A six-week long Indian art and culture festival "India in Focus" began in the US city of Pittsburgh since Friday, September 25. Approximately 2.6 million Indians are expected to attend the festival.
The festival will be hosted at the Pittsburgh’s Gallery Crawl. This showcase of art and entertainment will include several music, dance, theater, visual art and photographic exhibitions performed by the Indian-origin artists.
The festival will start with the Britain-born and New York-based DJ Rekha performing electronic dance music program, merging the very popular Indian- classic ‘bhangra’ with the Bollywood numbers.
Indian classical Tabla maestro Zakir Hussain will also perform together with the English jazz Bassist Dave Holland and the eight-member SFJazz team on October 9th.
The multidisciplinary programs will also include five visual-art exhibitions. Photographer Nandini Valli Muthiah is displaying her three photographic series placing the traditional Indian cultural icons in contemporary settings. The photographer Gauri Gill and painter Sarika Goulatia will be presenting their documentation at 709 Penn Gallery. Centered on the cultural identity theme, and exploring the identity formations of the marginalized identities in the distant lands, the Indian-origin Briton Hetain Patel with his work "At Home”, will display several videos and photographs. His exhibition will use the traditional Indian pigments.
The other prominent artists displaying their talents will include the Indian artists Shilpa Gupta, Surabhi Saraf, Sumakshi Singh and Avinash Veeraraghavan, and Britain-based Indian classical dance group, the Aakash Odedra Company. The Bangalore-based Nrityagram Dance Ensemble will perform on October 3rd. Apart from the art and dance programs, theatre artists will be performing plays from October 15-17. The Canada-born playwright Ravi Jain will present his play, “Brimful of Asha”, on October 15th. The festival will culminate on November 9th, 2015.