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50th IFFI audio-visual anthem and radio jingle released

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In the run-up to the 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) to be held at Goa from November 20-28, Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting Amit Khare released the IFFI2019 Audio-Visual Anthem here today.
 
A radio jingle to mark the golden jubilee edition of the Festival was also released.
 
Speaking at a press conference, Khare said the anthem highlighted the origin of entertainment. “The objective is to show that the origin of entertainment comes from India which can be traced to the Natya Shastra of India, written more than 2,200 years ago,” he said.
 
The anthem features Geeta Chandran, the noted Bharatanatyam dancer, as one of the creative artists. The conceptualisation of the anthem uses the 9 Rasas (emotions) of Bharata Muni’s Natya Shastra and represents the "spirit of what India stands for".
 
The anthem depicts the emotions through the clippings from IFFI movies that have either been commended or have been screened during IFFI in the last 50 years.
 
The music has been composed by Ricky Kej, an Indian composer who has won many accolades for his music including Grammy Awards. It has been directed and produced by National Film Development Corporation of India for the Directorate of Film Festivals.
 
Among those present at the press conference were members of the Steering Committee of IFFI, Rahul Rawail and other senior officials from the Ministry.
 
The 50th International Film Festival of India will screen around 200 best films from 76 countries, the highest so far in the festival’s history. IFFI is India’s most prestigious festival and is also the first international film festival held anywhere in Asia.
 
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Nita Ambani elected to the Board of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Educationist, philanthropist and businesswoman Nita Ambani has been named an Honorary Trustee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 
 
The announcement was made on Tuesday by Daniel Brodsky, the Museum's Chairman. 
 
Ambani’s election took place at the November 12 meeting of the Board. She is the first Indian to be so honoured.
 
“Mrs Ambani’s commitment to The Met and to preserving and promoting India’s art and culture is truly exceptional.  Her support has an enormous impact on the Museum’s ability to study and display art from every corner of the world. It is a pleasure to welcome Nita Ambani to the Board," Brodsky said.
 
Ambani said, “It has been deeply rewarding for me over the past several years to support The Metropolitan Museum of Art in its desire to expand and enhance its program of exhibiting the arts of India. I have been moved and impressed by The Met’s keen interest, which enables our commitment to seeing Indian art and culture represented on the global platform. This great distinction inspires me to redouble my efforts on behalf of India’s heritage, from the ancient to the contemporary.”
 
Ambani is the founder and chairperson of the Reliance Foundation, an Indian philanthropic organization that has supported The Met since 2016, beginning with the exhibition of Nasreen Mohamedi's works. That presentation was the first museum retrospective of the artist's work in the United States and was also one of The Met Breuer's inaugural exhibitions. 
 
In 2017, the Reliance Foundation committed to support exhibitions that explore and celebrate the arts of India. The first exhibition to benefit from this gift was Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs (October 11, 2017–January 2, 2018), followed by Phenomenal Nature: Mrinalini Mukherjee (June 4–September 29, 2019), which marked the first comprehensive display of Mukherjee’s work in the United States. 
 
Other exhibitions that will benefit from this sponsorship include the upcoming Tree and Serpent: Early Buddhist Art in India, 200 B.C.–A.D. 400, opening November 10, 2020, at The Met Fifth Avenue, along with exhibitions that will cover such topics as 17th-century Mughal art and contemporary Indian sculpture.
 
In 2017, the Museum honoured Ambani at The Met Winter Party, an event celebrating the achievements of those who foster greater diversity and inclusion in the world of art. Ambani is also a member of The Met's International Council.
 
In 2017, Ambani received the prestigious Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Award from the President of India for the work of the Reliance Foundation in the area of sports for development. In 2016, Forbes listed her as one of the 50 most powerful businesswomen in Asia. She is a member of the International Olympic Committee and is the first Indian woman to serve in that role.
 
Reliance Foundation has sponsored key cultural events such as The Elephanta Festival, and Abbaji, the annual concert of master musician Ustad Zakir Hussain, among the many efforts to recognize the cultural legends of India and ensure their relevance to a younger generation. In its initiatives to advance knowledge of Indian arts internationally, the Foundation has supported not only the series of exhibitions at The Met but also presentations such as Gates of the Lord: The Tradition of Krishna Paintings at the Art Institute of Chicago.
 
