The name – India in the Sunshine City — evokes dramatic images of vibrant Indian culture being showcased in the Sunshine city, Harare. The two countries, India and Zimbabwe although linked by historical ties have not seen a cultural exchange of this scope. Even in today’s frenzied times, we feel a greater need to connect ourselves to the culture and traditions of each other. The Festival bridges the cultural space between our two countries.
Embassy of India and Teamwork Arts are delighted to bring the first Festival of India in Zimbabwe. There is a lot to look forward to as Teamwork Arts is a premier production company from India with a strong international footprint. It has done an exemplary work in taking India to the world, having organised 25 highly acclaimed performing arts, visual arts and literary festivals across more than 40 cities.
The Festival will showcase India’s cultural diversity and dynamism through both a classical and contemporary offering of music, theatre, dance, food, films and yoga to Harare.
I am most excited by the Bollywood presentations at the festival. The soft power of Indian films along with its unique aspect of song and dance routine is universally acknowledged. 99% of the films Bollywood turns out are musicals full of incredibly imaginative, loud, and colourful scenes of song and dance.
The festival opens with the Dance performance by immensely talented Gilles Chuyen at the prestigious location of India House (Indian Ambassador’s Official Residence). His performances and workshops communicate the energy and fun that imbibes Indian Cinema. The Bollywood fun carries on, with Bollywood Extravaganza that brings the grandeur of Bollywood musicals onto the stage. The show embodies the partnership spirit of the Festival. Indian artistes and local African artistes (dancers) collaborate under the guidance of Gilles Chuyen.
The great line up of music continues with the exquisite voice of Sonam Kalra and her Sufi Gospel Project. Her music is rooted in the belief that music has no boundaries and therefore has that universal appeal and charm.
And Yes, how can I forget to mention about one of the longest running original Indian plays in English with over 350 shows? It has a taut script and some great acting.
Along with all this fun, splendour and classic, there is a Food Festival showcasing a spectrum of Indian cuisine with Chef Vikram Udaygiri: from haute` cuisine to street food, the food week will serve all.
For all you friends, this is an appetizer for the very versatile Festival of India. It is a calling card for larger Festival to follow in the Sunshine City