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Mexico’s 46th edition of Cervantino International Festival will see India participating as a guest of honor. Photo: Courtesy

Mexico’s 46th edition of Cervantino International Festival will see India participating as a guest of honor, with an elaborate program of performing arts.

The festival started in 1953 with a focus on theater. This is India’s first time as the featured country.

The nearly three-week long festival will kick off on Oct. 10 in the heritage city of Guanajuato. It will conclude on Oct. 28.

The cultural festival is named after the great Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes — called the “Spanish equivalent of William Shakespeare” by Mexican Embassy’s Charge d’affaires Armando Vivanco Castellanos.

The festival will see a Kathakali performance on one of the major literary works of Cervantes, “Don Quixote.”

In the dance category, the participating groups are the Danceworx (contemporary), Malavika Sarukkai Group (Bharatanatyam) and Manipuri Jagoi Marup Group (Manipuri).

Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan (Sitar), Rashmi Agarwal (Sufi and devotional), OzoneRaaga (fusion) and Samandar Khan Manganiar (Rajasthani Folk) will participate under the music category.

Adishakti, Meher The Troupe and The Margi will participate in the theater category.

The festival, apart from performing arts, will also host activities around food, film, yoga, art and photography, among others.

A notable exhibition of lensman Amit Pasricha’s “The Sacred India” will show Indian devotional spaces in photographs. It will run the length of the overall festival.

ICCR will also donate a sculptural bust of Mahatma Gandhi, created by renowned sculptor Ram Sutar, to the Municipality of Guanajuato.

The FicMaya, a spinoff of the festival held in Yucatán, will not be held this year.

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