 
The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in 1870 by a group of American citizens—businessmen and financiers as well as leading artists and thinkers of the day—who wanted to create a museum to bring art and art education to the American people. Today, The Met displays tens of thousands of objects covering 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. The Museum lives in three iconic sites in New York City—The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters. Millions of people also take part in The Met experience online. Since its founding, The Met has always aspired to be more than a treasury of rare and beautiful objects. Every day, art comes alive in the Museum's galleries and through its exhibitions and events, revealing both new ideas and unexpected connections across time and across cultures. 
 
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Specially curated section at 50th IFFI will pay tribute to silent film viewing

The golden jubilee edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), to be held in Goa from November 20-28, will witness a specially curated section which pays tribute to the lost form of silent film viewing.
 
Three classics by three master filmmakers will be showcased. The films are Battleship Potemkin by Russian master filmmaker and pioneer of montage editing Sergei M. Eisenstein, Pandora’s Box by German expressionist master G. W. Pabst and master of suspense and British filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock’s Blackmail.
 
The films will be accompanied by master pianist Jonathan Lindsay Best from the United Kingdom who will be performing live during the screenings of these movies at IFFI.
 
Film as a form originally started as a vaudeville form of entertainment in its nascent stage and at that point, the sound was not a part of it. It was primarily a visual medium which was often an extension of painting or drawing. With the advent of the camera, it became something different. In earlier times, films would be conceptualised as a visual spectacle without any sound.
 
The only sound would be the live music which would accompany a particular film’s screening at a particular place by an esteemed music composer. With the advent of sound in films, this feature of the film viewing experience soon faded out.
 
The 50th IFFI will witness around 200 best films from 76 countries, 26 feature films and 15 non-feature films in Indian panorama section. More than 10,000 people and film lovers are expected to participate in the golden jubilee edition.
 
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Lata Mangeshkar hospitalised for chest congestion; is stable now

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Bollywood playback legend Lata Mangeshkar, who was rushed to a hospital in the early hours of Monday as a "precautionary measure" due to viral chest congestion, is now stable and recovering.
 
"Lata Mangeshkar ji had viral chest congestion. Keeping her age in mind, as a precautionary measure, she has checked in to Breach Candy Hospital in order to ensure antibiotics on time to prevent any more infection. She is stable and recovering," read a statement issued on the singer's behalf.
 
Mangeshkar was admitted in Breach Candy Hospital at around 2 am of Monday. Soon, there were multiple reports doing the rounds suggesting that her condition is critical. Her team has come out to deny all such claims.
 
The iconic singer, who turned 90 on September 28, became a recipent of India's highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna in 2001. She has recorded songs in over 36 Indian languages.
 
Born on September 28, 1929, she has also been honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Award and France's highest civilian award, Officer of the Legion of Honour, besides numerous national and international awards.
 
In 1974, the Guinness Book of Records ranked her as the most recorded artiste in history. She had reportedly sung over 25,000 songs between 1948 and 1974.
 
Mangeshkar, who has been active on social media despite her advancing age, on Sunday wished actress Padmani Kolhapure good luck for the upcoming film "Panipat".
 
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Lata Mangeshkar hospitalised after breathing problem

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Bollywood playback legend Lata Mangeshkar had to be rushed to Breach Candy Hospital here in the early hours of Monday when she complained of breathing problems. She has been admitted to the hospital's intensive care unit, and her condition is said to be critical.
 
Sources at the hospital said she was brought at around 1.30 am on Monday, adding that she had developed pneumonia and left ventricular failure.
 
Mangeshkar turned 90 on September 28. The iconic singer became a recipent of India's highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna in 2001. She has recorded songs in over 36 Indian languages.
 
Born on September 28, 1929, she has also been honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award and France's highest civilian award, Officer of the Legion of Honour, besides numerous national and international awards.
 
In 1974, the Guinness Book of Records ranked her as the most recorded artiste in the history. She had reportedly sung over 25,000 songs between 1948 and 1974.
 
Mangeshkar, who has been active on social media despite her advancing age, on Sunday wished actress Padmani Kolhapure good luck for the upcoming film "Panipat".
 
