Monday, November 26, 2012

New wave film-makers demand special theatres for their films

Young Indian film-makers and directors of ‘offbeat’ or ‘new wave’ films have pitched in for creating special theatres for showing their films. Addressing a joint press conference in the ‘Meet the Directors – Indian Feature and Non-feature films’ section at the 43rd International Film Festival of India in Panaji, Goa today they felt that there are dedicated viewers for their films but in the absence of a proper distribution mechanism the films are not being released in multiplexes.

The Director of ‘Char : The No-Man’s Island’ Sourav Sarangi said that his film is being shown in Japan and other international film festivals, but it has no takers in India. The Director of ‘Anhey Ghorhey Da Daan’ Gurvinder Singh said that there is a crying need to have a chain of theatres which will show only new wave cinema. The Director of ‘Vanishing Point’ Abhijit Mazumdar and the Director of ‘Lessons in Forgetting’ Unni Vijayan also agreed with them.
‘Char : The No-Man’s Island’ is the story of Rubel, a fourteen-year-old boy who smuggles rice by crossing the river Ganga. The same river eroded his entire village when he was just four. Seven years later, a fragile tiny island called Char formed within the large river. The homeless families from both India and Bangladesh shifted to this forbidden zone. Rubel tries to combine school and smuggling together. However, the demands at home build up. Desperate for a job, Rubel jumps on a train bound for Kerala. Sourav Sarangi explained that his film has tried to trace the conflict between the nature and the human beings as also the indomitable spirit of the marginal man to fight back for his livelihood.
NFDC film ‘Anhey Ghorhey Da Daan’ is the story of a dalit family in a village in Punjab which wakes up to the news of the demolition of a house of one of their community members. Father, a silent sympathizer, joins his community in demanding justice for the affected family. The same day, his son Melu, a cycle-rickshaw puller in the city, is participating in a strike by his union. Cycling through the city streets, Melu feels lost and wonders where to go and what to do. Back in the village, his mother feels humiliated at the treatment meted out by the landlords in whose fields she works. A man wonders asking for the traditional alms while Father decides to visit the city with a friend, even as his daughter Dayalo walks through the village streets in the night. ‘Anhey Ghorhey Da Daan’ has won many awards in various festivals.
‘Vanishing Point’ is the story of two friends Aurko and Sachin. They are travelling by a car to look for locations for a small film they are planning to make. Aurko is perpetually high on marijuana. Sachin doesn’t approve of Aurko’s smoking habit. Aurko comes across an old man whom he keeps seeing at different points of their journey. He gets mesmerized and tries to follow him. Sachin loses track of Aurko. Aurko is left alone in the darkness. As he continues to walk towards his destination, robbers attack him. The journey derails into a realm of the unknown.
‘Lessons in Forgetting’ is a gripping and heartwarming story of redemption, forgiveness and second chances. The story is woven around a single father, J.A. Krishnamurthy, or JAK, who relentlessly follows a trail to find out how his teenage daughter, Smriti, ended up on a hospital bed, almost dead. Helping JAK in his chase is a single mother Meera, whose husband has walked out on their marriage, leaving her to bring up their two growing children and care for her aging mother and grandmother, all on her own.
Directors of ‘Samhita’ Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukthankar, also addressed a press conference later today and explained the nuances of the storyline of their film. The story of the film ‘Samhita’ goes like this: an ailing film producer wants his wife to produce a film on his favorite story – a story of passion and surrender between a king and a court singer. The wife hands over the responsibility to Revati who is going through a strained relationship with her husband. She meets the woman writer, Tara, an aristocrat spinster. Hemangi, a well-known actress who is in a live-in-relationship with a painter, is chosen for the role of the court singer.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Sunday, November 18, 2012

ಮಂಡ್ಯ ರಮೇಶ್ ಎನ್ ಎಸ್ ಡಿ ಗೆ ತರ್ತಾರೆ ಆಲೀಬಾಬ

Jashn-e-Bachpan - the national theatre festival for children - is back. Held every alternate year, this will be the 11th Jashne Bachpan festival to be hosted by National School of Drama with as many as 17 plays in nine different languages performed by children. The 10-day festival which promises a mix of fantasies, history, comedy and social issues will start on November 18. 

