Dancing to her own tune
Bharatnatyam dancer Rini Aich presents a solo recital at India International Centre. The young artist started learning the classical dance form at the age of 4-and-a-half years. She has trained under eminent Bharatnatyam exponent and classical dance choreographer, Padma Shri Guru Kanaka Srinivasan. Aich will be accompanied by her guru, Smt. Kanaka Srinivasan on the nattuvangam, with backing vocals and flute.
July 11, 6:30 pm, at the Auditorium India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate
For details call 24619431
Ode to Rafi
Cultural societies Sakha and Rafi Smriti pay tibute to late playback singer Mohammad Rafi. Biographies of Rafi in Hindi and Urdu titled Meri Aawaz Suno, written by Vinod Viplav and translated to Urdu by Delhi University’s Dr Syed Tanvir Hussain will be released. Singers like Tarlochan Tochi, Lily P Singh, RC Chadha and Arun Goela will be singing Rafi’s songs. There will also be a panel discussion on Rafi’s contribution to the film industry.
July 18, at Epicentre, Sector 44, Gurgaon, For details call 9988778739
Lights! Camera! Action!
Mark Five brings to you one of the most exciting acting and filmmaking experiences designed for aspiring filmmakers. Come and experience an advanced level of film making for the true cinema enthusiasts. Participants will be offered an in-depth knowledge of filmmaking, preparing them as the next generation of actors and filmmakers to backpack as a real professional crew. The current chosen shooting location for ‘Cinema Calling’ is in the wildlife of Jim Corbett National Park.
Participants will be living, working and shooting in the wilderness with many outdoor ventures planned. This session will be combined with fun activities like mid-night screenings, behind the scene making and much more.
July 27 onwards (for 2 months), At 37, Hauz Khas Village, For more details call 9873798874
The land of opportunity
The film The Golden Door tells the tale of the Mancuso family, set at the turn of the 20th century. Family head, Salvatore, a widower, plans to emigrate to America, the land of opportunity, from Sicily. On the way, Salvatore meets Lucy, a British woman who wants to get married before reaching the US. Then they must get through immigration at Ellis Island, where they undergo humiliating physical and psychological examinations.
July 7, At Italian Cultural Centre, 50-E Chandragupta Marg, Chanakyapuri, For details call 26871901
Shin Noyama is in second grade and lives with his family, surrounded by the natural beauty of Rokku prefecture. Shin adopts a puppy and names him Rock. The story revolves around Shin, his family and his dog in the film Wanko by director Isamu Nakae and is being featured at The Japan Foundation as part of a series of Japanese films to be screened this month. Other films in the list include Quartet!, a drama about a family which reconnects through classical music, Haru’s Journey about a woman who must give up caring for her grandfather to follow her own dreams, and Éclair about Akio, a young orphan who finds his own way in the world. Each film will be screened on the weekend.
July 12 to July 21, 6.30 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, The Japan Foundation, New Delhi, 5-A, Ring Road, Lajpat Nagar IV, For more details call 2644-296743681900
Golden jubilee of cinema
Get ready to commemorate 100 years of Indian cinema with India Habitat Centre’s film festival this month. The festival, that will be held towards the end of this month, brings together a pick of the best of the year’s award winning, box-office favourites and critically acclaimed films such as Stanley Ka Dabba, Chillar Party, Vaagai Sooda Vaa etc.
The festival will also be celebrating the work of Waheeda Rehman — one of the top actors of the golden era of Indian cinema — with a retrospective of her films such as Guide, Pyaasa, Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam, Teesri Kasam and Chaudhvi Ka Chand.
Also, don’t miss the first Oscar-winning film from Pakistan, a documentary titled Saving Face on brutal acid attacks. Ashvin Kumar, director of Inshallah Football will engage in a talk with the makers of Saving Face.
July 21-30, India Habitat Centre, visit http://www.habitatfilmclub.com /films.php for the films schedule and further details
Bringing the flavour of West Bengal to north India
Diya is celebrating the delicacies of Eastern India with a food festival dedicated to Bengal this July. Savour the flavours of some zesty Bengali cuisine like Chingri Bhaja, Mutton Kosha, Aloo Posto and Misti Doi to name a few. Alongside, enjoy other delicious regional and continental dishes. The taste of authentic Bengali food can only come from delicious rice main courses, curries, fish dishes, chicken cuisines, pulses, fries, chutneys, Bengali sweets, snacks and many more. A leisurely meal of multiple dihes which require long hours of labour and ingenuity in the kitchen has long been a major part of Bengali culture.
July 1- August 29 7 pm everyday, at The Leela Kempinski, Hotel, Ambience Island, NH - 8, Gurgaon, For more details call 0124-4771255
Gringo Viejo or Old Gringo is a thriller about kidnapping, romance, and the never-ending question of life and death. In the film, school teacher Harriet Winslow is captured in Mexico by revolutionary General Tomas Arroyo. An ageing American writer, Ambrose ‘Old Gringo’ Bierce befriends Arroyo. Both men are attracted to Winslow who eventually gets intimate with the General. All this time, Bierce keeps his identity a secret. Watch what happens when Winslow finds out who the mysterious Old Gringo Bierce really is.
In Spanish with Hindi subtitles, July 8, 4.30 pm, at Instituto Cervantes, 48 Hanuman Road, Connaught Place, For details call 43681900