Vanashree Rao and The Dance Project
Dramatic Tales From Mythologies
Leading Indian artistes of acclaimed Kuchipudi danseuse Vanashree Rao’s Kuchipudi Dance Academy, led by her, will bring alive tales of Indian mythology, of gods, goddesses and demons, and the intricate nuances of love and destruction, through their unique dance compositions in Dramatic Tales from Mythologies.
Vanashree has performed extensively as a soloist as well as a duo with her husband and covered major national and international events and festivals. An acclaimed teacher in the field of Kuchipudi, she has also given lecture-demonstrations in many educational institutions.
Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company- The Drishtikon Dance Foundation
Uncharted Seas, a performance by leading Kathak dancer Aditi Mangaldas and her dance company, The Drishtikon Dance Foundation, is essentially a search for the intangible which is be manifested in various forms such as God, truth, beauty, love, or freedom. The performance has to be viewed in its entirety and seamlessness to capture the essence of the search.
Aditi is famous for her artistry, technique, eloquence and characteristic energy that mark her every performance. The Drishtikon Dance Foundation has performed twice consecutively at the Alchemy Festival in Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre, London; the Edinburgh International Festival, the Perth International Arts Festival, the Dance Umbrella – Moving London Festival, Bangkok’s 18th International Festival of Dance and Music, Abu Dhabi Classics etc. and performed for a number of dignitaries and heads of state.
The Kutle Khan Project
The Kutle Khan Project is a unique collective of Rajasthani folk musicians highlighting Kutle Khan, a multi-talented folk musician who has performed on various stages across the world; his music is as seductive as it is rhythmically complex. He embodies the rich, melodic and sophisticated rhythmic traditions of Rajasthani folk music, and his performances are informed by his understanding of contemporary Indian and Western musical traditions. Kutle Khan produces the most passionate and energetic live Sufi and Indian folk melodies.
Dr. L Subramaniam
Concept for Peace
Dr. L. Subramaniam brings to you a “Concert for Peace” as a part of #IBN2017. The unique concert will also feature renowned Egyptian harpist and Cairo Conservatory’s assistant harp professor, Dr. Amira Hamed.
Dr. L. Subramaniam, considered India’s foremost violinist, has produced, performed, collaborated on, and conducted close to two hundred recordings. He remains the only musician who has recorded Carnatic as well as Western classical music, both orchestral and non-orchestral, composed for and conducted major orchestras, films, and collaborated with different genres of music. He is also the founder/director of the Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival, the biggest global music festival in India and the Subramaniam Academy of Performing Arts, a premier institute for musical education.
Dr Subramaniam will collaborate, during his performance, with renowned Egyptian harpist and assistant harp professor at Cairo Conservatory, Dr. Amira Hamed, who plays with the Cairo Symphony Orchestra.
The Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust-INDIA
Images of Truth - Satya Ke Pratiroop
Commissioned by the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts in 1993; on its debut, Images of Truth broke the boundaries of conformed puppetry in India and inspired generations of puppeteers & performers with its performances. Ishara’s groundbreaking and inspiring masterpiece returns to the Iranian stage after almost a decade. Choreographed to music from across the world, it’s a mesmerising, non verbal, musical adaption on one of mankind’s most iconic figures – Mahatma Gandhi. Gain insight on his early life to his spiritual discovery of the universal message of Satyagraha & nonviolent protest. Images of history and contemporary India mesh together over twelve scenarios as the performers create powerful, moving images with which both the young and old alike can relate.
Recommended for ages 6 years and above.
One of India’s foremost and innovative puppeteers Dadi D. Pudumjee has helped contemporary puppetry gain legitimacy as an art form in India. In 1986, he established the Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust, which is now one of the leading platforms for innovative puppet theatre across India and the world. Using puppets as a medium, the trust has brought many serious social issues to the forefront through their work. For his efforts Pudumjee has been bestowed with numerous accolades including the Padmashri in 2011, and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2003.He is at present, the President of UNIMA International -Union International de la Marionette, the world puppet organization.
The Cast: Neetu Kumari, Kumari Yadav, Pawan Waghmare, Mohammad Shameem, Shamsul, Vivek Kumar, Anil Kumar
Design and Direction: Dadi D.Pudumjee.
