Darpana to hold Vikram Sarabhai international festival

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Ahmedabad, Dec 26 (UNI) Darpana, a city-based performing arts institution, headed by noted danseuse Mallika Sarabhai, will hold the 32nd Vikram Sarabhai International Arts Festival here from December 28.

Speaking to mediapersons here today, Ms Sarabhai said during the three-day festival, which will be organised with international collaboration, artists will experiment with the fusion of different genres.

A Hindi adaptation of Jean Racine's 'Phedra', directed by internationally acclaimed French director Astrid Bas, will be presented during the first day of the festival. In this, Sarabhai will perform as Phedra, along with supporting cast from the Darpana Performing Group.

Next day of the festival will feature an Indo-US-Australian collaborated multimedia dance spectacle, 'Devi' (the Goddess), reflecting the deep Indian notion that creation and destruction constitute an ongoing cyclical process. Devi, who has many forms and names in India, is sensuously seductive and deadly in combat. She is the great mother who reveals herself in her both creative and destructive aspects.

Linda Wetherill, an internationally renowned Western flutist, along with Darpana's Carnatic musicians, will end the festival with this unique musical collaboration. The concert will blend the sounds of the East and the West to create new musical languages. She will also play world composer Joel Thome's piece 'Savitri - Flame Of the Future', which is based on the book by the same name by Sri Aurobindo.


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