Literary evening “Words on Water: Preserving Cultures” will be held on April 2 at Supreme Council of Culture at Cairo Opera House.
The organizers of the festival dedicated four days to “Well-being Experience”. Free yoga classes will be delivered at Al Azhar Park on April 3-4; the next day you can practice yoga in Al Shams Club at Heliopolis and on April 7 – at Hotel Sheraton .
Well-known Indian experts in the field of crafts Laila Tyabji and Samir Kumar Biswas will speak about the crafts, craftsmen and marketing strategies on April 5-7 at Fostat and April 9-10 at Hanager Gallery.
“Handicraft is one of the fields in which Indian and Egyptian specialists collaborate beyond the festival frames. Small and medium enterprises exchange experience, Egyptian artists visit India to learn local crafts right at the spot, and Indian masters come to Egypt. They get to know each other in person, work together… This is exactly what we aim at,” Abu George stated, adding that the idea of the festival is to bring two great cultures and civilizations closer to each other.
Along with the symposium there will be an exhibition of Indian crafts samples, such as terracotta (a clay-based or glazed ceramic), Tarkashi (brass wire inlay work on wood), multicolored rangkat saris (female dresses), pattachitra (a cloth based scroll-painting, using vivid colors and striking characters originating in Odisha) and pashmina (a type of fine cashmere wool).
Between 11 and 16 April the festival will focus on the classical Manipuri dance, which originates from the north-eastern Indian state of Manipur. In Cairo the show will be presented on April 11 in Gomhoria Theatre; on April 13 the same event will be hosted at Ismailia Cultural Center; on the 15th – at Sayed Darwish Theater and on the 16th it will be back to Cairo, Fairmount Hotel, in particular. According to Abu George, Head of Press and Information Department at Embassy of India, the event will bring to Egypt a troupe of 35 dancers. “The total number of festival participants is nearing to some hundred people plus media representatives,” he added.
The festival is organized by the Embassy of India in Cairo and Teamwork Arts in cooperation with Egyptian Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Tourism and Cairo Opera House.
“We bring a rare blend of the best of Indian dances, music, crafts and films to Egypt… This year’s festival therefore is different in its offerings and has wide appeal across cities as we have seen in the last two years,” Ila Gupta of Teamwork Arts told Ahram Online.
According to the official website of the festival, the event aims at “collaborative exchanges between Indian and Egyptian literary figures, performers and visual artistes.”
Camila Sobhi, Undersecretary of Egyptian Ministry of Culture considers India by the Nile “a key cultural event”. “It is one of the main proofs of the real friendship between the two countries,” she said.