4th September - 23rd October, 2015

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  • Comedy
  • Food
  • Film
  • Theatre
  • Dance
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Shared History

Shared History, which has become a regular feature on the South African cultural scene, is an annual festival which showcases the best of contemporary arts and culture from the Indian subcontinent in South Africa, in a way which explores the shared artistic bond and cultural history of the two countries and their recent pasts. Begun in 2007, the festival is brought to the country in collaboration with the High Commission of India in South Africa and is presented over a period of 4-6 weeks, usually between the months of August to October. The hallmark of the festival has always been its focus on dazzling events in the genre of  Music,  Dance,  Theatre  and  Literature  - but increasingly these have been overlaid with additions  such as  Yoga,  Food,  Handicrafts, Textiles and Comedy.

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Papa CJ is a world-renowned stand-up comedian. He has won awards for both Asia’s

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Papa CJ

is a world-renowned stand-up comedian. He has won awards for both Asia’s and India’s Best Stand-up Comedian. Forbes Magazine called him ‘the global face of Indian stand-up’ and Toastmaster International called him one of the most influential comedians around the world.

He has performed over 2000 shows in more than 18 countries. His work has been broadcast on NBC, BBC, Comedy Central, Showtime, MTV, Paramount, The Comedy Channel, ITV and a host of other international networks. He taped a Showtime USA Stand-up Comedy Special with Russell Peters in Amsterdam and in the American TV show Last Comic Standing, he was adjudged one of the top ten acts from over 3000 contestants across the world.

Earlier this year his new show ‘Naked’ received the rare honour of becoming the first ever solo show from India that was invited to perform at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Amongst the 550 plus shows at Australia’s largest cultural event, it was the only solo English show that was invited from all of Asia. ‘Naked’ is also the only solo comedy show from India that is showcasing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2015.

Papa CJ also occasionally  works as a motivational speaker and corporate coach and runs sessions on what management and leadership can learn from stand-up comedy. As a part of this workshop, he also teaches senior executives how to do stand-up comedy! He is a former management consultant and holds an MBA degree from the University of Oxford.

Simmi Areff

Simmi Areff was rated as one of the top up and coming comedians in the country (City Press) and he has the credentials to prove it. Go ahead ask him or ask Forbes magazine – 3 page spread!
Simmi has toured extensively throughout the country doing gigs in small towns and culminating in a SOLD OUT one – man show run at the Joburg Theatre. Yeah that is right. Sold Out.
He has opened for Riaad Moosa (they did 50 shows together not only in South Africa but internationally as well…by “Interntionally” Simmi means Zambia), John Vlismas, shared the stage with Daily Show’s Trevor Noah, Eugene Khoza, Chester Missing, Conrad Koch, Mark Banks, Marc Lotterring, Trevor Gumbi, Loyiso Gola, Kagiso Lediga and every other mainstream comedian South Africa has produced.

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Exhibition

Sudarsan Pattnaik Sand Artist is a world renowned Indian sand artist from Orissa. H

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Sudarsan Pattnaik Sand Artist

is a world renowned Indian sand artist from Orissa. He started sculpting images on sand since the age of seven and has designed hundreds of sand sculptures.

Sudarsan has represented India in 50 international Sand Sculpture championships and festivals all around the world and won 27 championship prizes for the country. His sand sculpture on ‘Black Taj Mahal’ earned him accolades all over the world.

He has won many national and international awards for his creative designs and has recorded his name in World records. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 2014.

Memory against Forgetting

is a solo collection chronicling the work of one of the most prolific and important photojournalists from South Africa’s recent past, Ranjith Kally. Kally’s life work offers a first-hand, on-the ground perspective of a country in upheaval and a society cleaved between the favoured and the dispossessed.

This thoughtfully curated collection of images by the writer Kalim Rajab, from pivotal historic moments and landmark political events, through to social documentaries and extraordinary portraits, highlights the unique contribution this artist has made to the understanding of the tensions of our past as South Africans.

Ranjith’s works have appeared at the Guggenheim Museum in New York and at the Nobel Peace Center Commemoration of South African Nobel Peace Laureates in 2009. As one of a select team of photographers employed by the country’s most progressive and daring magazines during apartheid, Kally worked alongside such distinguished names as Jürgen Schadeburg, Alf Khumalo and Ernest Cole.

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Food Festival

Street Food Fiesta In India, street food is legion and savoured by locals and our o

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Street Food Fiesta

In India, street food is legion and savoured by locals and our overseas friends with equal gusto.

Specialised chefs from India will provide the perfect gastronomical experience of Indian street food.

These carefully selected items will reveal the diverse range of culinary delights available at roadside cafes, street corners, alleys and lanes in every village and city across the country.


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Wellness

Yogathon is a group activity where people from all walks of life come together to r

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Yogathon

is a group activity where people from all walks of life come together to revive their minds and souls by practicing Yoga. The therapy will take place in a park or in a vast open space to increase wellness of the mind, body and soul. This Yogathon will be conducted by well trained teachers.

