Prakriti Foundation was founded by Ranvir Shah in Chennai in 1998 to host events enquiring into our cultural heritage and inheritance. The vision behind Prakriti was to host events that would play a catalytic role in changing and enlarging the cultural scene in Chennai. Thus, Prakriti Foundation saw itself typically as the moving force behind events as diverse as music concerts, seminars and serious scholarly discourse, multi media events, experimental and protest cinema and theatre festivals. In the last nine years, Prakriti Foundation has worked to explore identity through history and heritage, art and cultural expression. In a city accustomed to a regular diet of classical performance, Prakriti has been the space where scholars, researchers, artists, critics, poets and filmmakers have been able to present their work to those who engage with it on serious terms. Our lecture demonstrations, poetry readings, film screenings and intimate performances continue to dot the Chennai calendar.


5-31 July 2017
The biggest short-play theatre festival is back again in South India. Prakriti Foundation and the Blu Lotus Foundation in association with the Alliance Franšaise de Madras present this year's edition, which will run from 5th July to 31st July.
For more details about the festival, log on to shortandsweet.org/festivals/short-sweet-south-india-2017


The annual Festivals held by Prakriti Foundation
www.theparksnewfestival.com - "The New Festival" showcases new and emerging work in the field of dance, music and theatre for a Chennai audience
PECDA - Prakriti Excellence in Contemporary Dance Awards
"One Billion Eyes", a documentary festival in August, a competitive event presenting the work of documentary film makers around a specific theme
www.hamarashakespeare.com - "Hamara Shakespeare", festival in February, that presents Shakespeare in Indian languages
www.gharanafestival.com - "Gharana Festival" held in March, that presents classical Hindustani music to a city known for its Carnatic tradition
www.poetrywithprakriti.in - "Poetry with Prakriti", a festival presented in Chennai in December, where poets from varied backgrounds in multiple languages read and share their poetry.
www.treeoflifefestival.com - "Tree of Life", a festival in January, that explores the theme of our connection to the environment through puppetry and performance, story telling, art, and spinning workshops
www.festivalofsacredmusic.com - Thiruvaiyaru Festival of Sacred Music - A three day festival aimed at reviving the best of Thiruvaiyaru - its arts and music, its landscape and the local life.
D.Dennis Hudson Memorial annual lectures
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