The festival will have five visual-art exhibitions. Indian-origin Briton Hetain Patel is making his debut with his work "At Home" at the Wood Street Galleries. Patel uses humour and pop culture in the form of videos and photographs to explore identity formation for people with marginalised identities.
At the same venue, photographer Nandini Valli Muthiah is displaying her three photographic series that place traditional Indian cultural icons in contemporary settings.
Apart from that, Indian artists Silpa Gupta, Surabhi Saraf, Sumakshi Singh and Avinash Veeraraghavan will be displaying their talents using new media to showcase traditional Indian culture. Photographer Gauri Gill and painter Sarika Goulatia will be presenting their documentation at 709 Penn Gallery.
Banglagore-based Nrityagram Dance Ensemble will perform on October 3 while Britain-based Indian classical dance group Aakash Odedra company are set to perform on November 6 at the Byham Theater. Apart from art and dance, theatre artists will be performing plays from October 15-17. These artists include Canada-born playwright Ravi Jain, Indian Ink Theatre and India's Tram Theatre company. Classical tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain will team up with the English jazz bassist Dave Holland and the eight-member SFJazz collective to perform at the festival.