The connection between science, spirituality and the ancient
performing arts will be explored in a three-day "International
Ancient Arts Festival/Symposium" May 10-13 in the capital.
The festival, at the Azad Bhavan theatre and India Habitat Centre,
will feature performances of the country's millennia-old arts and
accompanying symposiums to investigate the links between the
recent scientific findings and ancient spiritual traditions
expressed through folk, traditional and classical arts.
The festival, organised by the Rays of Wisdom Trust led by
classical danseuse and spiritualist Reela Hota together with the
Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), will be partnered by
Kerala Tourism, Tamil Nadu Tourism, Puducherry Tourism, Uttar
Pradesh Tourism, Orissa Tourism and the India Tourism Development
Corporation, a statement by ICCR said Thursday.
The festival will be inaugurated by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila
"The festival will try to understand how these ancient arts can be
effectively employed as therapy," Hota said.
The performances will include folk dances from Kazaksthan, 'Theyyam'
from Kerala, folk dances from Uttar Pradesh, the traditional Ram
Lila from Ayodhya, Garadi dance from Puducherry, Katputhli dance
from Rajasthan and a Odissi recital by Guru Gajendra Panda.
Participants for the symposiums will be drawn from the
international fraternity of scientists, scholars, professors and
In its exploration of the deep ties between spirituality,
performing arts and science, the symposiums will provide an
exciting opportunity to participants to bring little known areas
of research into limelight, Hota said.
The lectures will dwell on the healing powers of music, origin of
Vedic sound, importance of arts education and spirituality and