Krishnakriti Festival to be held from 4th to 8th Jan

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Come January it will be a confluence of art and culture at the Krishnakriti Festival to mark its 16th edition. Organised by the Krishnakriti Foundation in fond memory of Krishnachandra B. Lahoti, this festival will see an amalgamation of best artistic talents from across the country in the various fields such as photography, heritage, innovation, and other forms of art.

The announcement of the festival was made at the launch of book ‘Scent upon a Southern Breeze’, Marg’s latest publication which explores the wondrous world of the 16th century Deccan through its sights, sounds, fragrances and textures. On this occasion, the editor of the book Kavita Singh, noted art historian and recipient of the prestigious Infosys Award 2019, introduced the book and its thought provoking content to the audience. Srinayani Lankala, another contributor to the book talked about her extensive research on the paintings in Asaf Jahi Dynasty. The conversation was moderated by noted art historian and designer Annapurna Garimella. The speakers were felicitated by Mr. Shashidhar B, honourable President of the Secunderabad Club.

The theme of the 2019 festival is ‘Heritage & Urban Cultures’. It aims to explore ideas around cosmopolitanism, pluralism, and cultural exchange within our historic cities through contemporary photography and visual arts. The theme would be explored through representations of architecture, material culture and experiences of historic south Asian cities through a range of media and practice. A roundtable on Heritage and Urban Development is also being organized in collaboration with Institut Francais India, to locate Heritage within the concerns of sustainable urban development and initiate dialogue on cultural education & outreach, local level policy, protection of heritage, implementation strategies along with stakeholders. This seminar would witness a gathering of representatives from the State Government, NGOs, conservation architects, planners and organisations working in the field, experts and academics.

In the past, the festival has always drawn thousands of visitors to the venues spread across the city, such as the State Art Gallery, the Goethe Zuntrum & Alliance Francaise, Kalakriti Art Gallery, Kalakriti Contemporary, select locations in the old City and the Qutub Shahi Tombs. The festival works in close partnership with the Kalakriti Art Gallery and the Kalakriti Archive, one of the largest growing archives of vintage maps and photographs. The collection has already participated in various exhibitions such as at the Kochi Biennale, the National Museum in New Delhi, the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore and the Musee Guimet, Paris.

Additionally, the festival will also host a series of heritage walks, workshops, and a series of unique festival merchandising.

About the Krishnakriti Foundation:
 The Krishnakriti Foundation was established in 2003 in the memory of Shri Krishnachandra B. Lahoti. The foundation engages in non-profit and cultural activities to support emerging artists, endangered art traditions and struggling artisan communities. Each year, the foundation organises the Krishnakriti Festival in the month of January. The five-day long festival brings together the artists, curators, musicians, dancers, theatre personalities, performers, authors, poets, actors, scholars, academicians and art and cultural enthusiasts from across the country. Based on the philosophy of the three abiding refinements of life - art, culture, and education - and to share these with others, the foundation offers scholarships to deserving young artists. So far over 200 students from art colleges and universities from across the country have been chosen as beneficiaries. Along with the French Embassy in India, the foundation has been running a fellowship programme over the last 10 years, sponsoring the studies of talented art students at the best universities in France.

 The foundation conducts various activities such as Street Art Festival in association with the Govt. of Telangana, Public Art Installation, Heritage Walks, and offers scholarships in the field of art and architecture.

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