in the showrooms constructed on upper floors.

This building is hoping to bring together artisans from the whole nation and is believed to become an inspiration for other states of the country to motivate the minority artisans to continue with their local art and crafts by building similar hunar hubs.

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Hunar Hub will help the artisans and craftsmen get customers like corporate houses who are involved in import and export. Wikimedia

The artisans in these hubs can be directly contacted by the export houses without the middlemen.
“Once an artisan gets an indent or order that will have a domino effect as he or she would be engaging their people back in their villages for production at a mass scale and a whole community then gets employed,” said Naqvi.

The success of the talent market, “Hunar Haat” held in Delhi, first in Pragati Maidan and then in Connaught Place, motivated the constructions of hunar hub. Artisans, who were struggling to earn beyond thousands, managed to receive orders worth lakhs of rupees and even crores in some cases.

– prepared by Harsimran Kaur of NewsGram. Twitter @Hkaur1025

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India-Bahrain Art Exchange: The event in New Delhi to Feature Work of 30 Artists from across the World

Indian art scene is considered among the most developed in the region with great talent, therefore, India will be a huge platform for artists to showcase the artwork of Bahraini artists

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Encouragement of Indian artists and Bahraini artists
A painter working for Islamic Art annual fair. Wikimedia
  • Rouble Nagi has teamed up with Kaneka Sabharwal to show an initiative, that aims at connecting creative enthusiasts from Bahrain and India
  • The event will be conducted later this year, in Mumbai and New Delhi 
  • The event is set to feature work of around 30 artists including the significant presence of Bahraini female artists 

New Delhi, August 17, 2017: Indian art doesn’t seem to show any signs of abatement in the international art world, and eminent artist and philanthropist, Rouble Nagi is all pumped up to show the master that she is.

Rouble Nagi Art Foundation has teamed up with Kaneka Sabharwal to show an initiative, first of its kind, that welcomes contemporary artists from the entire world and aims at connecting creative enthusiasts from Bahrain and India through an unparalleled exchange program. The initiative is supported by the government of India.

“I was very keen to create something that will fall in line with the emergent global consciousness that has entered the international art scene. I wanted to introduce the world to contemporary Indian art and bring global art to the country so that the relationship with art is much more intimate and undeviating. The event won’t be limited to showcasing art but also consists of art-talks so as to open a dialogue between international artists,” mentioned Rouble Nagi, in the ANI report.

“This initiative aims to give a platform to Bahraini and Indian artists, exposing them to local and international aspirational values, as well as creating economic capital from the cultural capital,” she added.

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The event which is to be conducted later this year in Mumbai and New Delhi will be held under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, wife of the King of Bahrain, President of The Supreme Council For Women ArtBab. She produces art on an iPad, and is going to visit India for the very first time.

The event is all set to feature work of around 30 artists, ranging from impressive video art installations, eclectic pop art, to contemporary sculptures and the significant presence of Bahraini female artists.

Balqees Fakhro, Faika Al Hasan, Jamal Abdul Rahim, Khalid Farhan, Lulwa Al Khalifa, Nabeela Al Khayer and Omar Al Rashid are some of the Bahraini artists who will be showcasing their works.

There will also be an exhibition of the artistic dexterity of the underprivileged children, who are supported by the Rouble Nagi Art Foundation.

Kaneka Sabharwal, Co-Founder of ArtBAB and Founder of Art Select and Jonathan Watkins of Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery, who is also chair of ArtBAB’s international selection committee, will be the curator of the event.

“Bahrain, which traces its roots to one of the oldest civilizations in the world, the Dilmun Empire, has a rich history of art and many historians assert that the art came to the kingdom of Bahrain from India. The Bahrainis are known to have some of the best art collections and I want to introduce art collectors and enthusiasts around the world to the talent of Bahraini artists,” noted Kaneka, who moved to Bahrain in 2009.

According to Dr. E M Janaki, CEO Tamkeen, art sector has not only locally but across the region, achieved importance as an engine of economic growth.

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Indian art scene is considered among the most developed in the region with great talent, therefore, India will be a huge platform for artists to showcase the artwork of Bahraini artists.

The vision is to bring together an art alliance that isn’t limited by geographies and widens the conception of art, in regard to which, the multi-cultural arty affair will be host to a bevy of notable guests from various spheres, including political and corporate.

-prepared by Samiksha Goel of NewsGram. Twitter @goel_samiksha