Park’s cultural journey

The 12th edition of ‘The Park’s New Festival 2018’ is set to be held across Chennai, Bengaluru, Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata and Hyderabad from August 30 to September 21.

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The Park Hotels and Prakriti Foundation brings a bouquet of commendable performing arts across music, dance, comedy and dramatic theatre with ‘The Park’s New Festival 2018’. Kick-starting in Chennai, the 12th edition of this annual cultural rendezvous is set to be held across six cities over a period of almost a month and will culminate in Hyderabad. The artists include:

Stories by Hand by Preeti Vasudevan

Stories by Hand is a solo work through stories which are personal, mythical, and social and are narrated through the continuous placement and displacement of gestures affected by memory. Stories by Hand takes the hand gestures of Bharatanatyam as the basis for a storytelling dance-theatre interweaving east and west, past and present, the mythic and the everyday. The show is experienced through three clustered themes of relationships, the dancing body and death.

Noise Over Artists: A stand-up comedy show by Rajiv Rajaram & Utsav Chakraborty

Featuring two voice over professionals who have been creating more noises than voices since their childhoods, Rajiv Rajaram and Utsav Chakraborty aim to take through the everyday absurdities that voice-over artists endure and the impact it has on their lives. In a time of fake news, family WhatsApp groups and absolute polarisation, two men will stand up and try to make you understand the greatest weapon that is used by our fellow Indians.

To See or Not to See: A talk by Ana Lamata

Ana Lamata, PhD in Contemporary Art History, has largely focused her research on the resonances between art and science. To See or Not to See is a reflection on how, at the beginning of the 20th century, the discovery of X-rays changed the way the world was perceived and the notion of reality itself. Today, when new technologies are challenging again our conceptions of reality, art can play a vital role in decoding these discoveries, questioning conventions and just helping us see.

Two Sides of Karma by IndoSoul

IndoSoul is a leading band from Chennai that has extensively performed across the country and in USA. Led by violinist and singer Karthick Iyer, the band has been in the scene since 2012 and its third album, ‘Two sides of Karma’, is a testimony to their success. They believe in making music that is Indian at its core and global in its sounding. The songs from the album premiered in USA in 2017. Seeking to broaden his horizons, Karthick Iyer started playing in the Indian film industry, with AR Rahman, D. Imman, Devi Sri Prasad and other notable music directors. He composed a song for a Bollywood movie along the way, as well as jingles for multiple TV ads

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