Arts: Indian Festival Shows Culture 'Not Just Rushdie and Kureishi'
Raha, Shuma, The Independent (London, England)
A major arts festival designed to generate raise awareness of the culture of the Indian subcontinent has been welcomed by as an opportunity to show that there is more to Asian culture than novels by Hanif Kureishi and Salman Rushdie.
The Festival of India's South, which showcases some of the the finest examples of southern India's visual and performing arts, was hailed by prominent members of the community as an opportunity to put the region's rich culture on the map. By and large, they say, Asian art does not get the serious analysis it merits.
"There is no dearth of Asian arts activity in Britain. But the overall perception is that they are of minority interest, so the mainstream tends to ignore them," said Jitendra Verma, artistic director of Tara Arts, a leading Asian theatre company.
Suman Bhuchar, a journalist and TV producer, said: "There are a fair number of performances here both by British Asians and by artistes coming from India, but they rarely get the kind of promotion or publicity they deserve."
Though many Asians voiced their dissatisfaction with the way in which their culture is dealt with by the mainstream media, some said Asians themselves were often uninterested in the artistic and cultural heritage of their country of …
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Publication information: Article title: Arts: Indian Festival Shows Culture 'Not Just Rushdie and Kureishi'. Contributors: Raha, Shuma - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: May 29, 1996. Page number: 7. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.