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As part of the UK-India Year of Culture 2017, India @ Edinburgh brings to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo a slice of the country’s iconic cultural traditions as well as its contemporary performing arts scene, including Bollywood dancers, theatre, martial arts and comedy. Of all the seasons and events programmed by Teamwork Arts for the Year of Culture, India @ Edinburgh has the distinction of happening on and around the anniversary day of the independence of India on 15th of August, which makes this season a truly special celebration of India’s rich and unique history.

India @ Edinburgh Programme

Elephant in the Room
Inspired by myth of the Indian elephant god, Ganesha, this is a coming-of-age story about a boy in search of his head, both literally and metaphorically, wandering through a forest under a prophecy of doom, as a motley spider-hunter duo look out for a big-ticket ransom! Winner of the META Awards 2017 in India for best actor, costume, and lighting design.
6.25pm | 2-26 August
Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street, Edinburgh
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The Offering
A curious boy, full of wonder, dreams of great warriors of the past and wants to be one of them. He meets an old man running from a difficult past and thus emerges their complex and unique relationship, that between a guru (master) and his shishya (student). Performer Aditya Roy, with two decades spent exploring different forms of martial arts behind him, creates a spellbinding performance.
3.45pm | 2-28 August
C Venues, C Royale Studio 2, 22 George Street, Edinburgh
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Majuli, the world’s largest river island on Assam’s mighty Brahmaputra river, evokes this mesmeric performance about the intricate bond between the people of Majuli and their land, in a solo of dance and theatre. The performer meanders in a riverine rhythm to music set by instruments indigenous to the region celebrating Majuli’s spirit.
6pm | 11-20 August
Dance Base, Grassmarket, Edinburgh
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Indian Naval Band & Bollywood Dancers
One of the highlights of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the Indian Naval Band will team up with colourful Bollywood Dancers and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Dance Company, to celebrate India’s coastal communities and the 70th Anniversary of the Independence of India.
4-26 August | Edinburgh Castle
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Sanjoy Roy, Managing Director of Teamwork Arts, said “2017 is a year of great significance for the arts world – 70 years of the Edinburgh festivals and 70 years since the world’s largest democracy, India, attained independence from the British Crown. To commemorate the second of these anniversaries, which falls on August 15, an ambitious cultural exchange programme is being hosted in both countries to celebrate diversity, youth and innovation throughout 2017.”

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