The Taj Mahal and an Indian Village come to the UK
A traditional Indian village complete with 24ft model of the Taj Mahal will be recreated for the intercultural festival celebrating all aspects of Indian culture, which also coincides to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the Gujarat.
The festival comprises two events in one and will make a unique, entertaining and educational day out for the whole family:
Village India: Will be held in the De Montfort Hall Gardens and based around a purpose-built recreation of a traditional Indian village complete with huts, props and artisans in traditional costumes demonstrating their craftsmanship.
The Gujarat Government is supporting the attendance of twenty artisans with differing specialities to demonstrate their crafts and manufacturing techniques. There will also be roaming musicians, magicians and jugglers, chai tents and chill out areas.
A celebration of Indian life and culture, the village will host music and dance performances over two stages from international artists including Aishwarya Majmudar, Indus Ensemble, Bandish Projekt, Samay, Bobby Friction, Sukshinder Shinda, Tiger Style, Arun Ghosh Sextet, Parthiv Gohil, Fusion Dreams, Panjabi MC, Bollywood Brass Band, Parthiv Gohil, Hemant Chauhan, and a plethora of entertainment and Indian cuisine.
Village India will also stage exciting traditional and contemporary Indian dance, featuring India-based Dhanyadhara: Folk Dances of India dance troupe, demonstrating vibrant folk dances from Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Assam, Punjab and Gujarat and supported by Shaan Mutiyara Di and Desi Masti two regionally based dance groups.
Additionally there will be a Discovery Zone, aimed at ‘cultivating culture’ with workshops and demonstrations spanning both music and dance. A Walkway Photographic Exhibition will also be created featuring 150 images of key historical figures, architecture, legends and vibrant portraiture of rural people and their lives.
Experience Gujarat: A world-class series of nine themed concerts held over the weekend indoors in the De Montfort Hall auditorium, produced by the world's leading Indian music record label Sense World Music (Indian classical specialists) and their sister label Sur Sagar who are specialists in Gujarati music.
The Experience Gujarat concert program will present the best artists the Gujarat has to offer. They will be performing:- Gujarati Dayro, Comedy, Childrens Entertainment, Bhajans, Stutis, Slokhas, Folk Songs, Garba, Traditional Storytelling, Duha, Chand, Classic Film Songs, Wedding Songs & A Tribute To Avinash Vyas.
The festival which is aiming to span all generations and nurture cultural heritage is planned to grow into the biggest family orientated inter-cultural event in the UK.