Culture fest to light up the Games

first_imgGet set for a cultural extravaganza as Delhi will host a series of programmes on art, culture, cinema, heritage and cuisine in the next two months to celebrate the Commonwealth Games.On the platter are plays featuring Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi and Tom Alter, ghazal performances by Jagjit Singh, mushairas by Nida Fazli and Gulzar besides performances by Shankar Mahadevan, Kailash Kher and Mohit Chauhan among others.”It is going to be an iconic festival in the history of art and culture and of Delhi,” chief minister Sheila Dikshit said while launching a cultural calendar for the mega event on Monday.”We will present a huge number of programmes to cater to everybody’s taste. Top performers from across the country will participate in the programmes,” she added.The festival, ‘Delhi Celebrates’, will showcase to the world India’s unique cultural heritage and traditions.Fifteen different agencies, including the Delhi government, the ministry of culture, the Archaeological Survey of India, the National School of Drama and the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts are organising the festival.Secretary of the Union ministry of culture Jawhar Sircar said ‘Delhi Celebrates’ will be the largest single exposition of culture in the history of India.”Different organisations have come together and finalised the programmes under the guidance of Dikshit as desired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,” he said.Sircar said the Delhi government should consider hosting a festival similar to ‘Delhi Celebrates’ every year. The festival will kick-start on Tuesday at Dilli Haat, where all the states will present their cultural events. This will conclude on November 4.advertisementTheatre lovers can feast on celebrated plays such as Kaifi aur Main featuring Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi and Ghalib featuring Tom Alter.Lovers of mushairas , ghazals and qawwalis can also savour performances by some of the best artistes at Town Hall in Chandni Chowk.last_img