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Jashn-e-Rekhta, a play written by Karnad and directed by Lillete Dubey and one of the oldest Sufi festivals

The Sked

Bangalore film festival
C’est Ne Pas Seulement Cinema

Breaking new ground in Bangalore from the first week of February is the 6th edition of My French Film Festival. What is also interesting about this year’s edition is that film buffs will be able to view the twelve French features, eleven French shorts and three documentaries online even if they are not at the event itself. The Alliance Francaise de Bangalore is aiming to increase the exposure of Indian audiences to French cinema and to showcase the young generation of French filmmakers and enable Internet users all over the whole to share their love of French cinema. A number of acclaimed films are going to be screened. The line-up includes the evocative Summertime by Catherine Corsini, an unapologetic film about a lesbian romance that blooms during the feminist movement in the 1970s. Also expected to wow audiences are the eclectic funny drama Caprice by Emmanuel Mouret and the troubling Heatwave. With the varied modes of access, this film festival is one to watch out for. Feb 8-18, Alliance Francaise de Bangalore. See MyFrenchFilmFestival.com

DELHI urdu festival
A Lot of Jazz and Jashn

If it’s Urdu that makes you go all poetic, here’s a February treat—the three-day affair titled Jashn-e-Rekhta. The festival, which is breezing its way into the capital, celebrates the richness and beauty of the language through various forms which include qawwali, dastangoi, drama, discussions and ghazals. This year it will be ce­l­ebrating the birth centenary of Ismat Chugtai, Raj­­­i­nder Singh Bedi and Akhtar-ul-Iman. Aside from the regular eve­nts it will also host a food festival, a calligraphy corner, a book exhibition and an Urdu Bazaar. Some of the stalwarts gracing the event include Gulzar, Vidha Lal, Ab­himanyu Lal, Shariq Kaifi, Nida Fazli, Mohammad Alvi. Also, watch out for a discussion between Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi. February 12-14, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts

This Too

Mumbai Play Theatre lovers are excited about Wedding Album, a play written by Girish Karnad and directed by Lillete Dubey. It takes on Indian weddings but lightly and with wry humour. Feb 13, Prithvi Theatre

And Also

chennai music
Ecstatic Harmonies

Ruhaniyat, one of the oldest and largest Sufi festivals, will be making its way to Chennai in the next week. This travelling circus of a festival has been known to bring the best folk, classical and Sufi artistes in the eve­nts. The festival marks its 14th edition this year and is known for renditions of classical wo­rks by relativ­ely less-known talents from remote parts of the country, besides those from abroad. This year the audience will be spoilt by a wide range of choices: inc­luding Berk Gurman from Istanbul; the Whirling Dervi­shes from Turkey with Madan Gopal Singh; Chaar Yaar from India; Parvathy Baul of West Bengal; and qawwali stars Sabri Brothers. February 7-13: Madras Race Club

Calcutta Exhibition
Art, Nouveau Too

Seeking to promote new artists, the Ahuja Museum For Arts is holding an exhibition titled Emerging Artist. The show will explore nature and urban life and the tension that builds up inevitably bet­ween the two. On display will be paintings by upcoming artists such as Avijit Mukherjee, Farhad Hussain, Rathin Mitra, Avijit Sil, Sasa­nka Ghosh, Swapan Sarkar, Saugata Das and Sayak Mitra. The expe­cted treats range from ske­tches to paintings in acrylic—more than eno­ugh to keep the art buff in Kolkata hooked. Till March 31, Ahuja Mus­eum For Arts

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