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A culture spectacle to celebrate the Parsi-Zoroastrian community, the largest film festival of Asian and Arab cinema and much much more

The Sked

delhi culture
The Sun Is Shining On The Parsis

The unique ethos of the Parsi-Zoroastrian community will be celebrated in the capital starting this month. The cultural spectacle, ‘The Everlasting Flame Internatio­nal Programme’, is being organised as a collaboration between the Union minority aff­airs ministry and the Union culture ministry, along with the Parzor Foundation. The festival will be a showcase of the contributions of Zoroastrians to culture, philosophy and art. A kind of curtain-raiser for the event is an art exhibition—Threads of Continu­ity—which traces the philosophy and culture of the Zoroastrian faith from its origins in Central Asia and then charts out a timeline that brings you up to the present day. The other exp­ected highlights include a dance festival, a film and photo-festival, which will screen movies like Ferrari ki Sawari and Cafe Irani Chai, followed by talks by eminent speakers. Apart from this, do also look forward to multiple photography exhibitions and the foodie’s del­ight that is the Jamshed-i-Navroze feast, with a traditional Parsi spread. And they are not done yet. A puppet theatre show is also in line, as is a fashion show by Ashdeen Lilaowala and Wendell Rodricks. Aaoney jowwaa! Till May 27, Multiple venues

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Ballads Of The Feminine

It is known as the largest film festival of Asian and Arab cinema. Osian’s World Cinema Festival, in its 13th edition, has chosen to celebrate womanhood. The event is in four phases, mirroring itself on the four stages of a woman’s life. It is focusing on Ira­n­ian and Indian filmmakers, with African cinema and Japanese classics also getting their due. Some of the notable names and films on show are The Day I Became a Woman by Marzieh Makhmalbaf and Sati, directed by Aparna Sen. Japanese classics on womanhood will also be on show, with films like When a Woman Ascends the Stairs at Noon and Ballad of Orin. There will also be screenings which pick up the ‘sensitive male gaze’ as a theme in films by Gulzar, Roman Polanski and Rituparno Ghosh. Also, be prepared for an art exhibition, talks by film personalities like Shabana Azmi and intriguing discussions. Till April 16, Liberty, Marine Lines

This Too

Calcutta Art A solo art exhibition by Amrita Sen, The Fear Book and More, is currently on display. Her art seeks to express the journeys of many lives through a narrative lens. Till April 14, Ganges Art Gallery

And Also

bangalore theatre
Crumby Curly

As quirkily informative and bizarre as it sounds, Deepika Arwind’s first play, A Brief History of Your Hair, is a piece which has been masterfully put toge­ther. It has a mix of common wisdom, like cutting your hair can make it grow faster and a bit of the weird, which tells you that eating bread crusts could make your hair curly. And aside from this mix, the dir­ector seeks to address the gender narratives surrounding the mystical beauty of hair. It also brings to the fore the view of succumbing to the ‘beauty myth’ and the ‘male gaze’ on the part of a woman when she chooses to get rid of facial or body hair. Prepare to be surprised. April 3, Ranga Shankara

chennai music
With Pianomen

The Swarnabhoomi Acad­emy is back with the fus­ion SAM Music Fes­tival, with a global line-up of musicians—Sid Jacobs on the guitar, Spanish vocalist Mili Viz­­c­­a­­ino, Reunion Island bass player Johann Berby, Arg­en­tine pianist Pablo Lapidusas and Bra­z­­ilian drummer Fabio Ber­­g­­amini. Percussionist S. Kar­thick and Sreyas Nara­ya­nun are in the Indian team. April 8, Museum Theatre

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