The Park’s New Festival (2016)

About The Festival

The Prakriti Foundation and The Park Hotels, have creativity and innovation ingrained in our collective DNA and we draw from myriad cultural and global influences to create a landscape that is illustrative of contemporary India. The Park’s New Festival, curated by Prakriti Foundation, is a platform to showcase Indian and International artistes of both classical and experimental art genres. The festival presents a, exemplary line-up of artists and an amalgamation of classical and contemporary dance, music, theatre, literature and more! A pioneer in this space, The Park’s New Festival is India’s only private national performing arts festival.

The artists performing in the festival present their art pieces in 6 cities around the country – at Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi and Hyderabad. The festival is a means of looking at the performing arts from a fresh perspective and understanding their very essence. The meticulously curated list of artists are great ambassadors of their respective arts forms and present resplendent performances, enthralling audiences across all 6 cities.

In the last ten years, the festival has presented stellar performances by artists of global repute such as,  Akram Khan Dance Company, Shankar Tucker, Aditya Prakash Ensemble, Israel  Galvan, D’Lo, Maya Krishna Rao, Dr. Mallika Sarabhai, Vayu Naidu Company (U.K.), Preethi Athreya, Rupesh Tillu, Dr.Rekha Tandon (Bhubaneshwar), Ramu Ramanathan, Probal Gupta, H.R. Britton (U.S.A), Ben Riepe (Germany), Padmini Chettur, Zuleikha Allana, Jaimini Pathak, Anusha Lall, Vidur Kapur and Park Hong Ki (Korea).

In keeping with tradition, several noted artists from India and around the world perform in the Tenth Edition of The Park’s New Festival. The festival comprises compelling acts by celebrated artists – ‘Nerves’, a Contemporary Dance Performance by Surjit Nongmeikpam, ‘Elephant in the Room’, by Yuki Ellias and and interplay of Scandinavian, European and Indian music by Shashank Subramanyam, the Lelo Nika Trio and Ojas Adhiya.


Schedule

This six-city festival took place from 2nd - 22nd September, 2016. The six-city tours: Chennai (2-4 September), Bangalore (6-8 September), Hyderabad (9-11 September), Kolkata (16-15 September), Mumbai (16-18 September) and Delhi (20-22 September). For further details regarding the venue, time and synopsis of the various performances on each day, kindly select the date from the drop-down menu.


02-09-2016

Nerves by Surjit Nongmeikapam
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Kalakshetra, Chennai

Nerves is a performance art piece, rooted in the expressions of the voiceless people from Manipur, a state nestled in the Northeast corner of India. Through the medium of contemporary dance performance, the artistes are trying to explore the lives that have been exhausted by the constant questioning of one’s world, without any answers. Rather than focusing on dance technique, the idea of the performance is to focus on shedding light on the disturbed senses from the inner self. Therefore, the movements in Nerves are raw and strong. All performers are first timers in the contemporary dance field. Choreographed by Surjit Nongmeikapam (Bonbon) and performed by Purnima Yengkokpam, Senjam Hemjit Meitei, Laiphangbam Suraj Roy, Sumeet Sagolsem, Suresh Kiran Singh Khundrakpam and Surjit himself, this piece was the winner of PECDA 2014. Other credits include Ryoya Fudetani for Light Design, Premananda Nongthombam for Light Assistance, R.K. Roseen for Sound Design, Sunil Loitongbam for Sound Mix, Wangkhei Phee Mantri for Costumes, Renuka Soraisam for Project Management and Suresh Kiran Singh Khundrakpam for Production and Stage Management.


03-09-2016

Shashank meets Lelo Nika
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Sansara Hall, The Park Chennai

Performed by Shashank Subramanyam on Bamboo Flute, Ojas Adhiya on Mridangam and The Lelo Nika Trio – Lelo Nika on Serbian Accordion, Thommy Andersson on Swedish Bass and George Mihalache on Romanian Cimbalom – this is a piece by five musicians from four different countries who won’t let any boundaries hinder them. When the Lelo Trio make music, Romanian and North Scandinavian folklore blend together easily, creating a folklore melody with a touch of European Jazz rhythms. Add to this Shashank and Ojas’ flair for Indian style melodies, and the result is a new, breaking sound, never heard before on the music scene. The whole concert leaves the impression of musical togetherness.


