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Description – To reclaim the lost classical and folk traditions of Deepawali and with objective of transmitting, promoting and conserving India’s diverse heritage, the Cultural Mapping team in MOC and IGNCA are putting together a festival at the Matighar grounds at the Indira Gandhi National Centre For The Arts at Janpath between October 13-17.

The festival that will draw upon the rich repository of red, grey and black ware potters, reed (sikki) artisans, rural sculptors, weavers, Madhubani, Gond, Phad and Pattachitra artists, lacquer workers, bell-metal and bamboo artisans is also being projected as part of Paryatan Parv being organised by Ministry of Tourism.

A group of 100 artisans chosen by the Zonal Cultural Centres and knowledge partners from seven regions of the country will interface with organisations like the Asian Heritage Foundation, INTACH’s Intangible Cultural Heritage team, Dastkaari Haat Samiti, Centre for New Perspectives, TRIFED etc. for creative collaboration in creating sustainable livelihood hubs/clusters. The diyas and other traditional Deepawali-linked products created by them will be sold at the venue. In addition to the above, several performances, art and craft workshops and artist’s corners have been planned between 11 am – 8.30 pm every evening.

➢ A performing arts stage that would be shared by reputed artists and artisans selected during the talent hunt carried out under culture mapping.

➢ Khulla Manch for performances of the Kavadiya Bhats of Rajasthan, Bhand Pather and Ladishah of Kashmir, Maniharo Ras and Siddhi Dhamal from Gujarat, Gotipua from Orissa, Tamang Shello from Sikkim and Dilli ka Bioscope , a production representing 10 traditional performing arts skill from Delhi.

➢ A writer’s and artist’s corner, a space where artists, artisans and writers will narrate their life stories and Deepawali relrelated anecdotes Children’s corner with interactive sessions on the potter’s wheel, rangoli-making, Deepawali jewellery making with terracotta beads and flowers, sikki-toy making and papier-mache crafts. Art and theatre workshops on clean-swachh Deepawali will be held every day. A 2 days workshop on film making will be held on October 14th and 15th .

Screening of films on India’s tangible anand intangible cultural heheritage every evening.

➢ Celebration of different Deepawali traditions like the Dev-Deepawali of Varanasi,
Govardhan Puja of Mathura and Nathadwara.

The festival will be inaugurated on October 13 at 7 pm by the lighting of 1000 diyas by the participating artists and artisans and children from organisations like the CCRT, SAPNA Prayas and Kailash Satyarthi’s foundation, to the beat of p akhawajs, nagadas, dhols etc.

Inaugural Function
October 13 at 7pm
7 – 7.15

∗ Lighting of lamp and 1000 diyas to the beat of Pakhawaj and dhol.

Release of book on ‘Living Traditions, Tribal and Folk Paintings of India’ by Hon’ble Culture Minister, Dr Mahesh Sharma published under the matrix of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ by the Cultural Mapping team at the Centre for Cultural Resources and Teaching. This book celebrates the rich living traditions of tribal and folk art of India and the seminal role they play in the day-to-day lives of tribal and rural people.

7.15 – 8.30
Tamasha – Dilli ka Bioscope
“Rang hai, Roop Hai Dillki ke Bioscope ke Mele Hain”. Dilli ka Bioscope takes you on a
delightful and chaotic journey to remind you of the exuberance of street and folk entertainment, as a seminal part of part of the urban cultural geographical landscape of Delhi.
October 14 & 15

∗ Concurrent workshops with potters, sikki and bamboo artists, Madhubani, Phad, Gond and Pattachitra artists.

∗ 11 – 12 am > Swachh Diwali, happy Diwali, workshop for children at the National Gallery
of Modern Arts.

∗ 12 – 1 pm > Screening of films on India’s tangible and intangible cultural heritage at the media centre.

∗ 2.45 – 4 pm > The moving pictures, afternoon with film makers Mike and Arjun Pandey at the media centre.

∗ 4 – 5 pm > Papier-mache toys, masks and puppet making.

∗ 5.30 – 6.30 pm At the writer’s and artist’s corner > Anecdotes and Stories, ‘Deepawali of
my memories’
Evening performances 7 – 8.30 pm
October 14

∗ Govardhan Puja Celebration

∗ Haveli Gayan by Pandit Anand Mallick and his team of musicians from Vrindavan

October 15

Krishna Shukla, Uttar Bharat Ke Lok Geet , accompanied by Vinod Lele and Vinay Mishroa October 16 and 17

Evening Performances 7 – 8.30 pm

October 16

Special choreographies with young Divyang dancers from ALPANA (this includes Odissi performances, Sambalpuri folk dance and a live band).

October 17

Khulla Manch performances by Siddhi Dhamal, Maniharo Raso and other troupes from the Zonal Cultural Centres.

Closing sitar and tabla beats

Date – 13 to 17 October

Time – 7:00 pm Onwards

Venue – Indira Gandhi National Centre For The Arts 1, C.V. Mess, Janpath, Rajpath Area, Central Secretariat, New Delhi 110001