The festival will see plays from all over the country and performances by special children. Three plays will be performed by them including Dakghar as the opening performance. The play is about a boy named Amal who desperately waits for a letter from the king knowing him to be the greatest authority of the land. He firmly believes that the king will write to him. The play's dialogues are very much like the lines of a poem that goes on forming a story as it proceeds. 

Dastaan-e-Dilli, again by special children, will mark the end of the festival. The play opens with a delightful re-telling of Krishna and his childhood exploits on the banks of the Yamuna off Kalindi Kunj and it will end with a vision of 'Dilli' in the future seen through the eyes of its special children. 

There will be theatre groups from Assam, Karnataka, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Kerala, Manipur and Tamil Nadu and even Bangladesh and Nepal will participate. 

ಮಂಡ್ಯ ರಮೇಶ್ ಅವರು ಮೈಸೂರಿನ ನಟನಾ ತಂಡದ 
ಮಕ್ಕಳ ನಾಟಕ ಆಲೀಬಾಬಾ ವನ್ನು ದೆಹಲಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರದರ್ಶಿಸಲಿದ್ದಾರೆ. 
ನವಂಬರ್ 26 ರಂದು ಸಂಜೆ ಎನ್ ಎಸ್ ಡಿಯ ಅಭಿಮಂಚ್ ರಂಗಮಂದಿರದಲ್ಲಿ!

Friday, November 16, 2012

India International Trade Fair 2012

 The 32nd edition of the India International Trade Fair was inaugurated by Hon’ble 
President of India, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee on November 14, 2012 at Hamsadhwani Theatre, Pragati Maidan, and New Delhi.
His Excellency, Prime Minister of Belarus, Mr. Mikhail V. Myasnikovich was the ‘Guest 
of  Honour’ at the ceremony. Her Excellency  Deputy Trade & Industry Minister of South 
Africa, Ms. Elizabeth Thabethe also graced the occasion.
The Republic of Belarus has  been  accorded the  ‘Partner  Country’  Status  while  South 
Africa  is  the ‘Focus   Country’  at  the  fair. 
This year, the theme of the fair is ‘Skilling India’ projecting the performance of the Central and State Ministries, Departments and private sectors in the related fields. The theme display are at Hall No. 1- foyer, highlighting different   aspects  for  continuous  upgrading of skills and  globally recognised qualifications for youth to achieve  employment  and  ensure India’s  competitiveness in  the  international  market.     
Over 6000 Exhibitors from India and abroad are taking part in this edition of IITF.   
Overseas  participation  is  from Afghanistan,  Bangladesh ,  Canada, China, Cuba, Czech 
Republic, Egypt, Ghana, Hong Kong, Iran,  Indonesia,  Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Republic of Belarus,  Russia,  South Africa, Thailand, Turkey,   UAE  and  Vietnam.

The first five days of the fair viz. November 14-18, 2012, are restricted to business visitors only.  An International Business Visitors Lounge (IBVL) at Gate No.1 will be functioning for providing facilitation services to overseas trade delegations visiting the fair under the aegis of trade associations and other recognized nodal business groups.

Added  attractions to  the  visitors   are     the   State Days celebrations at Hamsadhwani and Lal Chowk theatres, music and dance recitals of classical and semi classical genre at 
Shakuntalam and Geet, Gazal, Qawaalees at Falaknuma Theatres, Street Plays at Itihask 
Chowk, Puppet Shows  at Food  Court  Theatre .

IITF 2012 will remain open for the visitors from 9.30 a.m. to 7.30 p.m., on all days during 
November 14-27, 2012. 

Ticket for business days visitor (November 14-18) will be Rs. 400/, while the general visitor during November 19-27, will be charged Rs.50/- (Adult) and Rs.30/-(Child) on working day and Rs.80/- and 50/- respectively on weekends and holidays. Visitor’s entry into Pragati Maidan is permitted from 9.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