04-09-2016

Elephant in the Room – Yuki Ellias
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Sansara Hall, The Park Chennai

Elephant in the Room is a solo theatre performance about the whimsical adventures of a young boy in search of his missing head. It’s a coming of age story, with eccentric characters, whose destinies intertwine in a plot that twists and thrills. Master Tusk is a young boy, whose been given a new head - an elephant’s head. Confused and bewildered, he finds himself lost in the forest. But dangers lurk at every turn. He encounters a motley couple - they’re Makadi (spider) and Moork (poacher), a clumsy duo in search of a big-ticket ransom. Things don’t go as planned when a prophecy that is revealed changes everything. Amidst a cursed love affair, an encounter with the eccentric old elephant and the hunt for a missing head, Master Tusks sets off on an adventure that changes his life. But will he be able to carry his head on his shoulders? This performance is specially commissioned and premiering at The Park’s New Festival 2016 - Edition X. Created & Performed by - Yuki Ellias, written by - Sneh Sapru, Set & Costume design - Sumaiya Merchant, Music composed by - Seemingly That, Light Design - Asmit Pathare, Sound - Yael Crishna, Rehearsal partners - Roshan Mathew and Rushab Kamdar.


06-09-2016

Nerves by Surjit Nongmeikapam
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: ADA Rangamandira, Bangalore

Nerves is a performance art piece, rooted in the expressions of the voiceless people from Manipur, a state nestled in the Northeast corner of India. Through the medium of contemporary dance performance, the artistes are trying to explore the lives that have been exhausted by the constant questioning of one’s world, without any answers. Rather than focusing on dance technique, the idea of the performance is to focus on shedding light on the disturbed senses from the inner self. Therefore, the movements in Nerves are raw and strong. All performers are first timers in the contemporary dance field. Choreographed by Surjit Nongmeikapam (Bonbon) and performed by Purnima Yengkokpam, Senjam Hemjit Meitei, Laiphangbam Suraj Roy, Sumeet Sagolsem, Suresh Kiran Singh Khundrakpam and Surjit himself, this piece was the winner of PECDA 2014. Other credits include Ryoya Fudetani for Light Design, Premananda Nongthombam for Light Assistance, R.K. Roseen for Sound Design, Sunil Loitongbam for Sound Mix, Wangkhei Phee Mantri for Costumes, Renuka Soraisam for Project Management and Suresh Kiran Singh Khundrakpam for Production and Stage Management.


07-09-2016

Shashank meets Lelo Nika
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: The Oak Room, The Park Bangalore

Performed by Shashank Subramanyam on Bamboo Flute, Ojas Adhiya on Mridangam and The Lelo Nika Trio – Lelo Nika on Serbian Accordion, Thommy Andersson on Swedish Bass and George Mihalache on Romanian Cimbalom – this is a piece by five musicians from four different countries who won’t let any boundaries hinder them. When the Lelo Trio make music, Romanian and North Scandinavian folklore blend together easily, creating a folklore melody with a touch of European Jazz rhythms. Add to this Shashank and Ojas’ flair for Indian style melodies, and the result is a new, breaking sound, never heard before on the music scene. The whole concert leaves the impression of musical togetherness.


08-09-2016

Elephant in the Room – Yuki Ellias
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: The Oak Room, The Park Bangalore

Elephant in the Room is a solo theatre performance about the whimsical adventures of a young boy in search of his missing head. It’s a coming of age story, with eccentric characters, whose destinies intertwine in a plot that twists and thrills. Master Tusk is a young boy, whose been given a new head - an elephant’s head. Confused and bewildered, he finds himself lost in the forest. But dangers lurk at every turn. He encounters a motley couple - they’re Makadi (spider) and Moork (poacher), a clumsy duo in search of a big-ticket ransom. Things don’t go as planned when a prophecy that is revealed changes everything. Amidst a cursed love affair, an encounter with the eccentric old elephant and the hunt for a missing head, Master Tusks sets off on an adventure that changes his life. But will he be able to carry his head on his shoulders? This performance is specially commissioned and premiering at The Park’s New Festival 2016 - Edition X. Created & Performed by - Yuki Ellias, written by - Sneh Sapru, Set & Costume design - Sumaiya Merchant, Music composed by - Seemingly That, Light Design - Asmit Pathare, Sound - Yael Crishna, Rehearsal partners - Roshan Mathew and Rushab Kamdar.