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NSD's 11th Bal Sangam to showcase folk and traditional performing arts by child artistes

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The National School of Drama ( NSD) has announced that the much-awaited 11th edition of Bal Sangam will be held from November 9-12 on its premises.
 
The festival will showcase traditional performing arts and folk theatre from 12 states of India dedicated to children.
 
Bal Sangam, an outreach programme of Sanskaar Rang Toli (Theatre-in-Education Company), every alternate year, brings forth both the heritage and legacy of traditional art forms and performances. These are presented by children belonging to traditional performing families, Guru Paramparas and institutions across the country.
 
The four-day cultural mela will begin on November 9, five days ahead of the Children's Day with an inaugural performance ‘Rangoli’ by folk and traditional child artistes, choreographed by Bharat Sharma, whose illustrious career spans over three decades.
 
The festival also includes folk dance, martial arts, acrobatics, street play performances. It also features juggling, puppetry and magic shows. Various types of art and craft workshops will also be held.
 
To encourage the eagerness in children for traditional performances, states like Assam, Odisha, Rajasthan, Manipur, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Telangana, Kerala, Gujarat, Punjab, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh will bring to the fore the magic of folk performances and plays.
 
Arjun Deo Charan, Acting Chairman, National School of Drama said, “The festival is an ensemble of various performing traditional art forms that are presented by children. We are proud that the TIE Company has been working hard to make children know about their own culture, traditions and values.”
 
Highlighting the importance of theatre and folk performances, Suresh Sharma, Director-in-Charge, NSD, said, “Theatre and folk performances are a great learning medium for exploring and sensitizing children towards issues.
 
“Such activities and festivals are a wonderful platform to not just perform, but learn, travel and share. NSD believes that theatre makes a person sensitive towards issues and an active participant of society as it boosts powers of communication,” he added.
 
Abdul Latif Khatana, Chief, Theatre-in-Education, said, “Bal Sangam is a confluence of folk and traditional artforms performed by children. When the child artistes imbibe these folk and traditional art forms with the mastery of their art and their innocence then the performance becomes magic.”
 
NSD authorities will be making special arrangements through various NGOs working with underprivileged children and social organisations, to reach out and invite children from the disadvantaged sections.
 
Sanskaar Rang Toli (TIE Co.) of NSD, established on October 16, 1989, has completed 30 years of its existence. It is the only theatre education resource centre in the country and has worked with around 20,000 children till date in various workshops. It consists of a group of actor-teachers working with and performing for children.
 
The major focus of the TIE Company is to perform creative, curriculum-based and participatory plays in schools, specially designed and prepared for children of different age groups.
 
It has held more than 2000 performances in various parts of the country. More than 10 lakh children, apart from college students, teachers, parents and theatre lovers, have witnessed these plays in approximately all the states in the country as well as abroad, including Poland, China, Philippines and Japan.
 
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Italian Film “Despite the Fog” to Open 50th IFFI

The 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will have “Despite the Fog (Nonostante La Nebbia)”, directed by Goran Paskaljevic, one of Europe’s most respected filmmakers, as the opening film.
 
The Asia Premiere of the Italian film depicts the story of Paolo, owner of a restaurant in a small town in the province of Rome, returning home after work on a rainy evening.
 
Along the way he sees a child huddled in the cold at a bus stop and decides to take him home. The child called Mohammed is a refugee, abandoned, who lost his parents during the trip to Italy on a rubber boat.
 
The presence of the child upsets his wife Valeria, hesitant and doubtful at the beginning, but who eventually agrees to host him for the night. After a while, she changes her mind and decides to keep Mohamed despite everybody’s opinion.
 
Goran Paskaljevic is one of Europe's most respected independent directors. Born in Belgrade (Serbia), he studied at the famous Prague school of cinema (FAMU).
 
He has made 30 documentaries and 18 feature films, shown and acclaimed at the most prestigious international film festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Toronto, San Sebastian, to name a few. The renowned filmmaker has received numerous awards and honours for his acclaimed works.
 
In 2001, Variety International Film Guide marked Paskaljevic as one of the world's top five directors of the year. The Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA) in 2008 and the British Film Institute (London) in 2010, both presented a full retrospective of his feature films, along with the publication of a monograph in English about his work.
 
He was awarded the title of Officier des Arts et des Lettres, the most important French decoration in the field of culture.
 