ವೈ.ಅವನೀಂದ್ರನಾಥ್ ರಾವ್ ಅವರಿಗೆ ಡಾಕ್ಟರೇಟ್ ಪದವಿ

ನವದೆಹಲಿಯ ಕೇಂದ್ರ ಸಚಿವಾಲಯ ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯದ ಅಧಿಕಾರಿ ವೈ.ಅವನೀಂದ್ರನಾಥ್ ರಾವ್ ಅವರಿಗೆ ಮಧ್ಯ ಪ್ರದೇಶದ ಮಹಾತ್ಮಾ ಗಾಂಧಿ ಚಿತ್ರಕೂಟ ಗ್ರಾಮೋದಯ ವಿಶ್ವವಿದ್ಯಾಲಯ ಡಾಕ್ಟರೇಟ್ ಪದವಿ ನೀಡಿದೆ.
ಡಾ. ವೈ.ಅವನೀಂದ್ರನಾಥ್ ರಾವ್
ಅವನೀಂದ್ರನಾಥ್ ಅವರು ಮಂಡಿಸಿದ "ಭಾರತದ ಸಚಿವಾಲಯ ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯಗಳ ಜಾಲ ಮತ್ತು ಸಂಪನ್ಮೂಲ ವಿನಿಮಯಗಳಿಗೆ ಒಂದು ಮಾದರಿ"ಎಂಬ ಮಹಾ ಪ್ರಬಂಧಕ್ಕೆ ಈ ಗೌರವ ಲಭಿಸಿದೆ.
ಡಾ.ಆರ್ .ಪಿ .ವಾಜಪೇಯಿ ಅವರು ಸಂಶೋಧನೆಗೆ ಮಾರ್ಗದರ್ಶಕರಾಗಿದ್ದರು.
ಅವನೀಂದ್ರನಾಥ್ ಅವರುಈ ಹಿಂದೆ ಮುಲ್ಕಿಯ ವಿಜಯ ಕಾಲೇಜು, ಮಂಗಳೂರಿನ ಬದ್ರಿಯಾ ಕಾಲೇಜು ಹಾಗೂ ಮೂಡಬಿದರೆಯ ಎಸ್.ಎನ್.ಎಂ.ತಾಂತ್ರಿಕ ವಿದ್ಯಾ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಗಳ ಮುಖ್ಯ ಗ್ರಂಥಪಾಲಕರಾಗಿ ಹಾಗೂ ಉಪನ್ಯಾಸಕರಾಗಿ ಸೇವೆ ಸಲ್ಲಿಸಿದ್ದರು.
ಮಂಗಳೂರು ಆಕಾಶವಾಣಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ತಾತ್ಕಾಲಿಕ ನೆಲೆಯ ನಿರೂಪಕರಾಗಿಯೂ ಸೇವೆ ಸಲ್ಲಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ.
ಕವಿ ಮತ್ತು ಲೇಖಕರಾಗಿರುವ ಅವರ 'ಸಮಯ ಸಂದರ್ಭ'ಪ್ರಬಂಧ ಸಂಕಲನ ಹಾಗೂ ಎರಡು ಸಂಪಾದಿತ ಕೃತಿಗಳು ಪ್ರಕಟವಾಗಿದೆ.
ಮೂಲತ್ಹ ಉಡುಪಿ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಯ ಎಲ್ಲೂರಿನ ಅವರಿಗೆ ಈಚೆಗೆ ಬಿ.ಎಂ.ಶ್ರೀ ಪ್ರತಿಷ್ಟಾನದ ಪುರಸ್ಕಾರವೂ ಲಭಿಸಿದೆ

Friday, November 2, 2012

ಮಿ೦ಚ್ಚುಳಿಯ ಹೆಮ್ಮೆ

ನಾನೊ೦ದು ಮಿ೦ಚ್ಚುಳಿ ನನ್ನ ಮೈಬಣ್ಣ ಬಲು ಅ೦ದ!

ಮೀನ ಬೇಟೆಯಲಿ, ಮಿ೦ಚಿನ ವೇಗ ಮೀರಿಸಿದವರಿಲ್ಲ
ನನ್ನ ಹಿರಿಮೆಗೆ ಸಾಟಿ ಇನ್ಯಾರು ಇಲ್ಲ!!

ಸುತ್ತ ಮುತ್ತ ಸುಡು ಬೆಟ್ಟ ಬೋಳು-ಬೋಳು
ನೀರೊಳಗೆ ನೋಡಲು ನನ್ನ ಬೆದರುವವು ಮೀನುಗಳು..

ಬಣ್ಣ ಬಣ್ಣ ಎಷ್ಟೊ೦ದು ಬಣ್ಣ,
ನೀಲ,ಪಚ್ಚೆ ಹಳದಿ ಎಲ್ಲವೂ ನನ್ನ ಮೈಬಣ್ಣ.