09-09-2016

Shashank meets Lelo Nika
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Kismet, The Park Hyderabad

Performed by Shashank Subramanyam on Bamboo Flute, Ojas Adhiya on Mridangam and The Lelo Nika Trio – Lelo Nika on Serbian Accordion, Thommy Andersson on Swedish Bass and George Mihalache on Romanian Cimbalom – this is a piece by five musicians from four different countries who won’t let any boundaries hinder them. When the Lelo Trio make music, Romanian and North Scandinavian folklore blend together easily, creating a folklore melody with a touch of European Jazz rhythms. Add to this Shashank and Ojas’ flair for Indian style melodies, and the result is a new, breaking sound, never heard before on the music scene. The whole concert leaves the impression of musical togetherness.


10-09-2016

Nerves by Surjit Nongmeikapam
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Ravindra Bharathi, Hyderabad

Nerves is a performance art piece, rooted in the expressions of the voiceless people from Manipur, a state nestled in the Northeast corner of India. Through the medium of contemporary dance performance, the artistes are trying to explore the lives that have been exhausted by the constant questioning of one’s world, without any answers. Rather than focusing on dance technique, the idea of the performance is to focus on shedding light on the disturbed senses from the inner self. Therefore, the movements in Nerves are raw and strong. All performers are first timers in the contemporary dance field. Choreographed by Surjit Nongmeikapam (Bonbon) and performed by Purnima Yengkokpam, Senjam Hemjit Meitei, Laiphangbam Suraj Roy, Sumeet Sagolsem, Suresh Kiran Singh Khundrakpam and Surjit himself, this piece was the winner of PECDA 2014. Other credits include Ryoya Fudetani for Light Design, Premananda Nongthombam for Light Assistance, R.K. Roseen for Sound Design, Sunil Loitongbam for Sound Mix, Wangkhei Phee Mantri for Costumes, Renuka Soraisam for Project Management and Suresh Kiran Singh Khundrakpam for Production and Stage Management.


11-09-2016

Elephant in the Room – Yuki Ellias
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Trillion Ball Room, The Park Hyderabad

Elephant in the Room is a solo theatre performance about the whimsical adventures of a young boy in search of his missing head. It’s a coming of age story, with eccentric characters, whose destinies intertwine in a plot that twists and thrills. Master Tusk is a young boy, whose been given a new head - an elephant’s head. Confused and bewildered, he finds himself lost in the forest. But dangers lurk at every turn. He encounters a motley couple - they’re Makadi (spider) and Moork (poacher), a clumsy duo in search of a big-ticket ransom. Things don’t go as planned when a prophecy that is revealed changes everything. Amidst a cursed love affair, an encounter with the eccentric old elephant and the hunt for a missing head, Master Tusks sets off on an adventure that changes his life. But will he be able to carry his head on his shoulders? This performance is specially commissioned and premiering at The Park’s New Festival 2016 - Edition X. Created & Performed by - Yuki Ellias, written by - Sneh Sapru, Set & Costume design - Sumaiya Merchant, Music composed by - Seemingly That, Light Design - Asmit Pathare, Sound - Yael Crishna, Rehearsal partners - Roshan Mathew and Rushab Kamdar.


13-09-2016

Nerves by Surjit Nongmeikpam
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: ICCR Auditorium, Kolkata

Nerves is a performance art piece, rooted in the expressions of the voiceless people from Manipur, a state nestled in the Northeast corner of India. Through the medium of contemporary dance performance, the artistes are trying to explore the lives that have been exhausted by the constant questioning of one’s world, without any answers. Rather than focusing on dance technique, the idea of the performance is to focus on shedding light on the disturbed senses from the inner self. Therefore, the movements in Nerves are raw and strong. All performers are first timers in the contemporary dance field. Choreographed by Surjit Nongmeikapam (Bonbon) and performed by Purnima Yengkokpam, Senjam Hemjit Meitei, Laiphangbam Suraj Roy, Sumeet Sagolsem, Suresh Kiran Singh Khundrakpam and Surjit himself, this piece was the winner of PECDA 2014. Other credits include Ryoya Fudetani for Light Design, Premananda Nongthombam for Light Assistance, R.K. Roseen for Sound Design, Sunil Loitongbam for Sound Mix, Wangkhei Phee Mantri for Costumes, Renuka Soraisam for Project Management and Suresh Kiran Singh Khundrakpam for Production and Stage Management.