2019 marks the 50th year of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which is often counted amongst one of the earliest film festivals of the Asian continent. The festival will witness over 200 best films from 76 countries, 26 feature films and 15 non-feature films in the Indian panorama section. More than 10,000 people and film lovers are expected to participate in the golden jubilee edition.
 
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Agra to host its first-ever international film festival

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Films from 10 countries across the world will be showcased at the first-ever "Global Taj International Film Festival" in Agra from November 15 to 17.
 
Festival director Suraj Tiwari, whose maiden directorial venture "I am Zero" was widely appreciated, told IANS: "We have received entries from some 10 countries till now. The final screening will have films from India and six other counties. These short films, animations, documentaries and music videos are based on contemporary concerns and social causes."
 
The jury will make the final selection for awards in different categories. In addition, an award honouring Dada Saheb Phalke and another dedicated to Dada Saheb's wife Saraswatibai, the first female technician of India, will be given to a female technician every year, starting this year for contribution to Indian cinema.
 
Tiwari said during the three-day festival, a large number of film producers, representative of various production houses, writers, actors from different countries will visit the Taj city.
 
"In the foreign films category Rajibul from Bangladesh, documentary of Navneet from UK, film of Murjani from Canada, film of Yuvi from Switzerland, film of L.D.N from France and films from all states of India are going to be screened," said the organisers.
 
Actor Raza Murad will inaugurate the film festival, and the opening speech will be delivered by Dada Saheb Phalke's grandson Chandrasekhar. Festival will have a master talk show by Sushma Siromani, a cinematography workshop by Vipin Goje and other special programmes by lyricist and writer Sudhakar Sharma. The curtain-raiser of the festival will be opened by Bollywood writer Manoj Santoshi.
 
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IFFI announces films in Festival Kaleidoscope section

The 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) has announced the list of films to be screened in Festival Kaleidoscope, one of the most important sections of the event.
 
Every year, films from across the world make their mark in the minds of the festival audience with their outstanding calibre in terms of their craft, unique content and brilliance in filmmaking.
 
Some of the films that have already generated a lot of buzz in international circuits are ‘Parasite’, ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’, ‘Synonyms’ and a lot more.
 
Festival Kaleidoscope section of 50th IFFI brings under one umbrella exotic films from around the world for the film aficionados who will flock the festival at Goa. The section showcases 20 films handpicked and curated from various parts of the world which have already generated a lot of positive word about them in other film festivals across the globe.
 
The Palme d’Or Best Film winner of Cannes, ‘Parasite,’ directed by Bong Joon-ho, the top film of the year will have its India Premiere at the IFFI.
 
The other films in this section include Venice Film Festival Horizon Award Best Actor winner ‘A Son’ by Mehdi Barsaoui, India Premiere of ‘And Then We Danced’ by Levan Akin which had won 9 international awards, Cannes Jury Prize winner ‘Bacurau’ co-directed by Juliano Dornelles and Kleber Mendonça Filho with 9 international awards.
 
The section will also have India Premiere of Locarno Film Festival winner ‘Echo’ by Rúnar Rúnarsson, India Premiere of Silver Berlin Bear Best Director winner ‘I was at Home’ by Angela Schanelec, India Premiere of ‘La belle époque’ by Nicolas Bedos, India Premiere of ‘Lara’ by Jan Ole Gerster, Cannes Best Actress winner ‘Little Joe’ by Jessica Hausner,
 
It will feature India Premiere of Karlovy Vary Crystal Globe Best Director winner ‘Patrick’ by Tim Mielants, India Premiere of Silver Berlin Bear Best Screenplay winner ‘Piranhas’ by Claudio Giovannesi, India Premiere of Cannes Best Screenplay winner ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ by Céline Sciamma, Sundance Film Festival Audience award winner with 9 international awards, ‘Queen of Hearts’ by May el-Toukhy,
 
The section will have India Premiere of Berlin Silver Bear Best Actor and Actress winner ‘So Long My Son’  by Xiaoshuai Wang, India Premiere of Serbian film ‘Stitches’ with 10 international awards directed by Miroslav Terzic, Golden Berlin Bear Best Film winner ‘Synonyms’ by Nadav Lapid.
 
