Airtel Bengaluru Habba 2009

Bangalore, India (PressExposure) December 17, 2009 -- Airtel Bengaluru Habba 2009, in association with Kingfisher, will see over 1000 state, national and international artists across genres as diverse as art, crafts, dance, music, theatre and film, come together to celebrate the spirit of Bengaluru. In its much-awaited 7th edition, Airtel Bengaluru Habba continues to bring together the citizens of our beloved city on a common platform to witness the best-in-class performances across the city.

Airtel Bengaluru Habba 2009 is not just the City’s biggest festival, it is also the ultimate escape for Bangaloreans longing respite from the hectic work-days and monotonous evenings. Starting December 11, 2009, Bengaluru will see a 10-day long confluence of artistic expression for everyone. The festival is open for all, with no entry fee.

Airtel Bengaluru Habba is the consequence of seven years’ of commitment to cultural sensitivity that brings a feeling of belonging. To resuscitate the spirit of Bengaluru’s rich history of art and culture, Artistes’ Foundation for the Arts (AFFA) sought to redefine the new cultural identity of Bengaluru through the Bengaluru Habba. Hosted at venues as diverse as Chitrakala Parishat, Chowdaiah Memorial Hall, UB City and the Palace Grounds, showcasing myriad manifestations of the cultural identity of Bengaluru, the Festival will feature a variety of celebrations.

Talking about Airtel’s continued support and alliance with the Bengaluru Habba and AFFA, Mr. Venkatesh V, CEO, Mobile Services, Bharti Airtel Ltd, Karnataka Circle, stated “Airtel’s four years’ of relationship with the Bengaluru Habba has enhanced the brand’s association with the state. Airtel boasts of a presence in every household of Karnataka and we wanted to express our appreciation in a way that reaches each one of them. Reiterating the state’s cultural identity is our way of expressing gratitude to the people for making us the leading mobile service provider and the preferred brand in Karnataka. The cultural heritage of Karnataka, in all its rich tradition and variety, provides us with the perfect opportunity to ‘give back’ to the state. One of the most resonating impressions of the festival is how it brings together the young and the old, the classic and the contemporary, the legendary performer and the rising star, all under the common manifestation of the city’s own festival.”

Nandini Alva and Padmini Ravi, trustees of AFFA, the brains and hearts behind the Habba, conceptualized it in 2002. Talking about the Airtel Bengaluru Habba, Ms Nandini Alva said, “The Habba is a reflection of our passion towards the diverse and dynamic forms of art, globally. Bangalore has always been culturally vibrant and alive; it warrants that a city-wide event of this scale be organized, for its citizens to enjoy, feel, and truly celebrate the spirit of this great City. We want the people of Bangalore to come to the Habba and take home some great memories they can cherish for years - the artists participating this year are true legends, and I feel very proud to be able to watch them perform and mesmerize the audience.”

The Indian Art Trail, in association with Apparao Galleries, is the exclusive visual arts festival at the Airtel Bengaluru Habba 2009. The festival is divided into two sections. The Great Gallery Trail features premium galleries in the City that have curated their own exhibitions, especially for the Habba. The focus will be on five different mediums - painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and limited editions. The second section, “Masters of Contemporary Art”, will be exhibited in the entire art space of the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishad. From Rabindranath Tagore and M.F. Husain to the young Arpana Caur, the exhibition will show over 150 works of over 70 artists and will trace the story of modern Indian art.

The Jazz Evenings at Airtel Bengaluru Habba will feature the world-renowned Dana Gillespie and The London Blues Band, Gerard Machado Network, Maarten Visser Trio, Global Unity, Interplay and Moon Arra between December 11 and 13 at UB City, the high-street destination of Bengaluru.

The Kala Madhyam Arts & Crafts Mela is a 10-day celebration of colour, pageantry and passion. Exhibits from over 20 states will celebrate the spirit of Incredible India in over 100 stalls! The mela will also feature vibrant folk performances and live craft demonstrations, where craftsmen will share the origin and history of the craft and demonstrate their work, for the pleasure of the 13,000 visitors expected this year.

The Creative Writing Workshops, organised by Jacaranda Publishing Private Limited, will see national and international experts participate in the first ever literary arts vertical of the Habba. Three acclaimed Singaporean writers - Ng Yi Sheng author and performance poet, Felix Cheong, poet and author, and Adeline Foo, author will participate in this year’s habba; in addition to Kiran Khalap, accomplished author from Mumbai. The debut of the literary arts vertical will involve the four writers conducting creative writing sessions for 13 and 14- year olds in 16 schools across Bangalore.

The Children’s Film Festival, supported by the Children’s Film Society of India, will showcase the best of films for children, from across the world and across multiple languages. The Festival has partnered with select schools across the City in order to ensure that these films reach their target audience. Some of the films shown will include Vaadya, Innondu Mukha, Boy and the Crocodile, Summer with the Ghost, Tsunami 81, Surabhi, Gilli Gilli Aata, Puttani Party and Unique Hospital, to name a few.

Karnataka Greats is an exclusive series of best-in-class cultural expressions of the state of Karnataka, put together specifically for the Airtel Bengaluru Habba. This festival will include performances like Master Hirannaiah (Kannada play), C Aswath (Sugama Sangeet), Prof. M. Venkatesh Kumar, Keremane Shivananda Hegde (Yakshagana), Shridhar and Anuradha Shridhar (Bharatnatyam).

The Regional Theatre festival will showcase some of the best examples of theatre across India adapted into Kannada, from December 14 to 18 - Yahoodi Hudugi, Can’t Pay Won’t Pay, Hemareddy Mallamma, Girija Kalyana and Gundaayana.

The Habba Greats Festival at Airtel Bengaluru Habba 2009 boasts of performances by some of the finest legends of our country - Antigone (play), directed by Satyadev Dubey starring Naseeruddin Shah, The Caine Mutiny Court Martial (play) directed by Naseeruddin Shah, and performances by Aditi Mangaldas, Malavika Sarukkai, Mysore Nagraj and Mysore Manjunath, Pravin Godkhindi, Dr Balamuralikrishna and Pt. Jasraj.

The commitment to culture is reflected is all aspects of the Habba. Bharti Airtel Limited, the country’s telecommunication giant, has been associated with the Habba for the fourth year in a row and has consistently supported AFFA’s endeavors to create a mood of celebration and excitement in the City. .

The Grand Finale of the Airtel Bengaluru Habba 2009 will be marked by performances from Strings, Shreya Ghosal, the Manganiyar Sufi Group, percussion by Ramesh and a DJ Confluence featuring top DJs in India.

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