Puppets and masks: Made by Dadi Pudumjee, assisted by Puran Bhatt and Kapil Dev.
Music: Bjorn Json Lindh, Wim Mertens, Sergio Mendes, Michael Nyman, Jan Garbarek, Pirpauke.
Vaishnav Janto sung by Shri Madhup Mudgal.
Lights: Rishab Srivastava
Indian Cuisine with Chef Vikram Udaygiri
Indian cuisine reflects a 5000-year history of various groups and cultures leading to a diversity of flavours and a host of traditions indigenous to particular regions. Acclaimed Indian chef, Vikram Udaygiri, will provide the perfect gastronomical experience in Indian fine dining and delight guests with sensational aromas of a medley of spices. Vikram’s Food Sense is a food and beverage consultancy company put together by people with a vision for novel and innovative concepts.
Vikram represents the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, in promoting Indian cuisine across several countries. He strongly advocates slow food & sustainable cookery and has done many shows on various TV Channels.
Bollywood Dance Workshop
Gilles’ Bollywood Dance Workshop is all about being part of a high-energy and heady Bollywood dance experience. For over two hours, participants will learn dance routines created by Gilles on popular Hindi songs.
Trained in France in folk, modern jazz, ballet and contemporary dance styles, Gilles Chuyen has been working in India since 1994 with various dance forms such as Chhau Mayurbhanj, Kathak and Bharatanatyam.
India – Egypt Economic Engagement in a Globalized World
A Business seminar will focus on potential areas for enhancement of bilateral trade and investment in the context of various flagship programmes of Government of India including Make in India, Digital India, Skill India, Startup India and Smart City Mission. The event will engage with the investor community and assist them by providing updates on government policies and initiatives aimed at increasing the ease of doing business with India.
Key Speakers: Eng. Mohamed Farid Khamis and H.E. Sanjay Bhattacharyya, Indian Ambassador to Egypt
British University in Egypt (BUE), March 30, 2017, 10am
El Sherouk City, Suez Desert Road, Cairo 11837
India- Egypt Crafts Exhibition
Yoga & Well Being Session
The well-being experience will have on offer the care and advice of qualified Ayurveda & Yoga experts and therapists. A demystification of traditional Indian medicine will be the aim and will be juxtaposed with the holistic and spiritual discipline of Yoga to focus on both physical and mental health. The sessions will aid in improving general health and endorse preventive healthcare for all age groups.
Street Art by Mohamed Abla & Yogesh Saini
Mohamed Abla, well-known Egyptian artist and Yogesh Saini, founder, Delhi Street Art, will celebrate Indian and Egyptian culture through a wall painting project in Cairo, along with Egyptian school children. Acclaimed and widely exhibited Mohamed Abla, who launched the iconic Fayoum Art Centre, describes India as a world rich with colours, people, stories, and legends. Yogesh Saini, who launched Delhi Street Art, which undertook to make 150 garbage bins of Lodi Gardens into public canvases, is involved in the creation of original artworks and has been displayed widely.
Photography exhibition by Ashraf Talaat
Ashraf Talaat, working with the National Geographic Magazine, will exhibit photographs taken during his visits to India depicting the various faces of the enigmatic country. He has travelled widely for his photographic projects about human interest and living heritage and received numerous prizes. He has also been exhibited all over the world.
India- Egypt Crafts Exhibition
The 2017 edition of ‘India by the Nile’ will open with a craft exhibition, where 10 Indian artisans will showcase their diverse handicrafts and arts. All of the artisans have been recognized with National Awards for their craftsmanship, and they come from various states in India. The event will be organized in collaboration with Export Promotion Council For Handicrafts (India), the Ministry of Social Solidarity (Egypt) and the Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI) at venues provided by the Egyptian Holding Company of Light & Sound.
Football is the most popular game in Egypt, and India recently launched a campaign, ‘Mission 11 Million’ to promotefootball among Indian youth and the diaspora.
For the first time since its inception, this year’s edition of ‘India by the Nile’ will bring in a new flavour to the festival. With a goal to further deepen and strengthen the friendship between India and Egypt, the Indian national under-16 boys’football team will visit Egypt from 20-25 April 2017 for a friendly football match.