Festival: gives SA a chance to savour India’s best

2009-08-20 00:00

THIS year’s “Shared History — The Indian Experience”, a festival of music, theatre, dance, art and film, promises to be bigger and better than previous years and also includes a wellness camp at Alpine Heath resort.

At the launch in Durban yesterday, the Consulate General of India, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, said that the yoga and meditation wellness retreat at the beautiful Alpine Heath resort in the Drakensberg Mountains brings an additional experience to the diverse festival that is now in its third year.

The festival runs from August 15 to October 5 in Durban, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town.

Shringla said the main objective is to introduce a contemporary, dynamic and fast-changing India — through its culture, its music, dance, food, literature, paintings and films — to the people of South Africa.

“India and South Africa have many common historical and ideological attributes: hence the title ‘Shared History’. But the gap created by almost 50 years of enforced separation during the apartheid era has yet to be completely filled in,” he said.

He said that the Shared History festival wants to fill in this gap by bringing some of the finest and most representative Indian cultural talents and artists to South Africa during the heritage month of September.

The Alpine Heath two-day retreat aims to empower people to escape from their daily stressors to nature.

The retreat will provide a tranquil and educational experience so that participants can achieve a healthy lifestyle.

“The retreat will not only provide opportunity to receive instruction in the manifold forms ofyoga, but to also experience the benefits of Ayurveda and be treated to sumptuous vegetarian health cuisine prepared with organic farming products. The intention is also to contribute by sharing experiences,” he said.

An interesting part of the festival is the Youth Workshop, which will tackle social issues that face young people across the globe.

Teamwork Productions and the High Commission of India also seek to empower youth through these workshops and hope to galvanise youth into developing a sense of owning their community.

— Witness Reporter.


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