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A complete dose of Buddhism

An ongoing festival in the Capital brings you films, panel discussions and artworks on Buddhism from all over the world.

art and culture Updated: Apr 28, 2012 00:47 IST
Shreya Ramachandran

If you have ever wondered what Buddhism is all about, then an ongoing Buddhist festival in the city will answer all your questions regarding the religion. The five-day festival, The Inner Path, organised by The Network for Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) and the Devki Foundation, started in the Capital yesterday. It features panel discussions, a photography exhibition and films, which will help you learn everything about Buddhism.
The festival will display films from various countries — Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Afghanistan, America and Argentina. These films showcase the perspectives that the different countries have on Buddhism — from how it originated to what its basic principles are.

“There are so many Buddhist festivals in Singapore and other nations. We thought why not bring this trend to India. This festival would be enjoyed by everyone because it features not only technical aspects like discussions and debates, but also entertaining aspects like films and photographs,” says Aruna Vasudev, founder and president of The Network for Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC).

As far as art exhibitions are concerned, the Art Value is showcasing a collection of paintings and sculptures that visually depict the growth of Buddhism, from the Buddha’s quest for spirituality, to the eight-fold path he proposed after achieving enlightenment. “Buddha to me signifies calmness and serenity, and that is what I try to bring out through my art,” says artist Sanjeet Mahalik.

There is also a photography exhibition, where you can see a collection of 100 photographs by renowned photographer Benoy K. Behl. Titled, The Greatest Journey of Ideas, it is a series of photographs of Buddhist heritage sites and monuments from 19 different countries. “I’ve been travelling around the world to click photos of Buddhist sites to convey the message of compassion that I felt at the Ajanta Caves,” says Behl.

Thins to watch out for at the festival
Films and exhibitions at Azad Bhavan
Argentinian film, A Buddha, Saturday April 28, 11am
Korean film, Come Come Come Upwards, Sunday April 29, 11am
American film, Amongst White Clouds, Sunday April 29, 6pm
Bhutanese film, Brilliant Moon, Tuesday May 1, 4pm
Bhutanese film, Brilliant Moon, Tuesday May 1, 4pm
The Greatest Journey of Ideas — Exhibition of photographs

Catch it here
What: The Inner Path festival
On till: May 1
Timing: 10am to 8.15pm
Where: Azad Bhavan, Indraprastha (IP) Estate
Nearest Metro Station: Indraprashta and Pragati Maidan on the Blue Line