Delhi is a hub for film festivals. The government as well as private organizations arrange these festivals. While most of these festivals have free entry, prior passes may have to be collected. The Jagran Film Festival (1-5 July, 2016) that is currently being held at Sirifort Auditorium is organised by Jagran Prakashan (House of Dainik Jagran Newspaper). To know how is it going, read on.
We attended a piano concert by Anil Srinivasan at Habitat. The pieces that he played were a combination of Western Classical to Carnatic to popular Bollywood numbers. “Touch” was the theme of the evening and accompanying the performance were audio visuals that depicted experiences that had touched the artist. The melodious evening was a welcome break from the pre Diwali madness in Delhi.
“My Own Man” charts the path of transformation of the director David Sampliner to a more “manly man”. His journey is humorous but at times touching and confronting.The manner in which Sampliner reveals his insecurities to the whole world is a humbling experience. Add with it an interesting script; interviews with friends and family and a short duration – one has a beautiful documentary. “My Own Man” is one such work and among the best of the documentaries that we see at India Habitat Centre.
Prosenjit Chatterjee Retrospective is being held during 7-29 September, 2015 at India Habitat Centre. The retrospective started with the Benagli film Dosar directed by Rituparno Ghosh. Dosar stars Prosenjit and Konkona and is about extra marital relationships in an urban setting. We found the flim somewhat cliché and is definitely not among the masterpieces of Rituparno. Yet, it is a watchable film, relatable in parts and the English subtitles make it an easy watch for non Bengali speaking audience.
Bharat Parv is a festival organised to showcase the cuisine and culture of the various states of India. It is being held at various venues in Delhi. We welcome the initiative as a reminder about the advantages of living in a free state.
Delhi Drummers recently had a jamming session at the picturesque Zorba the Buddha, Mehrauli Gurgaon Road. This was an open event where anybody was free to get his musical instrument of choice and play along. The viewers swayed to the music and some of them formed circles around the drummers and danced with gusto. Overall, a very pleasant fuss free and “cool” do on a very warm summer evening.
Japan Foundation, in association with Gati Dance Forum, recently organized a contemporary dance performance by Takao Kawaguchi from Japan and Surjit Nongmeikapam from Manipuri. The abstract performance coupled with the simple seating arrangement and the opportunity of connecting with others in the audience was a most refreshing experience.