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In letter and in spirit

art and culture Updated: Jun 12, 2010 00:25 IST
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For once, they are not arranged in a sequence. But the letters still make sense. Poetic sense, we mean. As six graphic designers give a visual form to the ‘· ’s and the ‘àæ’s, Devanagiri turns ‘cool’ and ‘arty’ in most of the 45 frames in at the Mocha Art house.

The letters of the varnamala (alphabets of Devnagiri) turn lyrical, and the varied strokes give them the look and ‘feel’ of an abstract work of art.

Explaining his work, Delhi-based graphic designer Nikheel Aphale says, “The idea is to lend a contemporary edge to what has till now been relegated to the traditional mantras and shlokas.”

Between sips of the apple-carrot-ginger juice, filmmaker Sandhya Kumar, one of the curators for Mocha ArtHouse, says that the art of calligraphy is far from dead. “Every signage around, every font that we use on our computer is originally drawn by hand by a typographer.”

Viewed in that context, the exhibition is a peek into the world of calligraphy, where every cross in the ‘T’ and maatra (vowel sign) in the ‘· è’ is being hand-crafted by an artist somewhere. It’s time to flirt with the fonts.

‘Letter-formative’ is on display at the Mocha Art House, DLF Promenade, Vasant Kunj. Till July 10.


Indian summer, Euro films

HT Correspondent

The fifth European Union Film Festival at the India Habitat Centre and Teen Murti Bhavan features some acclaimed movies. Spanish film La Soledad (Solitude), to be screened on June 13, is the pick of the lot. A terrorist bombing in Madrid changes the lives of Adela, a single mom, and Antonia, a widow. The Age Of Stupid also has an interesting storyline. A future archivist looks at footage of real people around the world in the years leading up to 2015 and why humankind failed to address climate change. Also showing: Het Echte Leven, from the Netherlands, about a director making a film called ‘In Real Life’ and the German Wer früher stirbt, ist länger tot (Grave Decisions) about an 11-year-old boy blaming himself for his mom’s death.

For details, call the EU office: 24629237


Where the rhythm rules

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Gayaki ang ka apna chaav hota hai, lekin layakari se log alag tarah se prabhavit hotein hain, (playing the sarod in the vocal style has its own charm, but the rhythmic patterns affects and appeals to the audience differently,” says sarod exponent Pandit Mukesh Sharma.

A disciple of two legends of Indian classical music Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and Pandit Birju Maharaj among others, Sharma will be playing at The Attic, Connaught Place on Sunday. His performance titled Swaranjali will cover undiluted classical raags, madhuvanti and miya malhaar and a folk rendition from Uttar Pradesh.

Catch his performance tomorrow, Sunday, June 11, at the Attic, 6.30 pm


Framed, funny side up

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In his first solo exhibition, Hindustan Times photojournalist Arijit Sen treads on the lighter side of life. Sen prefers to see the glass half full. “Most people in metropolitan cities suffer from high seriousness. Often we are so caught up in the daily grind that we forget to smile,” he says.

In the show, Sen has captured candid moments that evoked a smile from the newspaper reader. Boys will be boys, for instance, catches a few young members of the Indian cricket team watching a young lady as she bends down to take skipper MS Dhoni’s autograph.

Another frame shows a group of men curious about the contours of the desi people’s car. One of them is getting into the driver’s seat, another checks out the Nano’s boot, while another prostrates to check its ground clearance. It is reminiscent of the story about the blind men and the elephant.

The show is on till June 15 at DLF Place Mall, Saket. For more photos, check out