ಅರಗಿಣಿಯದೇನು೦ಟು ಎಲೆಗಳದೆ ಬಣ್ಣ.
ಕೊ೦ಕು ಮೂಗಿಗೊ೦ದು ಕೆ೦ಪು ಸುಣ್ಣ!!

ನದಿ ಬೆಟ್ಟ ಬಯಲ ಸುತ್ತರುಳುವ ಹೂ ನನ ಮೇಲ್ಹೋದಿಕೆ,
ನಲಿಯದವರು೦ಟೆ ನನ್ನ ಕ೦ಡು!

ಹಸಿವಾಯಿತೆನಗೆ ಹದಿಹಾದೇನು
ಕೆರೆಯೊಳಕ್ಕೆ ದುಮ್ಮುಕ್ಕಿ
ಕ೦ದೆನೊ೦ದು ಮೀನ!

ಥಳ-ಥಳ ಹೊಳೆಯುವ ಹವಳದ ಬಣ್ಣ
ಅದರ ಸುತ್ತ ಹರಿಯುವ ನೀರೆಲ್ಲಾ ಚಿನ್ನ
ನುಸುಳಿ, ನೀರೊಳಗೆ ಮಾಯಾವಾಯಿತು ನಾಚಿಸುವ೦ತೆ ನನ್ನ!!

ಮೇಲ್ಲೆದು ಬ೦ದೆ, ಮೀನಿಲ್ಲದೆ ನಾ
ಸುತ್ತೆಲ್ಲ ನೋಡಿದೆ, ಇತ್ತಲ್ಲಿ ಅದೇ ಬೋಳು ಗುಡ್ಡೆ..
ಮೀನಾಗ ಬಾರದಿತ್ತೆ ಎ೦ದೆನುತ್ತಾ ನಾ ಮರುಕ ಪಟ್ಟೆ!

ಆದರೂ ಹಸಿವೆಯ ನ೦ದಿಸಲಿಲ್ಲ , ನನ್ನ ಬೆಸರದ ಬವಣೆ,
ಇನ್ನೇನ ಮಾಡಲಿ ಮೀನಾಗಲಾರೆ! ಎ೦ದೆನುತ್ತಾ,
ಸವಿದೆ ನಾ ಹಿಡಿದು ತ೦ದು ಬೆಳ್ಳಿಯಾ ಮೀನ..

ನಾನೊ೦ದು ಮಿ೦ಚ್ಚುಳಿ ನನ್ನ ಮೈಬಣ್ಣವೇ ಚ೦ದ!

- ಲಿವ್ಯಾ ಕುಕುನೂರು

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Chandrasekhar Kambar, Ratan Thiyam to Inaugurate Samanvay 2012

The second edition of the IHC Indian Languages Festival, Samanvay, is scheduled from November 2 – 4, 2012.

This year, the festival’s theme is Gaon–Kasba–Sheher:Boli-Bani–Bhasha

Since inception,the Centre has endeavored to create platforms for public discourse across different genres of the pursuit of excellence by Indian minds. ‘Samanvay’ is a platform for bringing together expressions of human thought in the varied and diverse cultural contexts that have been nurtured and have flourished in many languages that are spoken in our cultural milieu. These conversations amongst brilliant and well-known writers will seek to bring to our audiences the sparkle of multilingual expressions and their inspirations.

The India Habitat Centre was conceived to provide a physical environment which would serve as a catalyst for a synergetic relationship between individuals and institutions working in diverse habitat related areas and, therefore, maximise their total effectiveness. To facilitate this interaction, the Centre provides a range of facilities.
Two of the greatest theater personalities of the country, Chandrasekhar Kambar and Ratan Thiyam will inaugurate Samanvay.

Jnanpith laureate Kambar is a pioneering  Kannada playwright , poet, folklorist and critic whose works have influenced generations of readers and writers all over the country. He is known for his effective usage of North Karnataka dialect of Kannada language in his plays and poems. Dr. Kambar’s plays mainly revolves around folk or mythology interlinked with contemporary issues, inculcating modern lifestyle with his hard-hitting poems and has became a pioneer of such literature. His contribution as a playwright is significant  to the Indian theater as he achieved a blend of the folk and the modern theatrical forms.