14-09-2016

Shashank meets Lelo Nika
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Galaxy, The Park Kolkata

Performed by Shashank Subramanyam on Bamboo Flute, Ojas Adhiya on Mridangam and The Lelo Nika Trio – Lelo Nika on Serbian Accordion, Thommy Andersson on Swedish Bass and George Mihalache on Romanian Cimbalom – this is a piece by five musicians from four different countries who won’t let any boundaries hinder them. When the Lelo Trio make music, Romanian and North Scandinavian folklore blend together easily, creating a folklore melody with a touch of European Jazz rhythms. Add to this Shashank and Ojas’ flair for Indian style melodies, and the result is a new, breaking sound, never heard before on the music scene. The whole concert leaves the impression of musical togetherness.


15-09-2016

Elephant in the Room – Yuki Ellias
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Rosewood, The Park Kolkata

Elephant in the Room is a solo theatre performance about the whimsical adventures of a young boy in search of his missing head. It’s a coming of age story, with eccentric characters, whose destinies intertwine in a plot that twists and thrills. Master Tusk is a young boy, whose been given a new head - an elephant’s head. Confused and bewildered, he finds himself lost in the forest. But dangers lurk at every turn. He encounters a motley couple - they’re Makadi (spider) and Moork (poacher), a clumsy duo in search of a big-ticket ransom. Things don’t go as planned when a prophecy that is revealed changes everything. Amidst a cursed love affair, an encounter with the eccentric old elephant and the hunt for a missing head, Master Tusks sets off on an adventure that changes his life. But will he be able to carry his head on his shoulders? This performance is specially commissioned and premiering at The Park’s New Festival 2016 - Edition X. Created & Performed by - Yuki Ellias, written by - Sneh Sapru, Set & Costume design - Sumaiya Merchant, Music composed by - Seemingly That, Light Design - Asmit Pathare, Sound - Yael Crishna, Rehearsal partners - Roshan Mathew and Rushab Kamdar.


16-09-2016

Nerves by Surjit Nongmeikapam
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: NCPA Experimental Theatre, Mumbai

Nerves is a performance art piece, rooted in the expressions of the voiceless people from Manipur, a state nestled in the Northeast corner of India. Through the medium of contemporary dance performance, the artistes are trying to explore the lives that have been exhausted by the constant questioning of one’s world, without any answers. Rather than focusing on dance technique, the idea of the performance is to focus on shedding light on the disturbed senses from the inner self. Therefore, the movements in Nerves are raw and strong. All performers are first timers in the contemporary dance field. Choreographed by Surjit Nongmeikapam (Bonbon) and performed by Purnima Yengkokpam, Senjam Hemjit Meitei, Laiphangbam Suraj Roy, Sumeet Sagolsem, Suresh Kiran Singh Khundrakpam and Surjit himself, this piece was the winner of PECDA 2014. Other credits include Ryoya Fudetani for Light Design, Premananda Nongthombam for Light Assistance, R.K. Roseen for Sound Design, Sunil Loitongbam for Sound Mix, Wangkhei Phee Mantri for Costumes, Renuka Soraisam for Project Management and Suresh Kiran Singh Khundrakpam for Production and Stage Management.


17-09-2016

Shashank meets Lelo Nika
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture, Mumbai

Performed by Shashank Subramanyam on Bamboo Flute, Ojas Adhiya on Mridangam and The Lelo Nika Trio – Lelo Nika on Serbian Accordion, Thommy Andersson on Swedish Bass and George Mihalache on Romanian Cimbalom – this is a piece by five musicians from four different countries who won’t let any boundaries hinder them. When the Lelo Trio make music, Romanian and North Scandinavian folklore blend together easily, creating a folklore melody with a touch of European Jazz rhythms. Add to this Shashank and Ojas’ flair for Indian style melodies, and the result is a new, breaking sound, never heard before on the music scene. The whole concert leaves the impression of musical togetherness.


