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Communist States, India, Boycott Israel Music, Drama Festival

The Seventh Annual Festival of Music and Drama opened yesterday although part of its original program was changed by the six-day Arab-Israeli war.

An Indian dance group cancelled its three appearances at the request of the Indian Government, an ardent supporter of the Arab cause. Similar cancellations were sent by choirs from Bulgaria and Yugoslavia.

A Scottish Jewish choir sent only part of its group and a choral unit from Los Angeles decided not to come but to donate the travel costs to the Israeli war effort.

Isaac Stern, violinist, will appear in the festival along with Leonard Rose, cellist, and Eugene Istomin, pianist.