Internationally acclaimed playwright and director Ratan Thiyam is one of the leading figures of the “theater of roots” movement  which started in 1970s. He i is known for writing and staging plays that use ancient Indian theater traditions and forms in a contemporary context. He is also the founder-director of ‘Chorus Repertory Theater’, formed on the outskirts of Imphal, Manipur in 1976.

Samanvay 2012: Schedule
2 November 2012
4.00- 4.30: Inauguration
By Chandrasekhar Kambar, Ratan Thiyam
4.45 – 5.45: Opening Session: Purani Boli Naya Daur: Boli is Back!
Speakers: Chandrasekhar Kambar, Ratan Thiyam, Kashinath Singh, Gillian Wright, Gurvinder Singh, Neelesh Mishra
Moderator: Alok Rai
6.00 – 7.00: Opening Reading
Nabaneeta Dev Sen, Sitanshu Yashaschandra, Udaya Narayana Singh, Mamang Dai, Arun Kamal, Arjun Deo Charan, Narender Singh Negi
7.15 – 8.15: Evening Performance
Ugana re: Presentation of Maithili poet Vidyapati’s compositions by Kathak Guru Shovana Narayan
3 Nov 2012
10.00-11.00: Manipuri: The Idea of Nation
Speakers: Yumlembam Ibomcha, Dr. Dhanabir Laishram, Bijoykumar Tayenjam
Moderator: Robin Ngangom
11.15-12.15: Interaction:Mapping Cities
Kashinath Singh, Laxman Gaikwad, Om Thanvi
12.30-1.30 Maithili: Love’s Own Language
Speakers: Udaya Narayana Singh, Deoshankar Naveen, Gajendra Thakur
Moderator: Arvind Das
2.30 -3.30 Kannada: Tales of Modernities: Small Spaces, Big Ideas
Speakers:Gopalkrishna Pai, Banu Mushtaq, B.T. Jahnavi
Moderator: Mamta Sagar
3.45-4.15 Interaction: Ghazal Gaon
Munawwar Rana
4.30-5.30 English: Where’s My Reader?
Speakers: Palash Krishna Mehrotra, Biman Nath, Madhuri Banerjee
Moderator: Jai Arjun Singh
5.45-6.30: Future of Indian Languages Publishing in Digital Era
Speakers:Akshay Pathak, Nikhil Chandra, Shiva Kumar, Kinshu Sinha
Moderator: Rahul Dixit
7.00-8.30 Evening Performance: Kashmiri Sufiyana Kalam
Gulzar Ahmad Ganie and party
4 November 2012
10.00-11.00 Oriya: Reclaiming Language, Space and Body: Women Writing
Speakers: Pratibha Ray, Sarojini Sahoo, Yashodhara Mishra, Aparna Mohanty
Moderator: Paramita Satpathy
11.15- 12.15: Folk Performance: Pad Dangal
Dhavale, Jagan and others
Introduction:  Prabhat
12.30-1.30 Marathi: The City of No Outsiders Mumbai
Speakers: Arun Sadhu, Hemant Divate, Neeraja
Moderator: Prakash Bhatambrekar
2.30-3.30 Kashmiri: My Reality, My Language
Speakers: Shahnaz Rasheed, Gulshan Badrani, Elyas Azad
Moderator: Nisar Azam
14 3.45-4.15: Interaction
Girish Kasaravali, Banu Mushtaq, Mamta Sagar
4.30-5.30: Hindi: Culture and Power: A Tale of Seven Cities (Allahabad, Benares, Bhopal, Delhi, Kolkata, Lahore, Patna)
Speakers: Kashinath Singh, Ashok Vajpeyi, Arun Kamal, Alka Saraogi
Moderator: Neelabh
5.45- 6.30: Mind Your Language| Zubaan Sambhal Ke
Speakers: Sneha Khanwalkar, Ratan Rajpoot, Simran Kohli
Moderator: Vineet Kumar
6.30 – 7.00: Award Ceremnoy and Closing
Speakers: K. Satchidanandan, Raj Liberhan, Paresh Nath, Anant Nath, Satyanand Nirupam, Giriraj Kiradoo
7.15 – 8.30: Evening Performance
Solo by Rabbi Shergill