The success of the first edition of Gurgaon festival has prompted the organisers to organise a second edition of it, during the festive season.
‘Since the launch went off very well, we decided to do the Gurgaon festival every six months. This time we have done it differently from the first edition which was mostly about music. So we have an English play, a dance theatre and Indian music,’ said Uma Prakash, one of the organisers.
What is the aim of the festival? ‘To give Gurgaon to come to a space where they can come to,’ added Prakash who along with partner Anjali Singh started it all.
The festival kicks off with Danish Husain’s play in English, Chinese Coffee, featuring Aamir Bashir and Husain himself. Chinese Coffee is a one-act play about friendship and jealousy. The play was successfully adapted into a movie by Al Pacino in 2000 with a similar title.
The next day, Vidya Shah will take the stage for Women on Record, a multi-media performance that celebrates the contribution of women singers in the gramophone era in early 20th century India.
The festival wraps up with Face to Face — a dance drama directed by Jyotsna Shourie. Shourie has used poetic license to place two iconic women from Hindu mythology on the same stage — Draupadi, the multi-faceted beauty, and Sita the embodiment of
loyalty and courage.
Looks like those living in Gurgaon won’t need to drive down to Delhi that weekend for their dose of culture.
At: Amphitheatre, Biodiversity Park
When: 2-4 November
Timings: 7.30 PM