A three-day annual festival, Gurgaon Utsav, begins at the amphitheatre of the Aravalli Biodiversity Park here this coming Friday.

The festival, a residents’ initiative to create a platform for an invigorating interaction between the citizens of Gurgaon and the performing arts, will have Indian folk tradition in a contemporary context as its underlying theme.

The festival will kick-off with play Piya Behrupiya, a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy “Twelfth Night”. Adapted by Amitosh Nagpal and directed by Atul Kumar of The Company Theatre, the play delights with its originality as befits the Nautanki (a folk performance tradition from North India) style of the performance.

On the second day, Hari and Sukhmani will enthral the audience with toe-tapping rhythm of Punjabi folk accompanied by their electronica. The duo is a regular on Coke Studio and tour widely in India and abroad.

It will be followed by the thought-provoking lyrics and demanding beat of the Pakistan-based band, Laal. Continuing the voice of the Progressive Writers’ Movement of the Sub-continent, Laal seeks to popularise the works of Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Habib Jalib among others, by setting their revolutionary poetry to music.

The festival will conclude on December 1 with the performance of redoubtable artiste Malini Awasthi, who will sing folk music evoking a sense of joy and celebration. A disciple of the Thumri exponent Padma Bhushan Girija Devi, Malini is from the Banaras gharana and synonymous with folk music in India. Her verve and zeal have put the folk music of Awadh and Banaras on the country’s cultural radar.

The Gurgaon Utsav is presented by the Arts and Literature Foundation with the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon and the Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Haryana. Entrance will be free.