A convention for the comically inclined
It is one of those rare occasions where one can safely come out of the cave and declare that this city, nay this country, has a comic books culture.
This weekend, comic fans, writers, creators and publishers will gather to be a part of the first Annual Indian Comic Con. There will be something for everybody who has grown up reading stories of mythology and fantasy, bravery and wit, superheroes and fools. All told in a medium that merges art with text.
The event, brainchild of the creator of Random magazine, Jatin Verma, is open to all those who love comic books. The convention features talks, workshops and costume contests. Creators of Amar Chitra Katha to Chacha Choudhary; indie publishers Manta Ray Comics as well as successful comic book artists and writers Vishwajyoti Ghosh and Orijit Sen will be there to tell you the importance of reading comics and dreaming to fly.
Feb 19-20. Dilli Haat. 12 noon onwards. Log on to comicconindia.com
A few hot shorts
The Shamiana Short Films Festival at Habitat World includes Imago, directed by French director De Cedric Babouche, about a boy who grows up dreaming of riding a helicopter. In his old age, he sees the same passion in his grandson.
Also showing: Postman, in Tamil, chronicling the importance of ‘snail mail’ in our lives and Little Shivaji, a hilarious take on the life and times of the one and only Rajnikant.
Habitat Centre. February 19, 7 pm onwards. For details, call 24682222
Notes from the east
Get a taste of the Purab Ang style of singing from Benaras, pioneered by such legendary vocalists as Badi Motibai, Rasoolan Bai, Siddheshwari Devi, Girija Devi and Pandit Channulal Mishra, at the India Habitat Centre from February 22-24. The artistes featuring in the baithaks, hosted by VSK. include, among others, Sucheta Ganguli, Sraboni Chaudhri, Vidisha Mukherji, Suchisree Ray, Anjana Nath and Piu Mukherjee.
Basement, India Habitat Centre. 6.30 pm onward. For details, call 24682222
Down nostalgia lane
Kalachakra-Leh, 1976, is photographer Jasleen’s take on the sacred ceremony conducted by the Dalai Lama in the arid mountains of Ladakh. This was the first ceremony of its kind at a time that Ladakh opened its incredible beauty to the world. This exhibition is a testimony to that historical moment February 23 onwards.
India International Centre.
For details, call: 24609323
Filmmaker Onir’s critically acclaimed directorial debut My Brother Nikhil focused on a gay man’s fight against AIDS and the social taboo associated with homosexuality in India.
This Saturday, Yoda Press will release the film’s screenplay in book form. Join Onir and actor Sanjay Suri at Kunzum Travel Cafe in Hauz Khaz Village in a discussion about the film and the issues it addresses at 3 pm. After that, the screenplay will be launched at Bollywood Blues in Pashchim Vihar.
Call: Yoda Press: 41787201; 26863631