The Bengaluru International Arts Festival (BIAF) opened on the 9th of September and in its ninth edition it has brought artistes from both India and overseas to perform together on one stage.
Dancers, theatre artists and visual artistes are collaborating at this festival, which is open to all and is free of cost. The festival has been organised over nine days in seven different venues. It was founded by veena instrumentalist Dr. Suma Sudhindra and Kuchipudi dancer Veena Murthy Vijay.
Since its inception in 2008, the festival attempts to spread the message of “harmony through culture and arts,” by allowing local as well international artists to interact with regional audiences and bridge cultural gaps through performance arts.
In this edition, more than 150 artistes from different countries, including Brazil and Sri Lanka, will perform their traditional folk dances. Other classical dance forms that will be performed include Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi and Odissi. The musical performances in the lineup include Hindustani, jazz and qawwali.
Rama Vaidyanathan, a Bharatanatyam dancer who is all set to perform at Chowdiah Memorial Hall on September23, told Livemint, “This festival is important because it reaches out to newer audiences every year, to people who haven’t been initiated into the classical dance forms before.”
Dr. Suma Sudhindra’s daughter Namrat Sudhindra, a yoga professional, will also organise a yoga workshop in Cubbon Park on September 18. The workshop is open to everyone.
As a part of its social awareness initiative, BIAF is also organising an ‘Afforestation Go Green’ drive to plant saplings in Neelamangla on September 25.
Seating for events is available on a first-come first-serve basis and the schedule of performances is subject to change.
Here is a list of artistes who are going to perform at BIAF.
Here is the schedule of the events.