18-09-2016

Elephant in the Room by Yuki Ellias
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Sitara Studio, Mumbai

Elephant in the Room is a solo theatre performance about the whimsical adventures of a young boy in search of his missing head. It’s a coming of age story, with eccentric characters, whose destinies intertwine in a plot that twists and thrills. Master Tusk is a young boy, whose been given a new head - an elephant’s head. Confused and bewildered, he finds himself lost in the forest. But dangers lurk at every turn. He encounters a motley couple - they’re Makadi (spider) and Moork (poacher), a clumsy duo in search of a big-ticket ransom. Things don’t go as planned when a prophecy that is revealed changes everything. Amidst a cursed love affair, an encounter with the eccentric old elephant and the hunt for a missing head, Master Tusks sets off on an adventure that changes his life. But will he be able to carry his head on his shoulders? This performance is specially commissioned and premiering at The Park’s New Festival 2016 - Edition X. Created & Performed by - Yuki Ellias, written by - Sneh Sapru, Set & Costume design - Sumaiya Merchant, Music composed by - Seemingly That, Light Design - Asmit Pathare, Sound - Yael Crishna, Rehearsal partners - Roshan Mathew and Rushab Kamdar.


20-09-2016

Shashank meets Lelo Nika
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Aqua, The Park New Delhi

Performed by Shashank Subramanyam on Bamboo Flute, Ojas Adhiya on Mridangam and The Lelo Nika Trio – Lelo Nika on Serbian Accordion, Thommy Andersson on Swedish Bass and George Mihalache on Romanian Cimbalom – this is a piece by five musicians from four different countries who won’t let any boundaries hinder them. When the Lelo Trio make music, Romanian and North Scandinavian folklore blend together easily, creating a folklore melody with a touch of European Jazz rhythms. Add to this Shashank and Ojas’ flair for Indian style melodies, and the result is a new, breaking sound, never heard before on the music scene. The whole concert leaves the impression of musical togetherness.


21-09-2016

Nerves by Surjit Nongmeikapam
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Shri Ram Centre Auditorium, New Delhi

Nerves is a performance art piece, rooted in the expressions of the voiceless people from Manipur, a state nestled in the Northeast corner of India. Through the medium of contemporary dance performance, the artistes are trying to explore the lives that have been exhausted by the constant questioning of one’s world, without any answers. Rather than focusing on dance technique, the idea of the performance is to focus on shedding light on the disturbed senses from the inner self. Therefore, the movements in Nerves are raw and strong. All performers are first timers in the contemporary dance field. Choreographed by Surjit Nongmeikapam (Bonbon) and performed by Purnima Yengkokpam, Senjam Hemjit Meitei, Laiphangbam Suraj Roy, Sumeet Sagolsem, Suresh Kiran Singh Khundrakpam and Surjit himself, this piece was the winner of PECDA 2014. Other credits include Ryoya Fudetani for Light Design, Premananda Nongthombam for Light Assistance, R.K. Roseen for Sound Design, Sunil Loitongbam for Sound Mix, Wangkhei Phee Mantri for Costumes, Renuka Soraisam for Project Management and Suresh Kiran Singh Khundrakpam for Production and Stage Management.


22-09-2016

Elephant in the Room – Yuki Ellias
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Mantra, The Park New Delhi

Elephant in the Room is a solo theatre performance about the whimsical adventures of a young boy in search of his missing head. It’s a coming of age story, with eccentric characters, whose destinies intertwine in a plot that twists and thrills. Master Tusk is a young boy, whose been given a new head - an elephant’s head. Confused and bewildered, he finds himself lost in the forest. But dangers lurk at every turn. He encounters a motley couple - they’re Makadi (spider) and Moork (poacher), a clumsy duo in search of a big-ticket ransom. Things don’t go as planned when a prophecy that is revealed changes everything. Amidst a cursed love affair, an encounter with the eccentric old elephant and the hunt for a missing head, Master Tusks sets off on an adventure that changes his life. But will he be able to carry his head on his shoulders? This performance is specially commissioned and premiering at The Park’s New Festival 2016 - Edition X. Created & Performed by - Yuki Ellias, written by - Sneh Sapru, Set & Costume design - Sumaiya Merchant, Music composed by - Seemingly That, Light Design - Asmit Pathare, Sound - Yael Crishna, Rehearsal partners - Roshan Mathew and Rushab Kamdar.


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