Movie buffs get a taste of Indian culture

Movie buffs in Kathmandu enjoyed a feast of India’s most popular cultural export this April.

world Updated: Aug 08, 2010 23:22 IST
Utpal Parashar
Utpal Parashar
Hindustan Times

Movie buffs in Kathmandu enjoyed a feast of India’s most popular cultural export this April.

A film festival showcasing leading ladies of the Indian silver screen was a breath of fresh air as ties between Nepal and India go through a difficult phase.

Thanks mainly to the Indian Cultural Centre in Kathmandu opened in 2008 to strengthen cultural ties, such events have reinforced similarities between the neighbours.

A talk by Shabana Azmi, Odissi and Kathakali performances and concerts by Nepali and Indian maestros like Gurudev Kamat, Dhruvesh Regmi and Pandit Indu Prakash have added to the friendship flavour.

The most popular event was the film festival where 11 classic films were shown followed by seminars and discussions with director Govind Nihalani and actress-turned-director Nandita Das.

“Our objectives are to promote shared affinities in culture and sensibility, explore and promote local talent and explore new ways of shared concerns,” said Dr Geeti Sen, Director, ICC (Kathmandu).

In the coming days, a photo exhibition, a baul performance and a film workshop and screening of Gautam Ghose’s films will try and address those objectives.

Besides the ICC, other initiatives like BP Koirala India Nepal Foundation and Nepal Bharat Library have also helped build bridges. A Sufi music concert by Ustad Sufi Bawra and a festival on Kabir were warmly received.

“Political turmoil in Nepal has led to some perceived strain in our relations, but the response to our cultural events show that we are good friends on a people-to-people level,” said Apoorva Srivastava, first secretary (press, information and culture) at the Indian embassy.

First Published: Aug 08, 2010 23:12 IST