It will feature the most sought after film of the year ‘System Crasher’ with 10 international awards by Nora Fingscheidt, ‘Tremors’ by Jayro Bustamante, India Premiere of Crystal Globe Best Film winner at Karlovy Vary Film Festival ‘The Father’ by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov and India Premiere of Venice FIPRESCI Prize winner ‘Blanco en blanco’ directed by Théo Court.
 
This year marks the 50th year of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which is often counted among the earliest film festivals of the Asian continent. The 50th International Film Festival of India, 2019 will witness more than 200 best films from 76 countries.
 
It will have 26 feature films and 15 non-feature films in Indian Panorama section and more than 10,000 people and film lovers are expected to participate in the golden jubilee edition.
 
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UNESCO designates 66 new Creative Cities including Hyderabad and Mumbai

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On the occasion of World Cities’ Day today, UNESCO designated 66 urban settlements, including Hyderabad and Mumbai in India, that will join the organization’s network of Creative Cities.
 
The network, which now numbers a total of 246 members, brings together cities that base their development on creativity, whether in music, arts and folk crafts, design, cinema, literature, digital arts or gastronomy.
 
UNESCO creative cities commit to placing the culture at the centre of their development strategies and to share their best practices.
 
“All over the world, these cities, each in its way, make culture the pillar, not an accessory, of their strategy,” said UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay.
 
“This favours political and social innovation and is particularly important for the young generations,” he added.
 
On October 31, UNESCO and officials from 24 cities around the world celebrate World Cities Day mobilizing the Organization’s different urban networks which focus not only on culture but also on access, inclusion, global citizenship education, defence of rights, economics and employment, as well as climate change prevention and resilience.
 
The celebration, an occasion for “urban dialogues” will showcase exceptional cities that rely on innovation and collective intelligence to shape their future.
 
In the framework of a partnership between UNESCO and Netexplo Observatory, the celebration will also recognize ten cities which use state of the art technological innovation at the service of citizens to transform cities around the world sustainably.
 
Relying on a global network of 20 universities, ten cities will be honoured for their innovative use of digital technology in their socio-economic and environmental development.
 
While Hyderabad has been selected for gastronomy, Mumbai gets the honour for films. 
 
The other new members are: Afyonkarahisar (Turkey) – Gastronomy; Ambon (Indonesia) – Music; Angoulême (France) – Literature; Areguá (Paraguay) – Crafts and Folk Art; Arequipa (Peru) – Gastronomy; Asahikawa (Japan) – Design; Ayacucho (Peru) – Crafts and Folk Art;
 
Baku (Azerbaijan) – Design; Ballarat (Australia) – Crafts and Folk Art; Bandar Abbas (Iran [Islamic Republic of]) – Crafts and Folk Art; Bangkok (Thailand) – Design; Beirut (Lebanon) – Literature; Belo Horizonte (Brazil) – Gastronomy; Bendigo (Australia) – Gastronomy; Bergamo (Italy) – Gastronomy; Biella (Italy) – Crafts and Folk Art;
 
Caldas da Rainha (Portugal) – Crafts and Folk Art; Cebu City (Philippines) – Design; Essaouira (Morocco) – Music; Exeter (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) – Literature; Fortaleza (Brazil) – Design; Hanoi (Vietnam) – Design; Havana (Cuba) – Music;
 
Jinju (Republic of Korea) – Crafts and Folk Art; Kargopol (Russian Federation) – Crafts and Folk Art; Karlsruhe (Germany) – Media Arts; Kazan (Russian Federation) – Music; K?r?ehir (Turkey) – Music; Kuhmo (Finland) – Literature; Lahore (Pakistan) – Literature;
 
Leeuwarden (Netherlands) – Literature; Leiria (Portugal) – Music; Lliria (Spain) – Music; Mérida (Mexico) – Gastronomy; Metz (France) – Music; Muharraq (Bahrain) – Design; Mumbai (India) – Film; Nanjing (China) – Literature;
 
Odesa (Ukraine) – Literature; Overstrand Hermanus (South Africa) – Gastronomy; Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago) – Music; Portoviejo (Ecuador) – Gastronomy; Potsdam (Germany) – Film; Querétaro (Mexico) – Design; Ramallah (Palestine) – Music; San José (Costa Rica) – Design; Sanandaj (Iran [Islamic Republic of]) – Music; Santiago de Cali (Colombia) – Media Arts;
 
Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) – Music; Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) – Film; Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) – Crafts and Folk Art; Slemani (Iraq) – Literature; Sukhothai (Thailand) – Crafts and Folk Art; Trinidad (Cuba) – Crafts and Folk Art;
 
Valladolid (Spain) – Film; Valledupar (Colombia) – Music; Valparaíso (Chile) – Music; Veszprém (Hungary) – Music; Viborg (Denmark) – Media Arts; Viljandi (Estonia) – Crafts and Folk Art; Vranje (Serbia) – Music; Wellington (New Zealand) – Film; Wonju (Republic of Korea) – Literature; Wroc?aw (Poland) – Literature; Yangzhou (China) – Gastronomy.
 
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India's first drive-a-thon is here

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India's first do-gooder festival cum Drive-a-thon festival is here! It starts with a road trip covering five Indian cities -- Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Delhi -- and ends with a two-day music and food festival.
 
Called Mahindra Open Drive, the festival will be held on November 8-9 at Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium, Taleigao, Goa.
 
It aims to bring together people from diverse cultural backgrounds to form a tribe of goodness and celebration whilst also being able to contribute to a good cause.
 
Speaking about the event, Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra Group said, "While the automotive industry is seeing changing ownership models for personal mobility, it is our belief that vehicles used to enjoy drives and the open outdoors will always be in demand. Families, groups of friends or individuals will always want to take a break from their hectic lives and head out into the countryside. It is this aspect of mobility we had in mind while conceptualising Mahindra Open Drive."
 
According to Jay Shah, Vice President, Cultural Outreach, Mahindra Group: "It offers an opportunity to celebrate life with its newest festival. This has been conceived for the city goer who needs to break away from the humdrum for a weekend filled with adventure, music, and positive vibes. While the 'drive" refers to the suggested way to come to the festival, it also refers to the positive emotion of being motivated to do good, to be driven."
 
The festival will feature a mix of international and local artistes including headliners Chico and The Gypsies who will accompany world and folk music sensations Raghu Dixit, Harouna Samake, Brooklyn Funk Essentials, and Nikhil D'Souza.
 
Brooklyn Funk Essentials, who will be performing in India for the first time said, "We just released a brand new album, from which we will be playing a selection of funky party jams at Mahindra Open Drive. But we will, of course, also be playing the old hits from our previous albums. We like to get straight into the party mode with happy dance tracks, and build up the show as we go along, including some improvisation and jamming, depending on the mood of the day/night."
 
"We really like artistes like Anoushka Shankar, Swarthy Korwar and Delhi Sultanate. It would be great to collaborate with people like them in the future," says Brooklyn Funk Essentials
 
It will also comprise a souk - showcasing local artisan-crafted products, an exhibition of Goa's culture, performances by international artists, installation artists, and a local and international cuisine feast.
 
The trip will have pit stops along the way (from each of the 5 cities of origin) that contain stimulating activities to the final culmination at the two-day culture fest in Goa.
 
Entries are by invitation only.
 
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50th edition of IFFI to focus on Asian Films

The 50th edition of the International Film Festival of Indai (IFFI), to be held in Goa from November 20-28, will present a specially curated section comprising some of the new and dynamic films that have made their mark from across various Asian countries and filmmakers.
 
Counted among the earliest film festivals of the Asian continent, IFFI is called the "Soul of Asia".
 
Films to be showcased in this section include Chinese films, ‘Feelings to Tell’ by Wen LI, ‘Summer is the Coldest Season’ by Sun Zhou, ‘The Fourth Wall’ co-directed by Zhang Chong and Bo Zhang, Japanese film ‘Ten Years Japan’, Taiwanese film ‘Ten Years Taiwan’, ‘The Other Half’ directed by Lalith Rathnayake from Sri Lanka and ‘Wet Season’ directed by Anthony Chen and co-produced by Singapore and Taiwan.
 
Among these, ‘Ten Years Japan’ and ‘Ten Years Taiwan’ are omnibus films that started with the Ten Years series in 2015. These reflect how young directors from the respective countries envision their immediate surroundings in a decade’s time and is a wonderful depiction of the dark times ahead.
 
