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(Amarjit Bhagwant Singh Charitable Trust) www.theatticdelhi.org is a charitable organization which has been organizing cultural events in Delhi for 3 years. These include music, dance, art and photographic exhibitions, workshops and lectures on a large range of subjects. These have included the Young Dancers festival, Dance without Borders festival, Workshops on Dhrupad Music, Chinese calligraphy and Enameling, Lectures on a wide range of subjects, Yoga, Tibetan medicine, Greek art, Indian floral essences (Ittars), Yogini temples, Indo European language and many others available on our website.

In addition The Attic has organized 2 series of lectures in collaboration with the India International Centre and INTACH “The Delhi Series” consisted of 12 lectures on the architecture, language, music, birds, trees and history of Delhi by eminent speakers Khushwant Singh, Upinder Singh, KT Ravindran and William Dalrymple. “Dialogues of Faith” also consisted of 12 lectures explaining the 8 religions of India, Atheism and the syncretic nature of India’s art and music.

In this "space for the living arts" we have created an intimate interaction between audience and artist, dancer and spectator, musician and "rasik" creating a cultural ferment where each appreciates the needs and art of the other leading to sessions and evenings of quality and enjoyment.

This prestigious festival is being supported by The Delhi Administration, The Indian Council of Cultural Relations, UNESCO, Jamia Millia Islamia University and First City Magazine. This is the first ever International Festival of Sacred Arts to be held in India. We are sure it will add a new dimension to the cultural life of Delhi and in future years of Mumbai, Kolkatta, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad.
OBJECTIVES

India has attracted people from around the world for its rich culture, creativity and spirituality. The sacred in India has always been holistic where religion is not separated from life. All aspects of life throughout the country, art, music, movement and gesture are a part of the daily worship of most Indians. Song, dance, art and sculpture are a spontaneous expression of the cultural sensibility of the people. The Attic is planning the first International Festival of Sacred Arts (Dance, Music and the Visual Arts) at the Siri Fort Auditorium in Delhi from 21st to 25th February 2009. The festival is being supported by Delhi Administration, ICCR and UNESCO and will be in collaboration with Jamia Millia Islamia and First City Magazine.

The festival will present the sacred dance, music and art of many religions from different parts of the world, showcasing in a limited period of time the diversity and essential unity of varied cultures and beliefs.

FESTIVAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Jasleen Dhamija President of Festival

Preminder Singh Executive Director of Festival

Madan Gopal Singh Sufi singer and academic

Madhavi Mudgal Odissi dancer

Madhup Mudgal Principal, Gandharva Mahavidyalaya

Rakshanda Jalil Cultural Coordinator Jamia Millia Islamia

Vidya Rao Musician and Academic

Sudha Gopalakrishnan National Fellow, NUEPA

Punita Singh Musicologist, linguist, psychoacoustician

 Monisha Ahmed  Researcher & author

Geetanjali Chanda Dept. of Women Studies, Yale University

Phyllis Granoff Dept. of Religious Studies, Yale University

Robinson Cultural Consultant to the Secretary Genaral

Mina Vahie Secretary General of Festival

   
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