Mumbai: To mark the prodigious
milestone of 50 years, India’s Premier Cultural Institution, the National
Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) announces its three-day multi-genre
extravaganza, the ‘NCPA ADD ART FESTIVAL’. Starting from 29th
November 2019, the NCPA ADD ART FESTIVAL will showcase performances
across Theatre, Dance, Indian Music, Western Classical Music, Jazz, Stand-up
acts, Screenings, Puppetry, Workshops
and much more.
The festival will celebrate the glorious five decades of NCPA
working towards preserving and promoting India’s rich and vibrant artistic
heritage. Representing NCPA’s larger philosophy – ‘Adding Art in Daily
Lives’, the festival will be a stepping stone to define NCPA’s initiatives
in the field of art and culture for the next 50 years.
Commenting on this special occasion Mr. Khushroo N. Suntook, Chairman NCPA said, “We are proud to announce the NCPA ADD ART FESTIVAL celebrating the glorious 50 years of the NCPA. It has been a long and exciting journey for everyone who has been associated with us. The 50th year milestone will serve as a direction for us to grow and be an integral part of the cultural life of not only Mumbai, but the whole nation. With our constant endeavor to project only the best performances across the country and internationally, NCPA is truly becoming a beacon of culture.”
The 3 day celebration will showcase NCPA as an interactive
venue by encompassing performing arts from classical and folk to contemporary
acts gathering a large pool of artists, spread across: Theatre, Music,
Dance, Films, Visual Art, Food, Drama, Poetry, and Photography amongst others.
From performances by a world class
orchestra, jazz virtuoso, legends of Indian music and dance, theatre celebrities
– to art installations, food gardens and busking on the periphery, the
larger than life festival will allow the public to explore the NCPA as a
philosophy and as a venue.
On 28th November, The
Symphony Orchestra of India will present a gala concert celebrating the
launch of the NCPA Add Art Festival. Led by music director Marat
Bisengaliev and associate music director Zane Dalal, the concert will also
feature joint choirs from around India. The programme will
include popular choral classics, waltzes by Johann
Strauss—where the Orchestra will be joined by dancers from Kazakh State
Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet—and much more.
November will witness some exhilarating performances by well-known
artists like Mallika Sarabhai, Astad Deboo, Zakir
Khan and Amit Tandon.
The highlight of the day will be the India premiere of the 10 time Grammy award winner and 6 Time
Billboard Award Winner Arturo Sandoval.
30th November will commence with a
very special performance featuring the Students of the NCPA – SOI Music
Academy & Indian Music. Further, the day will host an array of
events like – Jam session with Arturo Sandoval featuring musicians from
around India, Reading Performance in Marathi, Spoken
Word by Kommune, and much more.
The day will showcase a very unique act by Igudesman &
Joo called “A little Nightmare Music” combining
comedy with music. They have taken the world by storm with their hilarious
theatrical shows accumulating over 45 million YouTube hits.
The final day of the
festival, 1st December will showcase a one-of-a-kind event “Morn to Dusk” – featuring
performances by the legends of Indian Music and Dance like Rashid Khan,
Zakir Hussain, Aditi Mangaldas, Malavika
Sarukkai, Shiv Kumar Sharma, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Birju Maharaj, Ajoy
Chakrabarty and many more. This
all-day event will take place from 9am to 9pm.
The day will also feature a new production
of Sea Wall, by Simon Stephens,
directed by Bruce Guthrie, Head of Theatre for the NCPA and performed by
award-winning actor Jim Sarbh.
day will conclude with Roysten Abel’s
‘The Manganiyar Seduction’ – an internationally acclaimed audio-visual
spectacle which brings together nearly 40 talented Manganiyar musicians, both
vocalists and instrumentalists, in a truly magical setting.
The festival will also host various workshops, lec-dems and screenings
in various languages across all the three days.
Apart from the stellar performances,
audiences can also enjoy a soulful culinary experience at the NCPA campus. The
experience will entail homage to great food legacies and exquisite traditions
from around the world. NCPA ADD ART
FESTIVAL is truly going to be a 360 degree experience for the audiences.
Early this year, NCPA also launched a new logo to mark its
For 50 years the NCPA has been creating, curating
and nurturing this experience for the nation: many forms, many disciplines and
many icons coming together to craft a cultural edifice that’s larger than
any one form. This has been the inspiration for
the logo: flowing brushes and myriad colours that merge to create a single
representation that celebrates 5 decades of Performing Arts history.
The NCPA has regularly showcased
performances and workshops by leading artists from around the country. It has
collaborated with various arts organizations and theatres around the globe
including the Southbank Centre, Carnegie Hall, National Theatre (London), the
Edinburgh Festival, and the Metropolitan Opera (New York). The NCPA Mumbai also
regularly welcomes some of the leading orchestras from around the world,
including London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre
de la Suisse Romande, Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra
and China Philharmonic Orchestra amongst others. The NCPA places great emphasis
on education and is developing a reputation as a major centre for training and
education in all genres, building on an already well-established programme of
workshops, seminars, and special events for families and children.
ART is an act, a philosophy, a way of rejigging our lives. It is the power of
experiencing live performances. It is the moment we allow something that we’ve
witnessed to expand our minds. It is the change in perception, whether inspired
by a story, painting, performance, poetry, song, or dance. ADD ART is a timely
reminder that we are all creative in some way and art is for everyone.
So, come ‘Experience
It Live’ at the NCPA ADD ART FESTIVAL
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