These films celebrate the dynamic and bold efforts in filmmaking from various Asian countries in this section. The 50th IFFI will honour these filmmakers on one platform which serves as the bridge between films and audiences from around the world and open new vistas in terms of cinephilia.
 
IIFI 2019 will screen more than 200 best films from 76 countries, 26 feature films and 15 non-feature films in Indian panorama section. Around 10,000 people and film lovers are expected to participate in the golden jubilee edition.
 
As IFFI is celebrating its Golden Jubilee edition, 12 prominent films in different languages that have completed 50 years in 2019, will be showcased during the festival.
 
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Oscar Retrospective to be held at 50th IFFI

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On the occasion of the 50th year of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), the festival will have a special section which celebrates some of the most outstanding films which have won the Best Film award at the Academy Awards also known as the Oscars.
 
The section has been named as the Oscar Retrospective. The films to be showcased in this section include Casablanca by Michael Curtiz, Gone With the Wind by Victor Fleming, Ben Hur and The Best Years of our Lives by William Wyler, All About Eve by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and Lawrence of Arabia by David Lean.
 
It also has The Sound of Music by Robert Wise, The Godfather by Francis Ford Coppola, The Silence of the Lambs by Jonathan Demme, and Forrest Gump by Robert Zemeckis.
 
All these films have not only won the Best Film award but also had been nominated in other categories at the Oscars and have among them won quite a number of awards.
 
"IFFI always has been a platform that celebrates films from across the world and the festival take this opportunity to pay humble respect to some of the classics of all time made by some of the most respected names of the Hollywood industry," an official press release said.
 
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Tamil superstar Vijay's Diwali release 'Bigil' crosses Rs 100 crore in 3 days

Tamil superstar Vijay (File photo: IANS)
Tamil superstar Vijay (File photo: IANS)
Tamil superstar Vijay's Diwali release, "Bigil", has crossed the Rs 100-crore mark worldwide in just three days since release.
 
The film, directed by Atlee Kumar, is the big Tamil release of the ongoing festive season.
 
Industry tracker and columnist Sreedhar Pillai tweeted: "#Bigil does it in style in super fast time, crosses 100 cr worldwide in 3 days! Extraordinary! Phenomenal! #ThalapathyVijay @Atlee_dir @Ags_production @archanakalpathi."
 
Trade analyst and film critic Ramesh Bala wrote on Twitter: "#Bigil has taken more than 100 crs+ Opening at the WW Box Office.. Congrats #Thalapathy @actorvijay, #Nayanthara."
 
Vijay is known as Thalapathy to Tamil fans and the film continues his winning streak at the box-office. Incidentally, this is his third release with Atlee after "Theri" and "Mersal". With both earlier films emerging blockbusters, Vijay fans hope "Bigil" will repeat the box-office feat.
 
"Bigil" is a sports action film that has Vijay in dual roles as father and son. As the father, he plays a local don and as the son he is the coach of a women's football team. The actor underwent training for the coach's character.
 
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IFFI to retrace its journey through Golden Peacock Retrospective

The 50th International Film Festival of India scheduled to be held from November 20-28 in Goa will have a Retrospective of Golden Peacock Award-winning films of the past 49 years.
 
The curated section that retraces the journey of IFFI will showcase eight films from eight countries opening with Gamperaliya directed by Lester James Peries, the first Golden Peacock Award winner of 1965.
 
‘At Five in the Afternoon’, directed by Samira Makhmalbaf, Indian film ‘Moner Manush’ by Goutam Ghose, ‘Porfirio’ by Alejandro Landes, ‘The Bostonians’ by James Ivory, Chinese film ‘The King of Masks’ by Tian Ming Wu, Kazhak film ‘Tulpan’ by Sergei Dvortsevoy, and ‘Leviathan’ directed by Andrey Zvyaginstev are the other films included in the programme.
 
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Deepika Padukone to bring alive Draupadi from 'Mahabharat' on big screen

File photo of Deepika Padukone.
File photo of Deepika Padukone.
"Mahabharat" is set to be made from Draupadi's point of view, and actress Deepika Padukone will play the central character. She has teamed up with producer Madhu Mantena and will be producing the film too.
 
