One for bibliophiles
From screening poetry movies, to hosting musical concerts, Max Mueller Bhavan is ringing in its new library wing in style. Next week, the institute will introduce its readers to futuristic gadgets and multimedia applications. Also, segments such as graphic novels, crime novels and picture books have been added. From September 6-9, it would host a series of cultural events.
These include a reading of Night Music, a translation of German texts compiled by Theodor Adorno and Moments Musicaux, to the accompaniment of piano notes. Another attraction is the Zebra Poetry Film Festival, a forum for short films from Norway, Germany, the Netherlands and Myanmar.
“In its fifth year, the movies being featured this year combine the genres of poetry, film and media art,” says Christiane Lange, deputy director, programming, Literaturwerkstatt Berlin. “The combination of of poetry and film is almost as old as filmmaking itself. One of the oldest that we know is The Unchanging Sea, made in 1910, based on a poem by Charles Kingsley,” adds Lange. Max Mueller Bhavan, 3, KG Marg. For details, call: 011-23471100
Grab a cool book deal
Stop cribbing about the obscene levels that book prices have reached. Instead, this Saturday, head to the British Council Library and return with all those bestsellers you’ve been eyeing for months. With one of the more popular libraries in the city announcing a one-day discount sale of more than 1,800 titles on subjects that range from management, information technology, medicine, lifestyle and sports, book lovers in the city have good reason to abandon their reservations about visiting Connaught Place, dug up in the runup to the Commonwealth Games. British Council, Kasturba Gandhi Marg. For details, call 42199000
Shower power blooms
It’s raining art. Gainda Phool and the Universe of the Monsoon brings together 40 artists for the Monsoon Chapter 5 art show, curated by Himanshu Verma. Modernist painter Manu Parekh says flowers have been one of his favourite motifs. For the show, he has drawn a gainda in full bloom.
“The 30 x 40 inches canvas is in accordance with the theme. The gainda flower has an inimitable Indianness to it,” says the Ahmedabad-born artist. Yuriko Lochan, who has showcased a work titled Mali, says the painting emerged from a visit to Delhi’s flower market with curator Verma.
“The monsoon is its most resplendent on the banks of a river. The subject of my painting was sitting near the Yamuna stringing together a garland. That was a an inspirational moment full of life,” says Lochan. “In the Indian calendar, the monsoon is a four-month-long celebration and for us it takes the form of flower-power Indian-style,” says Verma. Also showing: Seasoned artists Siddartha and Seema Kohli. Till September 12. At Exhibit 320 and Latitude 28, Lado Sarai. For details, call 9818210894.
HT’s culture fest in Noida
To celebrate the launch of Hindustan Times in Noida, the Noida First Festival brings together a brilliant theatre director, a celebrated ghazal singer and a legendary Sufi duo on one platform. Inspired by A R Guerney’s Love Letters, director Feroz Khan’s Tumhari Amrita, which features seasoned actors Shabana Azmi and Farooque Sheikh, is a melancholic chronicle of two people who would not come together and could not stay apart. It is told through the exchange of love letters spanning 35 years between two articulate individuals engaged in constantly shifting priorities.
Enjoy the play on Sunday. On Saturday, listen to Pankaj Udhas, the voice behind such popular ghazals as Chitthi Ayi Hai. On September 10, relish Sufi singing from the Wadali Brothers and the next day watch the play All the Best, directed by Khan. Finally, on Sunday rock with Palash Sen’s Euphoria.
F2 Auditorium, Amity University, Sector 125 Noida. To win passes sms NOIDA<space><name> to 54242