Spirit of Africa Sneak-Peek

Spirit Africa Sneak Peek Hauz Khas Social Participants

Entry: Rs. 350

Venue: antiSOCIAL, Hauz Khas Social, 9A & 12A, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi -110016
Venue Info : www.socialoffline.in | Map | Nearest Metro Station - 'Green Park(Yellow Line) Exit Gate - Gautam Nagar'
Area: Hauz Khas

Event Description: Social Presents Spirit of Africa Sneak-Peek

Akshara Theatre in collaboration with P(art)icle Collective brings to you a sneak- peek of Spirit of Africa festival - 2019,  a wonderfully curated cultural pot of Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Cuisine, Academia, Film, Comedy and more.

 Africa is the world's second-largest continent, colonized for over 300 hundred years. It seems easy to homogenize 'African People'  under one umbrella term; but in reality, the country has approximately 3000 diverse and rich tribes with a plethora of cultures, music, rituals, traditions, art forms and more. This festival is all about Introducing Delhiites to African culture, dance, music, literature, curios, clothing and other artefacts and cuisine, through curated events, food courts, pop-up shops, stalls, etc.

The Sneak- Peek will include:
 9th  November, Saturday - 5 pm to 9 pm
1) Academic Discussion with Dr. Nandini C Sen, Anasuya Vaidya and Kanika Aurora:

Dr. Nandini C Sen teaches English at the University of Delhi. A former Fellow of Indian Institute of Advanced Study (Shimla) and Cluster Innovation Centre (DU) she specializes in Anglophone African Literature and Gender Studies. She has been the recipient of the Charles Wallace Fellowship (2000 and 2012) for research in London, the Ambassador for Peace Prize by the United Peace Federation (2006), the Vishisht Siksha Samman for contribution to Higher Education (2015) and the Times Write India award (2017).

Anasuya Vaidya is a director, playwright, and filmmaker. Plays include BloodLust, The Revised Kama Sutra, Alice and Krishna in Wonderland, She Said/He Said, etc. Her documentary films include 1876: An Entertainment, Wildlifeplus, Karmayogini, etc. She is the Director of the Akshara Theatre

Amritsar-born, Hong Kong and New Delhi educated Kanika Aurora is an actress, director, writer and teacher. She has acted in numerous plays in English, Hindi and Urdu and has presented highly acclaimed dramatized poetry readings on Sylvia Plath, Amrita Pritam and Nirmal Chander.

2)  Black Gang Music (B.G.M.):
Romeo Kiseke and the Band go by the name of Black Gang Music or B.G.M.
Black Gang Music was formed by 4 musicians - two from Congo, and two from Nigeria in the year 2017. They play Makosa, Zook, RnB, Jazz, Folk, and other styles.

10th November, Sunday - 5 pm to 9 pm
1) Academic Discussion with Dr. Ajanta Dutt, Anasuya Vaidya and Kanika Aurora: 5 pm - 9 pm.

Dr. Ajanta Dutt received her Ph.D from the Rutgers University in New Brunswick and currently teaches as Asst. Professor at the Dept. of English, at Deshbandhu College. Her thesis work was a comparative study of Nigerian novels of the 20th Cen., and the innovative methods used to adapt English-usage to the narrative aspects of African culture.

2) Drum Circle by Sunshine Ensemble:
Sunshine Ensemble is a percussion band that plays West African drums – Djembes and Dunduns – in harmony. West African drumming is complex, polyrhythmic music honed over generations of master–student teaching and learning. It is found in Mali, Guinea, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Gambia.

Sunshine Ensemble started as a practice group in 2016 but soon started getting invitations to perform on many prestigious events. Since then, the ensemble has shaped itself into a professional band which has performed at Holi Moo Festival (2018), Aarambh Waldorf School (2016 & 2017), JugMug Art Project (2018), Sanjivani Society for Mental Health (2017), The Community Library Project (2017 & 2019), Govt. of India (2019), British Council (2019) etc.

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Spirit of Africa Sneak-Peek Spirit of Africa Sneak-Peek Reviewed by DelhiEvents on Sunday, November 10, 2019 Rating: 5

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