This year the Delhi International Arts Festival Art presents its Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav edition – Where Bharat Meets India -- a celebration of the sacred space where the ancient spirit of Bharat meets the Republic of India. The two-week-long Festival will present programs based on several themes ranging from India’s great epics, the warriors who fought for our freedom, and our cultural roots to our government’s many policy decisions and schemes (for women empowerment, cleaning of our holy rivers, keeping our country clean and free from diseases, preserving the ecology and the environment) and celebration of India’s G20 Presidency with the theme Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – embracing the world as one family.
Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is a joyous occasion, and an opportunity to share the cultural story of India with the world by presenting the rich diversity of our art forms from the most traditional to the most contemporary. The Festival will see several genres of dance, music, theatre, visual arts, films etc.
The Delhi International Arts Festival is returning with its 12th edition after a gap of two years due to the pandemic.
The 15-day Festival will be held under the banner of Kalanjali, at the newly created amphitheaters at the Central Vista India Gate Lawns at Kartavya Path. Artists from all over the country as well as from other parts of the world, including Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Mauritius, Japan, Hungary, and the United States will be participating.
The Festival will open with a performance from the Dominican Republic, supported by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. This will be followed by a choreographic presentation in the Kuchipudi style and a theatre presentation based on the great epic, Mahabharata. In the following days, there will be choreographic presentations by all the well-known choreographers of the country, theatre presentations, musical ensembles, a festival of feature films, etc. There will also be a specially curated performance by Prasidhha Foundation, paying tribute to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, in honour of the newly installed statue of the fearless patriot at the India Gate lawns, by the Hon’ble Prime Minister. Folk and Tribal dances will showcase the spirit of rural India. Exponents of the different art forms will share the stage with young rising artists.
The Festival under the banner of Kalanjali will be a projection of India as a cultural superpower.