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The Parka��s New Festival is rediscovering myths and world melodies

Avant-garde entertainment. That’s what the Parka��s New Festival, the annual cultural extravaganza conducted in association with the Prakriti Foundation, promises this year. “It was a challenge to get artistes whose works reflect the changing cultural milieu of new India,a�? states curator Ranvir Shah. The festival that had its first edition in the city in 2011 is back with three acts – world music by Shashank Subramanyam Meets Lelo Nika Trio, a dance performance by Surjit Nongmeikapam and his troupe and a one-woman act by Yuki Ellias.September 9-11. By invite only. Details: prakritifoundation@gmail.com

Music sans boundaries
When Chennai-based Grammy-nominated flautist, Shashank Subramanyam, and accordion world champion, Lelo Nika, from Sweden, finally met three years ago at a jazz festival in Copenhagen, they decided to collaborate. They were also joined by George Mihalache (on the cimbalom) and Thommy Andersson (on the double bass). For the quarteta��s India debut, they will be assisted on tabla and khanjira by Mumbai-based percussionist, Ojas Adhiya. Expect a confluence of classical-based contemporary music with Serbian, Romanian, Swedish folklore and jazz. On September 9, at 7 pm, at Kismet, The Park. Details: 9603398245
Dance as dissent
Surjit Nongmeikapam grew up amid the political instability in Manipur and this has coloured his performance, Nerves, which voices an artistic dissent against authority – military, corporate or political. a�?My story is inspired by incidents from around the world,a�? he says. The dance employs movements that are inspired by tribal forms and a�?fused with the Manipuri martial art, thang taa�?. On September 10, at 7 pm, at Ravindra Bharathi. Details: 9603398245

Trunks and theatre
YUKI ELLIAS, the theatre artiste from Mumbai, is bringing down a unique storytelling act, Elephant in the Room, which has been commissioned for the festival. Ellias says, a�?It is a one-woman performance; a mythical story of a young boy whose head is replaced by that of an elephanta��s.a�? Ellias plays seven whimsical characters in it through quick onstage costume changes. On September 11, at 7 pm, at Trillion Ball, The Park. Details: 9603398245

a�� Paulami Sen

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