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The Park’s New Festival is rediscovering myths and world melodies

Avant-garde entertainment. That’s what the Park’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,” 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 quartet’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. “My story is inspired by incidents from around the world,” he says. The dance employs movements that are inspired by tribal forms and “fused with the Manipuri martial art, thang ta”. 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, “It is a one-woman performance; a mythical story of a young boy whose head is replaced by that of an elephant’s.” 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

— Paulami Sen

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