New Delhi, Dec 6 (UNI) In a virtual manna from heaven for arts and culture enthusiasts, a 17-day arts festival will begin in the capital tomorrow bringing together personalities from the fields of theater, literature, music, poetry, films and visual arts. The festival, organised by India Tourism Development Corporation, Sangeet Natak Akademi, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations in association with Delhi government and Ministries of Culture, Tourism and Youth Affairs and Sports, is aimed at making arts more accessible and engage wider audiences.
The organisers claimed that the festival would also bridge the gap between performers and state funding agencies.
The festival would be heralded by a percussion ensemble by Thanjavur Keshavan at the Tihar Jail tomorrow.
Performances by dance troupes of Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan and Slovakia, Kavi Sammelan involving eminent poet Neeraj, Ghazals by Talat Aziz, Urdu poetry recitation by poet Shahryar, folk and tribal dances from different parts of India, some of the best international documentaries and short films on arts and artists, exhibitions on modern and contemporary Indian art and book launches would be the highlights of the festival.