Spiritual, regional spirits form crux of Ahmedabad International Arts Fest Ahmedabad International Arts Festival (AIAF), the fifth edition of multi-arts, multivenue festival slated for September 26 to 29 this year, focuses on celebrating the spirituality, regional flavours and ritualistic facets of city.
The festival aims to recreate the rustic aesthetics of colourful and zestful festivities within the modern urban context. To celebrate the gist of modernism, contemporary arts and adulation for antic art forms, customs, traditions and recreate the olden ways of celebrations in present-day contexts, the festival offers 20 events by over 50 artistes.
The art fest will celebrate Amdavad’s varied hues in its true colours, says festival director Anupa Mehta. She says, “The aim is to transcend the mundane routine and the busyness of life, absorbed in which we appear to have forgotten that celebration does not need a reason. The festival will celebrate the city, its culture and creativity.”
The highlights of AIAF: performance by Sonam Kalra and the Sufi Gospel Project; a solo performance by actor Meeta Vashist. She will stage her famous play Lal Ded, based on the life of a Kashmiri mystic poet which will be critically analysed by danseuse Mallika Sarabhai.
The article appeared in Ahmedabad Mirror on Sept 19, 2013