A decade ago, Chennai based Prakriti Foundation and The Park Hotels joined hands to bring in an extravaganza of Arts – The Park’s New Festival. A celebration of creativity in all its dynamic forms that was taken across multiple cities in the country. In its 11th edition this year, the journey continues. The festival today has evolved to become one of the biggest and most awaited National Contemporary Performance Arts Festivals in India. StageCulture is proud to be one of The Park’s New Festival’s cultural collaborators this year.

Shashank Subramanyam at The Park’s New Festival, 2016

Prakriti and The Park’s New Festival

In a country that takes much pride in its cultural heritage, the arts have long since been struggling to find their due. Despite their vibrant existence, they remain often neglected. On the backburner, largely due to the lack of financial support.

Prakriti Foundation founded by Ranvir Shah in 1998, was started to mend this malady. Chennai has long been the hub of classical music and dance. Prakriti Foundation was responsible in bringing contemporary arts to this city seeped in traditional art forms. To make its rich cultural ethos larger and more inclusive. Today, Prakriti has become a torchbearer of the arts pan India.

Nerves at The Park’s New Festival, 2016

The Park’s New Festival has Ranvir as its artistic director. The annual festival is designed to not just provide a platform to artists. More importantly, every year it commissions certain artists to develop their work-in-progress and display them at the festival. While also urging other artists to bring in their existing work. Providing them with all the support they could need. The Park’s New Festival showcases theatre, music, dance, puppetry and stand-up comedy. Artists from India and across the globe have been featured here. The Park’s New Festival showcases theatre, music, dance, puppetry and stand-up comedy.

The Park Hotels on their part collaborate with Prakriti Foundation on this endeavor by being their venue partners.

The Park’s New Festival gives wings to unrecognized talent

Theatre director-actor Yuki Ellias’ solo theatre performance Elephant in the Room is one such example. After being commissioned by the festival last year, Elephant in the Room has gone on to win numerous awards at META, 2017. It is currently going places, quite literally, being performed the world over.

Elephant in the Room

Surjit Nongmeikapam’s contemporary dance performance Nerves also gained international recognition after receiving accolades at the festival last year.

The Park’s New Festival 2017 smashing line up

Starting in Chennai on September 2, The Park’s New Festival 2017 will travel to Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore till September 20. This year, it brings together performances in theatre, music and contemporary dance.

Veteran actress, and stand-up comic, Anu Menon will weave in 35 years of her journey to perform solo Take 35, directed by Faezeh Jalali.


Carnatic vocalist Roopa Mahadevan will present Roopa In Flux – an amalgamation of musical essays. Accompanying her will be Guy Mintus on piano, Anjna Swaminathan on violin and Rohan Krishnamurthy on percussion.

Five contemporary dance performances from PECDA 2016 (Prakriti Excellence in Contemporary Dance Awards) promise to be the highlight at this year’s festival. Watch out for Abhilash Ningappa’s Architect of Self Destruction, Diya Naidu’s Hands and Face Project, Parth Bharadwaj’s Urban Chaos, Virieno Christina Zakiesato’s F4 and Surjit Nongmeikapam’s Folktale.

Where and when:

Be a part of this artistic celebration in any of the following cities:

Sept 1: Chennai, Park Hotel, 7 pm
Sept 5: Delhi, Park Hotel, 7 pm
Sept 8: Kolkatta, Park Hotel, 7 pm
Sept 12: Bombay, G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture, 7 pm
Sept 15: Hyderabad, Park Hotel, 7 pm
Sept 19: Bengaluru, Park Hotel, 7 pm


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