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The Sked

A film festival with a mission, a theatre festival to bring back the classics and an exhibition exploring new frontiers in the art world.

The Sked

Delhi Film
Reels In A Giant Movie Box

A film festival with a mission is making its debut—the I View World International festival will start this weekend. Conceived by the transnational art and human rights organisation Engendered, it seeks to present issues related to human rights and gender discrimination. Features of all kinds, ranging from mainstream films and arthouse/indie flicks to documentaries that have slipped under the radar will be on show. Highlights from the line-up include the Indian premiere of Suffragette, a film based on the British women’s movement for equal voting rights, starring Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep and Carey Mulligan. Also on schedule is French director Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan, which tracks the lives of three Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in France. Closer to our shores, multiple films of Mira Nair, including Reluctant Fundamentalist and Monsoon Wedding, will be screened, aside from Haramkhor, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Prakash Jha’s Jai Gangaajal. The much-talked-about Aligarh will have a special screening inside the JNU campus. Documentaries like Evaporating Borders, which talks about the racial tensions during the ongoing European refugee crisis, are being featured alongside The Backward Class, a documentary on Dalits. Filmmakers and stars are also expected in equal numbers. Mar 2-8, British Council

Bangalore Theatre
In The Zoo There Are Actors

Deccan Herald’s Theatre Festival plans to bring back some classics in a contemporary way as well as showcase some new work along the way. The event will have five groups on show. Opening the festival is Twice Around the Park by Murray Schisgal, a two-act play which does not explore human relationships so much as makes a mockery of them. The happenstance comedy is followed by The Leader/Krapp’s Last Tape, a play written by Samuel Beckett in 1958 about a writer who religiously documents moments of his life on audio and comes back to them to discover himself. Also to be enacted is Gurcharan Das’s 9 Jakhoo Hill, directed by Ashish Sen, which traces the life of a once-prosperous family in Shimla during the ’60s. The CFD group and the Jagriti group will give life to Sriram Iyer’s Investigation SBC and Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo. Expect much drama and some riveting performances. Till Mar 12, Multiple Venues

This Too

Calcutta Art The 3rd Annual Art Exhibition brings the best paintings from all over Bengal. Other than new names, works by Jogen Chowdhury, Prakash Karmakar and Sandip Bajpai will be on show. Till March 31, Chisel Art Walk

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Goa Art
Godly Excursions

Exploring new frontiers in the art sphere is an exhi­bition by Lucknow-based artist Sonal Varshneya, Ambubachi. Known for her iconographic representations of Indian gods and goddesses, the artist’s latest exhibit highlights her love for printmaking. She is known for etching and aquatinting on metal plates and then combining the two, using applications which gives etchings on paper. Vivid textures and strong lines form the basis of her art. Till March 15, Museum of Goa

Chennai Culture
Stories in Stone

AChola Experience for Different Senses expects one to lend an attentive ear. Having authored a book on his 11-year travels exploring the temples of south India, historian Pradeep Chakravarthy will speak on the minutiae surrounding their inscriptions and architecture. Carnatic vocalist V. Shankar Narayanan will also be present and will speak about the heritage of Kapal­ee­swara, Gangaikonda­chola­puram, and the Daras­uram temples. Also sharing insights in a storytelling session will be journalist Sudha Umasha­nkar, a popular raconteur. March 12, Ashvita Bistro

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