Witness a melange of cultures at Taramati Baradari this weekend
This weekend, Taramati Baradari will be decked in carnivalesque colours as Banyan Tree brings Root Folkways International Folk Heritage Festival to the city. Expect a medley of cultural activities from all over the world – Tanoura dancers from Egypt to Gotipua (Odisha-based dance form inspired by the Jagannath and Krishna myth) performances.
Aiming to boost the cause of conserving centuries-old heritage, Mumbai-based Banyan Tree, started in 1996, organises fests across the country to celebrate performing arts. “We live in a country with rich heritage and culture. Folk art forms are dying and all we want to do is recognise them,” says Mahesh Babu, founder and managing director of the organisation. For a cause like this, he adds, Taramati Baradari (a historical caravanserai built during the reign of Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah), is undoubtedly the perfect venue.
While the first day will include performances by international dance groups like Balalaika Ensemble and African Melodies, the second day will celebrate Indian folk forms like Bhangra from Punjab and Purulia Chhau (a semi-classical dance from West Bengal with martial, tribal and folk origins).
A major highlight of the festival will be the pre-event activities comprising a Mela and street folk performances including Kalbeliya, Angi Gair (folk dances of Rajasthan) and Kathputli (puppetry). The Mela will have about 20 stalls showcasing the handicrafts of Telangana and various cuisines of India.
Tickets: Rs. 350.
On November 18 and 19, 4 pm.
At Taramati Baradari.