Taking arts to a new high: Artists from ASEAN countries enthral Delhi audience

The two-week long edition of Delhi International Arts Festival comes to an end. Performers from Bangladesh, Vietnam, Indonesia took part in the function which took place at the lawns of Qutub Minar. The show started with Bangladeshi performance followed by Sumatera Dance Troupe from Indonesia reflecting the diversity of ethnicities and cultures, Choreographed by Sri Dewi Kesumaning Ayu, soothing performance by Baihana Trio from Philippines and the final act of Vietnam Artistic Border Guards Group from Vietnam.

Prathibha Prahlad founder festival director said that DIAF is a people’s fest and has been supported all these 11 years with love and affection by the people. While thanking everyone for their support, she said India having a rich cultural heritage needed to increase its cultural footsteps internationally to become the culture capital of the world.

Ambassadors from different countries came to be part of this beautiful cultural ensemble.

During the past fortnight, the capital has been bedecked with cultural lives. The 11th Delhi International Arts Festival has been celebrated from 11th November to 25th November, 2017 at 25 prime venues in New Delhi & the NCR region viz famous heritage sites, auditoriums, amphitheatre, cultural hubs and other eidetic places.

Being hosted by ‘Prasiddha Foundation’ and ‘Forum for Art’, this was a gala event for the cultural cognoscente. A mélange of different cultural, artistic and musical streams from distant corners of the globe, this festival has showcased the vast repertoire of the immensely talented performing artists which will take the cultural scene in the capital to a new high.

Approximately 1500 performing artists were drawn from over 30 different countries that participated in this cultural extravaganza, which is recognized the world over as a ‘Brand India Projection of cultural diplomacy and tourism, spanning over two weeks, these festivities covered a wide gamut of performances ranging from classical music, world music, band music, Sufi music to dance, Festival of Plays, Book Reading, Book & Journal Launch, Children’s Film Festival and Educational Tours, Interactive sessions, quiz etc.

Like in the past, the 11th edition of this cultural spectacle was a vast outreach, mesmerizing audiences across different spectrum with spell- binding performances at different venues. Another important highlights of this festival was that entry to these varied cultural expositions was absolutely free, which ensured huge throngs of people from different age groups.