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.
Speaking on the occation Mr.Prshant Lahoti, Managing Trustee, Krishnakriti Foundation said” Marg’s Scent Upon a Southern Breeze is an extremely significant addition to the scholarship around art history, aesthetics and material culture for our region. It not only offers exciting new material but opens up new ways to look at material we are familiar with. We are delighted to host Marg and Dr Singh in our city and look forward to having her back soon. The Kalakriti Art Gallery will soon make all Marg Publications available to the city’s art enthusiasts.
Abeer Gupta, Director, Krishnakriti Foundation said ” The launch of Marg’s Scent Upon a Southern Breeze was a lovely gathering of academicians, artists and connoisseurs of heritage in the city of Hyderabad. It was a great opportunity for us to present and discuss the curation of the forthcoming Krishnakriti Festival. While the exploration of the collection of maps at the Kalakriti Archive has been initiated, we are now beginning to work with a range of photographs in its collection. A host of artistic and collaborative initiates around education shall be showcased during the festival, Urban Frames, visual practices and transitions, including theatre and documentary films.
The festival has been designed to not only showcase artistic explorations in various media, but workshops, talks and curated walks will further enhance audience participation. As a special offering we are developing an unique range of merchandise around the city which shall be showcased and made available during the festival. We look forward to a whole hearted participation from citizens from every walk of life in Hyderabad.
Additionally, the festival will also host a series of heritage walks, workshops, and a series of unique festival merchandising.