India, Dec. 3 -- King Lear mouthing soliloquies and enacting them through Kathakali while being French in origin. Fiona Gardner, an Australian, will become the goddess Kali in a thematic experimental dance. None of them knows India deeply. Yet they will attempt to reinterpret our stories. The 12th edition of the Delhi International Arts Festival, (DIAF) is ready to unfold many such surprises for its audience. Festival director Pratibha Prahlad, who is also a Bharatanatyam dancer, believes that this is perfectly in keeping with the philosophy that "art sensitises, harmonises and unifies countries."

She explains that the main aim of the festival is to re-instill pride in the country's rich cultural heritage and diverse aesthetic practices,...