Aabaha Art and Theater Festival celebrates Indian Immigrants

The moving play "Confession," presented by the festival's organizers, Aabaha, was the festival's highlight

Brandon Hembree, Mayor of the City of Sugar Hill, graced the festival as the Guest of Honor / (Image - Aabaha/website)

This month, Atlanta hosted the first-ever "Aabaha Art and Theatre Festival," which showcased a remarkable merging of culture, creativity, and community. The first-ever theater festival solely devoted to the immigrant populations from the Indian Subcontinent, the festival took place at "The Eagle @Sugar Hill" in Sugar Hill, Georgia.

Brandon Hembree, Mayor of the City of Sugar Hill, graced the festival as the guest of honor. In his remarks, he said, “You don’t have to understand the language in order to see beauty in the field of emotion, that was especially the case in the last performance. I have enjoyed my time here today and I just wanted to thank you for bringing the outside world to our community.”

This event served as an icon of cultural diversity and harmony as Indian immigrants from the used the captivating medium of theatre to express their tales, traditions, and experiences through performances in three languages—Bengali, Hindi, and English.

The moving Hindi play "Aadhe Adhure," expertly staged by Atlanta-based Dhoop Chaoon Hindi Theatre Group, lit up the stage on the festival's opening night. The following evening, the Hindi Rangmanch ensemble from North Carolina presented a moving performance titled "Darj Lamhe Khudkushi Ke," delving into the intricate web of human emotions.

The festival's second day was an immersive trip through dramas in Bengali, Hindi, and English that featured a variety of storylines. The local community's skills were on display in an art exhibition amid the excitement of the play, which featured stunning oil paintings, watercolours, collages, and wood crafts.  

The combination of culinary treats and art exhibit created a cultural environment that encouraged natural dialogues about daily life, customs, and the powerful influence of storytelling.   









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