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Theatre

C Sharp C Blunt is based on the concept of the loop. An electronic musician is live

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C Sharp C Blunt

is based on the concept of the loop. An electronic musician is live on stage, he creates and layers loops from live sound. The loop in its nature reflects the training of the singer through endless repetition and also the process of cultural and social programming. This cultural programming also defines the specific way girls and women are supposed to behave.

The play looks at traditional gender roles as engrained by culture and the classical performance training versus the woman as the globalised consumer living in a new market that caters to her wants and needs. We look at the performer as a site of battle between purity and consumption, between servitude and ego, between being-looked-at-ness and self-determination.

C sharp C blunt opened in Jagriti/Bangalore in March 2013 and has been performed in Bangalore (Ranga Shankara), Mumbai (NCPA Experimental and Prithvi Theatre), Berlin (Sophiensaele), Kassel (Dock 4) and Singapore (Kalaa Utsavam Indian Theatre Festival, Esplanade). In 2014 was invited to the International Theatre Festival of Kerala (ITFoK) in Thrissur, the META awards in Delhi, the Secondo Festival in Switzerland and the Zürcher Theater Spektakel in Zürich / Switzerland. C sharp C blunt in 2014 toured Kolkata, Chennai, Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai with support of the Goethe-Institute India.

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Dance

The Nrityagram Dance Ensemble is regarded as one of the foremost dance companies of

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The Nrityagram Dance Ensemble

is regarded as one of the foremost dance companies of India. The Ensemble has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, from New York to Hawaii in the US and in Denmark, Holland, Portugal, the Middle-east, Singapore, Japan, etc.

Although steeped in and dedicated to ancient practice, Nrityagram dancers are also involved in carrying Indian dance into the twenty-first century. Their first full-length production, Sri – In Search of the Goddess, was made possible by the Doris Duke Fund for Dance of the National Dance Project, as was Sacred Space, which won the the best production of the season by the prestigious Music Academy, Chennai

The newest production, Pratima: Reflection, has been commissioned by the Joyce Theater’s Stephen and Cathy Weinroth Fund for New Work. Vibhakta, from Pratima: Reflection, was listed in “The 10 best dance performances of 2008” – Joan Acocella, The New Yorker (12/9/2008).

ODISSI is characterized by sensuousness and lyricism. With movements that reflect the motifs of Orissa temple sculpture, it captures drum rhythms, melodies, as well as the poetic meaning of songs taken from the vast canon of Oriya music. It speaks of love and union between human and divine, transporting viewers to enchanted worlds of magic and spirituality.


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Music

The Kutle Khan Project is a unique collective of Rajasthani folk musicians highligh

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The Kutle Khan Project

is a unique collective of Rajasthani folk musicians highlighting Kutle Khan, a multi-talented folk musician who has performed on various stages across the world. His music is as seductive as it is rhythmically complex. He embodies the rich melodic and sophisticated rhythmic traditions of Rajasthani folk music and his performances are informed by his understanding of contemporary Indian and Western musical traditions.

The Kutle Khan Project features Kutle Khan as singer, multi instrumentalist and artistic director, Champe Khan on the harmonium and as vocal Sarangi player, Dayam Khan with the Khartal, Gafur Khan playing the Bhapang and Morchang, Roshan Khan with the Tabla and Dholak and Laxmi Sapera as a Sufi dancer.

Beyond the Kutle Khan Project, Khan is also an integral part of Rajasthan Roots, a popular band of collective folk musicians from Rajasthan who create folk and contemporary music. He also tours with the legendary Susheela Raman, a UK-Tamil artist, whose beautiful voice, visionary musical landscape and charismatic stage presence have enchanted millions of listeners in Europe, India and beyond. He also performs with Midival Punditz, Papon and Tritha Electric.


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Schedule

 
Dates Event Time
GIBS Business School - Johannesburg
15-09-2015 Papa CJ - Naked 18:30h
12-10-2015 Photo Exhibition Opening: In Conversation - Kalim Rajab and Ranjith Kally 18:00 for 18:30
12-10-2015 Photo Exhibition Display - Memory Against Forgetting 12th October to 23rd October
Classic India Restaurant, Boksburg - Johannesburg
07-09-2015 to 14-09-2015 Food Festival (Dinner Only)  18:30h
WITS Theatre - Johannesburg
10-09-2015 Nrityagram 20:00h
11-09-2015 Nrityagram 20:00h
Lyric Auditorium, Gold Reef City - Johannesburg
13-09-2015 Papa CJ + Simmi Areff 18:30h
13-09-2015 The Kutle Khan Project 15:00h
Auto & General Theatre on the Square, Mandela Square - Johnnesburg
14-09-2015 C Sharp C Blunt 19:00h
The Loft, The Playhouse Company - Durban
10-09-2015 C Sharp C Blunt 19:00h
11-09-2015 C Sharp C Blunt 19:00h
13-09-2015 Nrityagram 19:00h
14-09-2015 Nrityagram 19:00h
Durban Beach - Durban
TBC Sudarsan Pattnaik
Supernova Suncoast Cinema, Cineone - Durban
12-09-2015 Papa CJ + Simmi Areff 19:30h
Consul General's Residence (by invite)
12-09-2015 Yoga 8:00h

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