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2013: Europalia India

837,000 visitors attended EUROPALIA INDIA, which consisted of 509 events, including 30 exhibitions, 97 concerts, 32 dance performances, 24 theatre performances, 136 film screenings, 29 literary events, and 161 lectures, workshops, and events in libraries and universities.

The festival's exhibitions, which were organised across Belgium, covered a wide range of themes such as Bollywood, Indian architecture, Sanskrit, and the Ramayana. EUROPALIA INDIA was not only an opportunity to showcase the treasures of ancient India but also to present new creations by emerging artists.

The two flagship events were The Body in Indian Art, which offered insight into Indian culture and traditions over the centuries through the Indian perception of the body, and Indomania: from Rembrandt to the Beatles, which explored the Western gaze on India from Vasco de Gama up until today. In Liège, a contemporary art walk showed photos, videos, and installations which all centred on the theme of water.  

The performing arts programme zoomed in on India's cultural diversity through a spellbinding selection of ritual, sacred, folk, and contemporary dances, as well as through Indian puppet theatre, by artists like Leela Samson, Kapila Venu, and Alarmel Valli.

The festival also presented sacred, Carnatic, Hindustani, as well as experimental and electronic music and included artists such as Adivasi Sidi Dhamal Goma Party and Meeta Pandit. Additionally, many Belgian artists collaborated with Indian musical acts.

In celebration of Bollywood’s centenary, EUROPALIA INDIA dedicated several retrospectives, screenings, and other events such as Flageywood to Indian cinema. Director Anurag Kashyap presented his latest film Ugly.

The festival welcomed acclaimed authors Abha Dawesar, Jeet Thayil, Vikas Swarup, and Manu Joseph.

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