Durban: Eastern Rendezvous

The KZN Department of Arts and Culture will be hosting an Eastern Rendezvous Programme which will be targeting the Indian Community.

  • DATE: 15 – 16 March 2013
  • VENUE: Mount Edgecombe Arts and Culture precinct, Siphosethu Road, Mount Edgecombe.

The main objective of the programme is to provide a platform for the five linguistic groups which make up the Indian community to showcase their culture, language, cuisine and costume.

erIt is a unique concept that is aspiring towards forging unity amongst the different linguistic groups of the Indian community. The programme brings together cadres of folk artists and cultural enthusiasts from the different linguistic groups to display their artistic ingenuity in a prestigious cultural space. The staging of this production aims to builds a spirit of unity in diversity and catapults all the participants and administrators into euphoria of achievement, and a sense of accomplishment.

The cultural events hosted by the Indian community must be perceived as an outlet to permeate the ancient art forms that had originated in the land of their forefathers, which entered the shores of the Republic of South Africa, and gradually developed in the engine rooms of the community-based organisations, thus generating a vibrant segment of our culture. The Eastern Rendezvous is therefore a platform for the different linguistic groups to present their unique identities.

The Eastern Rendezvous through the performances by various up and coming and professional artistes participating in, classical and contemporary music and dance will enable arts and culture enthusiasts to get a glimpse of the rich cultural tapestry of the Indian community which is steeped in tradition.

The production is a collective effort by the community, the arts and culture practitioners and administrators as well as the provincial Department of Arts and Culture which is aimed at providing platform for artists to showcase their talent in a multicultural environment. Furthermore amateur artistes will be able to share the stage with professional groups enabling them to develop new skills and raising their artistic standards.

This initiative by the provincial department is a clear demonstration by the different role-players of the vital need to develop and understand different cultures in order to build a socially cohesive society. The Kwa- Zulu Natal Department of Arts and Culture is committed towards ensuring that the diverse art forms are preserved and promoted in its totality and the eastern Rendezvous is yet another wonderful opportunity to marvel at the pure artistic expression that is being celebrated. The Department acknowledges the sterling efforts by the different cultural and linguistic organizations in preserving their cultures, language and heritage and the Eastern Rendezvous should be perceived as an act of cultural nationalism.

The Eastern Rendezvous kicks off on Friday 15 March with “Garam Masala”, a comedy festival featuring the popular Jailoshnee Naidoo, Henry Ramkissoon, Mervyn Pillay and Kumseela Naidoo.

The following day the programme commences at 10h00 with exhibitions whereby the different linguistic groups will demonstrate their unique identities through craft, costume, culture and cuisine. There will also be free mehndi, facials, threading, Indian head massage and palm reading throughout the day. Master Chef SA Deena Naidoo will be demonstrating various types of cuisine. Visitors will also be provided with free lunch. There will also be lots of giveaway prizes.

Various stage performances will keep visitors entertained throughout the day. This will include a, “Cultural Hour” for amateur performers, a Quawali Hour, Classical Hour and an East meets West segment. These performances will feature established artistes such as Khalik and troupe, Yogambal Singaram, Pravika Nundkishore Kumari Shiksha Vijaylaxmi Balakisten, Manesh Maharaj, Neil Pillay, the Spinners, Démonique, Shaani, and Jisantha Productions amongst many other established artistes.

There will be an “Open Stage” segment whereby aspiring musicians and dancers will be able to demonstrate their talent in order to win cash prizes. A colourful and exciting fashion show will enable models to showcase the different costumes, makeup and hair styles that is characteristic of the Indian community. This will be co-ordinated by the popular hair stylist Shirley Naidoo of Miss India SA and Worldwide pageants.

The climax of the Eastern Rendezvous programme will be reached in the early evening when the glamorous Eastern Extravaganza will be staged. This segment will feature well known recording artistes and dancers such as Rajiv Mothie’s Afro Fusion Dancers, Leona Dean Dancers, Colleen and Crystalline Naidoo. Two anchor bands led by Tensen Nepal and Ashley Kisten will provide backing music for popular vocalists such as Kumari Ambigay, Vella Kisten, Leon Ramsamy, Preetesh Singh, Kugen Moonsamy, Sagren Naidoo, Siyanda Matlaba, Mary Kisten Sarika Bikaroo, Lenny Appalsamy, Ajith Rambarran, and Praneel Sundar.   Popular Golden Oldies, contemporary, Bollywood and Bhangra music will be on the menu.

There will be no entrance fee for any of the events. For further information the following people can be contacted, Leona Dean 082 5540362, Balungile Ngcobo, 082 3910540

About Naufal Khan

Naufal Khan was the Publisher at ADISHAKTI MEDIA and the editor-in-chief of the South African Indian news service Indian Spice. Khan was former Sunday Times journalist and also an occult fiction and non-fiction writer with several published titles.