Mukti 1937 Bengali FilmScreening
May 18, 2019 7:00 pm Saturday
Mukti 1937 Bengali film screening with English subtitles Country: Indian; Year: 1937; Language: Bengali; Runtime: 115 min; Color: Black and White; Sound: Mono Studio: New Theatres
Barua’s classic adultery story tells of an artist, Prasanta (Barua) presented in the stereotypically romantic image dedicated to his vocation, paying no heed to his scandalous reputation (he paints nude models) and with a cavalier attitude to his conservative father-in-law’s (Choudhury) demands for good social behaviour. He is married to the rich Chitra (Kanan Devi). The couple are in love but neither partner is prepared to compromise their ideals. The marriage falls apart. Prasanta concedes his wife demand for a divorce and goes to the jungles of Assam, where for many years his closest associates are a wild elephant and Jharna (Menaka), the wife of an innkeeper named Pahari (P. Mullick). He also makes a sworn enemy of a local trader (Nawab/A. Mullick). Chitra marries the millionaire Bipul (Mukherjee) and they go on an elephant hunt. They kill Prasanta’s pet elephant. Since Chitra believes Prasanta to be dead he avoids meeting her, but he is forced to rescue her from the vilainous trader. Prasanta succeeds but dies at Chitra’s feet. The film interprets his death as Chitra’s final achievement of the freedom she had craved. Barua contrasts the regressive story presented as static and unresolved, both as narrative and performance, with a hyperactive environment that overwhelms the trivial nature of the lead couples’ desires. There are many sequence shots tracking through walls – including the justly celebrated ‘psychological’ opening shot as Prasanta walks through one door after another until he reaches his studio, and from interior to exterior, while nature is exemplified by mountains, trees, wind and charging elephants. This was one of the first elaborate filmic uses of Tagore’s lyrics, with the poet’s original tunes (Sahar range rang, Mesa te bobe. Tar biday belar malakhani), but one of the film’s big hits, Diner sheshe ghumer deshe, was composed originally for the film by Mullick.
The film will be introduced by Aparajita Roy Sinha, Film Critique
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IDEA OF INDIA: DIFFERENT VARIANT
May 16, 2019 5:00 pm Thursday
IDEA OF INDIA: DIFFERENT VARIANTS
-An interactive talk with
Dr. Shamsul Islam taught Political Science for 40 years in the Delhi University. He has written over 14 books, and over 700 articles in dailies and journals both in India and abroad on issues like theocracy, religious intolerance, fundamentalism, status of Dalits, women, and culture, theatre, human values, human rights, exploitation etc. He is visiting Hyderabad, and would like to share his thoughts with interested people and answer questions.
Lamakaan An Open Cultural Space
Lamakaan an open cultural space.
MOVIE SCREENING-PATHER PANCHALI
May 07, 2019 7:30 pm Tuesday
Movie Screening – Pather Panchali by Satyajit Ray
Pather Panchali is Ray’s debut film, and the first film of his ‘The Apu Triology’
The time is early twentieth century, a remote village in Bengal.The film deals with a Brahmin family, a priest – Harihar, his wife Sarbajaya, daughter Durga, and his aged cousin Indir Thakrun – struggling to make both ends meet.
Pather Panchali has a universal humanist appeal. Though the film deals with the grim struggle for survival by a poor family, it has no trace melodrama. What is projected in stead is the respect for human dignity.
The sequences of Apu and elder sister Durga, exploring their little world and sharing secrets are most remarkable aspect of the film. These include the scenes of – discovery of train by Durga and Apu in field of white Kash flowers, the candy seller sequence, and Indir Thakrun’s death.
The film develops its characters and the atmosphere slowly and resolutely. The narrative builds up to a powerful climax as we begin to empathise with the characters.
DURATION : 2 HOURS
VENUE : LAMAKAAN
Marathi Play by PL Deshpande
May 05, 2019 7:30 pm Sunday
On the occasion of Birth Centenary of renowned Marathi writer P L Deshpande “Sahitya Katta Neredmet” pays tribute to him by performing his one of the hilarious Marathi.
Gardabhandam & Abbey Emleydu
May 04, 2019 7:30 pm Saturday
Samahaara Theatre Co-operative presents
A double bill of two Telugu Comedies
Tanikella Bharini’s “GARDABHANDAM” & S. Partha Saradhi’s “ABBEY EMLEYDU”
Directed by Rathna Shekar
Date: 04th May 2019 Time: 7:30pm Venue: Lamakaan, Hyderabad.
Written by eminent playwright, actor, director Shri.Tanikella Bharani, Gardabhandam ( Donkey’s egg) is a rib tickling political satire that talks about inherited political power. The play is mix of fictional mythology and contemporary social issues. Come grab your seats and enjoy the fun.
Abbe emleydu is a hilarious farce written by Shri. Shankaramanchi Partha Saradhi. A laid back husband, a forgetful wife and a deaf servant. To this mix add a colorful boss who has an exciting plan for the weekend with his subordinates, two strangers who walk into the house for a free meal and a missing ring. What happens when all these colourful characters meet in a situation like this ? Lets find out.
Climate Samvad Greenpeace India
May 03, 2019 7:30 pm Friday
Greenpeace India invites you to be part of Climate Samvad, an initiative to address the issue of climate change, and how YOU can play a crucial role in mitigating it
Climate Change Impacts are already worsening. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) landmark report SR15 warns we have only 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe.
CLIMATE SAMVAD or Climate Dialogue are series of 11 public events being organized by Greenpeace India across the country.
Come, be the part of Climate Samvad and understand from the speakers the gravity of the issue. Your importance and role in this movement. Beyond dialogue, it is a step towards a sustainable future. It is step towards #ClimateActionNow Check our website, www.greenpeaceindia.org for more details
Siyasi Muslims – Book Release
May 02, 2019 5:00 pm Muslims Thursday.
Siyasi A Story of Political Islams in India Overview :- How do we make sense of the Muslims of India? Do they form a political community? Does the imagined conflict between Islam and modernity affect the Muslims’ political behaviour in this country? Are Muslim religious institutions-mosques and madrasas-directly involved in politics? Do they instruct the community to vote strategically in all elections? What are ‘Muslim issues’? Is it only about triple talaq? Are Muslims truly nationalists? Or do they continue to remain just an ‘other’ in India? While these questions intrigue us, we seldom debate to find pragmatic answers to these queries. Examining the everydayness of Muslims in contemporary India, Hilal Ahmed offers an evocative story of politics and Islam in India, which goes beyond the given narratives of Muslim victimhood and Islamic separation.
Hilal Ahmed is Associate Professor and works on political Islam, Muslim modernities/ representation, and politics of symbols in South Asia. His book Muslim Political Discourse in Postcolonial India: Monuments, Memory, Contestation (Routledge 2014), looks at these thematic concerns to make sense of the nature of contemporary Muslim political discourse.
Hilal Ahmed’s SIYASI MUSLIMS by Penguin will be released by
A K Khan, Advisor to Government of Telangana
Moderator: Mir Ayoob Ali Khan .
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