A standard Saturday morning dilemma for me (and I am sure for a lot of other NCR residents) is making a choice between the myriad events happening across the city. 7th November,2015, was no different. The three events which made it to my Go-to list were the Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav, Delhi Photo Festival and Ferreo Rocher’s Golden Experience.
Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav
IGNCA (Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts), New Delhi, was host to the Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav from 1st November to 8th November, 2015. The vibrancy of this cultural festival, the state-stalls, the food stalls and above all the performances and performers made it an experience worth cherishing. What I really liked about the festival was the plethora of performances that were happening amidst the audience. Here the visitor would walk into a circle of onlookers admiring Chhau dance, there she would bump into a man dressed as Lord Krishna.
Delhi Photo Festival
Happening contemporaneously with the cultural festival, in the IGNCA compound itself, was the Delhi Photo Festival. The problem with photo festivals, or museums for that matter, is that there is just too much to absorb in a single visit. My solution to the problem is to select a few things to focus on (with the intention of doing justice to what I’m seeing). With a lot of poignant Exhibitions, the two that engaged my attention were Kishor Parekh‘s Bangladesh-A Brutal Birth and Ian Flanders’ By The River. While the former dealt with the agonizing birth of Bangladesh, the latter revolved around the precarious and wretched existence of enslaved prostitutes in Cambodia. Raghu Rai was a name that you just could not miss at DPF and rightfully so.
Ferrero Rocher’s Golden Experience
After witnessing the vortex of Indian traditions and the thought-provoking exhibits at IGNCA, my next destination was Ambience Mall, Gurgaon. The reason for the visit was the live demonstration by Ferrero Rocher’s Italian experts. Sceptical about this event from the start, it proved to be quite uninteresting. Had their experts done the talking (instead of the hired emcee) and tried to engage the onlookers, it would have been a much better event.
Going for DPF and the cultural festival (and the amazing clicks) would not have been possible without my friend Saurav. Thanks a tonne!