Second edition of Zee Live’s ‘Arth - A Culture Fest’ to be held in Delhi

Union Minister Smriti Irani, BJP MP Dr Subramanian Swamy, Republic TV’s Arnab Goswami to be among dignitaries speaking at the event

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Jan 21, 2019 5:59 PM

Arth – A Culture Fest, an Intellectual Property of ZEE LIVE—aimed at understanding and finding meanings of the Indic civilization is coming back with its second edition. 
This will be held at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) in New Delhi on 8th, 9th and 10th of February. 

The first regional edition of this culture fest took place in Kolkata and the next edition of the festival is scheduled to take place in Pune. 

The National edition of Arth in New Delhi will witness the participation of more than 250  scholars, writers, artists and artisans from across India and abroad. 

The cultural festival not only aims to celebrate the essence of Indic thought and philosophy, but also seeks to make it a journey of discovery for the audiences by bringing together a wide array of thinkers, scholars, philosophers, Indologists, artists, artisans, poets and authors. 

It will bring to the audience myriad activities, including panel discussions, cultural performances, workshops, visual art installations and live art. Exclusive sessions have been curated for children, comprising creative workshops, theatre, history, philosophy, puppet performances and masterclasses. 

Among the prominent names from India who will be speaking at the festival are Union Minister Smriti Irani, Dr Subramanian Swamy, Arnab Goswami, Raveena Tandon, Bibek Debroy, Ashwin Sanghi, Amish Tripathi, Sonal Mansingh, Makarand Paranjpe, T V Mohandas Pai, Pavan K Varma, Gaur Gopal Das, Subhash Chandra, Ricky Kej, Sanjeev Sanyal, Syed Salman Chisty, Governor Tathagata Roy, Vivek Agnihotri and Swapan Dasgupta. 

The international contingent includes Karen Attiah (Global Opinions Editor of Washington Post); Domenic DiGiovanni (Homeland Security Department of USA); Tess Davis (Antiquities Coalition); Imam Tawhidi from Australia, Shimon Lev from Israel, Hasan Kerim Guc from Turkey, Indologists and scholars Vishwa Adluri, Vamsee Juluri, Subhash Kak, Prasenjit Basu, Lord Meghnad Desai, Carl W Ernst, Lavanya Vemsani, Koenraad Elst, Rajiv Malhotra and David Frawley among others. 

There will also be a showcase of the rich arts and crafts of the country – Patua, Phad, Cherial, Madhubani, Patthachitra, Chittara, Warli, Kalamkari, Masks and Bamboo Crafts of North East India. 

There will be workshops conducted in live counters and master classes every day. Sessions would be interspersed with performances by renowned artists such as Bombay Jayashree, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Teejan Bai, Bombay Bairag, Gautam Das Baul, Shahi Qawwals of Ajmer Sharif, a North East Percussion Ensemble, Manipuri Raas Leela, Gotipua Dance of Odisha, Puppetry from Kerala and Bengal and the Manganiyars of Rajasthan. 
The Delhi edition has been carefully designed keeping in mind the current scenario of the country and will see some really hard-hitting panel-discussions and talks on subjects that the nation has been discussing.  

Shreyasi Goenka, Founder & Director, Arth, said: “I am extremely glad to announce the national edition of India’s first-ever culture fest, Arth.  After the resounding success of the first regional edition of Arth, which took place in Kolkata, we are eager and excited to bring on stage the best of what India has to offer, collectively, across various fields which is interesting, informative and also enriching.”

Dr Vikram Sampath, Festival Director, Arth said, “For the national edition, we have tried to bring a microcosm of India on to stage in those 3 days, through several accomplished artists, writers and individuals and also various arts and crafts workshops to enthrall the audience. We will be discussing some really pressing issues that have rocked the nation in recent times. It is extremely important that these relevant topics are discussed on such large cultural platforms and engage with not only experts but also the citizens of the country.”

Entry is free on all days. Registration can be done at

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