A multi-regional festival known for celebrating ‘indic thought and philosophy’ will be held virtually. Having hosted two editions, Arth will see its third one come alive on screens, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The two-day festival will be held in Kolkata on February 27-28 and in Delhi on March 19-20. The idea behind Arth is to inspire people to rediscover how rich India’s culture and art is via various discussions.
“We received a phenomenal response for the previous editions of ‘Arth’ and we are excited to present the third edition of the culture fest in a digital format, which the audiences can witness from the safety and comfort of their homes,” Shreyasi Goenka, founder and director of the festival, told PTI.
The Kolkata edition will see prominent names like the West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, Union minister Smriti Irani, BJP MPs Subramanian Swamy and Swapan Dasgupta, BJP state president Dilip Ghosh, former India football captain Bhaichung Bhutia, lyricist Irshad Kamil and singer Ila Arun.
The speakers attending the Kolkata edition will share their ideas on varied topics. Some of which include the Assembly election, 125 years of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, a tribute to legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray and actor Soumitra Chatterjee and the city’s unparalleled love for sports, among others.
“With ‘Arth’ in its third edition, even as we are striving to retain the essence of this festival by bringing to our audience the best that our heritage has to offer as always, we are also trying to help society look beyond the pandemic and give people the confidence to reboot cultural activities,” said Vikram Sampath, historian and director of the festival to PTI.
The list of speakers for the Delhi edition will be announced soon.