The Indian cultural city of Pune is preparing to welcome visitors to a famous nine-night festival later this month.
The 17th edition of the Navaratri Mahostsav festival will feature a host of high-profile music, dance and theatre events, held at the city's biggest open-air theatre, Ganesh Kala Krida Rangmanch.
One of the highlights of the programme will be a 12-hour session of Lavani, a sensual and unique art form with an up-tempo beat, combining percussion, singing and dancing.
Hindi film music will include readings of Ghazals - an ancient form of poetry based on bitter-sweet sentiments of love and loss - as well as the songs of Asha Bhosale, a legendary Bollywood soundtrack singer.
The ambitious 'Music India' event will showcase an entire century of Indian music. There will also be a performance of Marathi comedy play Pati Sagale Uchapati, which inspired the hit Bollywood film 'All the Best: Fun Begins'.
The Anglo-Burmese star of classic Bollywood, Helen Jairag Richardson, will open the festival, which begins on October 16.
Press Association 2012
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