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Delhi swings to the beat of the Osian's

The capital city's cultural spirit once again got a shove from the Osian's Cinefan, writes Sudeshna B Baruah.
None | By Sudeshna B Baruah, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2007 12:17 PM IST

The capital city's cultural spirit once again got a shove from the Osian's Cinefan.

Osian's head Neville Tuli's appeal towards unleashing one's creative zeal without fear or fervour reflected on the undercurrent theme of the nine-day (July 20-29) cinematic experience which has entered its ninth year. Cut and paste, Eye in the Sky, The Last Dining Table, When The Roads Bend are some of the film titles that would treat the movie connoisseurs.

Tuli's urge for an independent cultural infrastructure and appeal to the private sector towards reviving the cultural experience India once enjoyed under the public sector set the mood of the fiesta, inaugurated by Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit.

Rajit Kapoor (of Byomkesh Bakshi fame) as the emcee of the evening kept the capital culturati enthralled with his groovy voice and repartees.

Nostalgia reigned supreme as Dr Aruna Vasudev (president, Osian's Cinefan) went down the memory lane to the genesis of a festival that celebrates the free spirit of creative cinema.

She reiterated as to how the success of the Osian's is a reflection on the fact that Delhi is indeed the cultural capital of the subcontinent.

There were shades of nostalgia too as renowned critic and author Tadao Sato of Japan recollected his first meeting with Dr Vasudev twenty years hence.

The evening saw Mr Sato being conferred the annual Lifetime Achievement Award for promotion of Asian cinema. There were 'unofficial' honours for Mrs Sato too, whom Rajit Kapoor addressed as Mama Sato, as he recounted her hospitality during one of his official visits to Japan.

Veteran theatre director Rosyten Abel's Magic of freedom was again a prelude to the essence of creative freedom. The semi-musical that juxtaposed rock by a female vocalist with magic immersed the culture-buffs in a poppy-induced somnolence.

The global premiere of Babak Shrinshefat's Raami (story of a middle-aged Azerbaijani folk music composer who has spent a decade in a war refugee camp in Sabirabad and then goes looking for his Armenian wife and child, 10 years after the Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.), however, seemed a theme too 'complex' to be absorbed by the Indian culturati, which comprised celebrities like Manisha Koirala, Divya Dutta, Gul Panag and filmmaker Anurag Kashyap (of Black Friday fame) among others.

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