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The 46th edition of IFFI, India's only dance fair and a litfest to bring the best writings from Indian languages to the forefront.

The Sked
The Sked

Goa Film Festival
Recuerdos de la Cine

The 46th edition of IFFI, the trusted, old and very official caravanserai of cinema, pit­c­hes tent again in Goa this month. The focus will be on films from Spain this time aro­und, and Bollywoodian Anil Kapoor (who won a best actor last time the NDA was in power, and has helpfully donned sombreros in curry westerns) is on hand as chief guest. An intriguing line-up of films is scheduled, with the Matthew Brown film The Man Who Knew Infinity, about mathematical genius Ramanujan, opening the fest. Budd­h­a­­deb Dasgupta’s Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa, with Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Shyam Bene­gal’s classic Junoon, starring Shashi Kap­oor, are on the menu. In all, 187 movies from 89 countries will be in the World Cinema section and 26 feature and 21 non-feature films form Indian Panorama. The festival seeks to promote young, emerging talent via the First Cut section and a special series titled In Conversation will have the likes of Benegal (decidedly a neutral figure, post-FTII protests) discussing the art of filmmaking with the audience. Nov 20-29, Goa University

Delhi Literature
India, As She Writes To Herself

While there are several festivals celebrating writing in the English language, the Samanvay Indian Languages Festival (ILF) aims to bring the best from the Indian languages to the forefront. The fifth edition of the festival is being brought to Delhi by the India Habitat Centre. The event this year will focus on four langua­ges and their literature—Tamil, Bangla, Marathi and Dogri. The theme of the festival this year is ‘Insider/Outsider: Writing India’s Dreams and Realities’. The ‘suicided’ Tamil writer Perumal Murugan will rec­eive the ‘ILF Samanvay Bhasha Samman’ award at the event for his novel Madhorubhagan, which had ruffled a few feathers. The event, which will bring together writers from all across the country, also has a planned session titled ‘The Bound Word: On Creativity and Censorship’. Former actress and politician Khushboo is to be part of the panel that will moderate this session, with the festival itself looking to promote and find an enha­nced readership for bhasha literature. Nov 26-29, India Habitat Centre

And Also

Bangalore Dance
Rhythm Divine

The first and only dance fair in the country—Dancejathre, is set to host its second edition. Conceived by Kuchipudi exp­onent Guru Smt Vyjayanthi Kashi, the festivities are divided into two parts—workshops in the mornings and the competitions as well as performances in the evenings. The workshops include exp­ert classes on Kathak, Mohiniattam, Kuchipudi, Bharatanatyam, Manipuri, Koodiyattam and other dance forms. Dancejathre, a signature fest by the Shambhavi School of Dance, is an eff­ort to knit the large and complex tapestry of classical arts of India and integrate them with the world through a showcasing of the richness of Indian heritage. The fair aims to broaden the horizons of the individual dance forms and bring together art and the common man, thus helping forge a richer experience. For those attending the fest—practitioners and the audience—it is an opportunity like no other to lose themselves in the epicentre of this glorious melee. Nov 21-22, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath

This Too

Mumbai Theatre A decade-old, four-scene black comedy, Black with Equal—about life in a housing society. The story starts on a good note, but ends up in bitter fights among grown-ups. Nov 26-27, Prithvi Theatre

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