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Arts festival to probe link between science, arts, religion

Thursday April 21, 2011 08:16:28 PM, IANS

New Delhi: 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 Dikshit.

"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 performers.

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 arts.





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