Deepika turned producer with "Chhapaak", a film inspired by the life of acid attack survivor, Laxmi Agarwal. Her second production, "Mahabharat", will be seen through the eyes of Draupadi which will give a fresh take on the mythological tale.
 
"I'm absolutely thrilled and honoured to be essaying the role of Draupadi. I truly believe that it is the role of a lifetime. While the 'Mahabharat' is popularly known for its mythological tales and cultural influence, many of life's lessons are also derived from the 'Mahabharat' but most often from its men. Telling it with this fresh and new perspective will not only be interesting but also very significant," Deepika said.
 
It will be made in a series of parts with the first one slated to release in Diwali 2021.
 
Mantena said: "While we have all consumed the 'Mahabharat' all our lives, the uniqueness of our film is seeing the same story from the point of view of Draupadi, who is one of the most significant heroines in our country's cultural history.
 
"And Deepika is not just the biggest Indian actress today, but someone who can take this narrative across borders. If it weren't with her, we would not be making this film on such an ambitious scale."
 
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50th IFFI releases list of 14 films for open-air screenings at 2 venues

The 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) has announced the films in Open Air Screening section of the festival with14 movies including Hindi film classics ‘Padosan’ and ‘Chalti ka Naam Gaadi’  to be screened at two venues.
 
IFFI, Goa is celebrating its Golden Jubilee Edition from November 20-28. Every year IFFI organises open-air screenings to bring the best of cinematic experience to cine enthusiasts.
 
The theme of the open-air screenings for 50th IFFI will be ‘The Joy of Cinema’. Select movies from the comedy and related genre (including classic comedies of all time) and the Indian Panorama section will be screened.
 
This year, the screenings will be organised at two venues - Joggers Park (Altinho, Panjim) and Miramar Beach, Panjim. Jogger’s Park will screen movies on comedy and related genres and Miramar Beach will screen select movies of the Indian Panorama section.
 
Open Air Screenings will be open to everyone and will not require any registration. The entry would be free for all.
 
The list of movies to be screened at Jogger’s Park are Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958); Padosan (1968); Andaz Apna Apna (1994); Hera Pheri (2000); Chennai Express (2013); Badhaai Ho (2018); and Total Dhamaal (2019).
 
The list of movies to be screened at Miramar Beach are Nachom-ia Kumpasar (Konkani); Super 30 (Hindi); Anandi Gopal (Marathi); Uri: The Surgical Strike (Hindi); Hellaro (Gujarati); Gully Boy (Hindi); and F2 – Fun and Frustration (Telugu).
 
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Sreekumar Menon says will cooperate with police on actress Manju Warrier's complaint

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Manju Warrier
Malayalam filmmaker Sreekumar Menon on Tuesday assured actress Manju Warrier that he will cooperate with the police on her complaint against him. In a Facebook post, Menon said he came to know about her complaint from friends and the media.
 
"Soon after you gave the complaint against me, I was flooded with calls from the media. I wish to state that I am a law-abiding citizen and an ordinary person. I assure that I will cooperate with the police against your complaint and will tell them truthfully everything that I know about you," said Menon.
 
Warrier, also the first wife of superstar Dileep, had on Monday submitted a complaint with Kerala Police chief Loknath Behra alleging that Menon was trying to defame her and that she feared for her life. She also submitted digital evidence in support of her accusations. Behra has handed over her complaint to a special cell for preliminary investigation.
 
Menon has directed Warrier in Mohanlal-starrer 'Odiyan' as well as several advertisements films. In his Facebook post, he pointed out how he had been instrumental in Warrier's success in the Malayalam film industry.
 
"Over the years because of you, several big people became my enemies and with the passage of time, such people are now your friends, while they continue to have enmity towards me. This may be incidental," asked Menon.
 
"The loss I suffered across all fronts because I was your friend and helped you and besides that, all the success you enjoyed with my help, I feel you have forgotten all that in a jiffy," he added.
 
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IFFI announces five films in Debut Competition including Steven Oritt’s ‘My Name is Sara’

The 50th International Film Festival of India has announced five films for its Debut Competition section, including American Producer-Director Steven Oritt’s ‘My Name is Sara’, based on the true life-story of Sara Góralnik, a 13-year-old Polish Jew whose entire family was killed by Nazis in 1942.
 
The festival, which has been a launchpad to several filmmakers over the past 50 years, aims at bringing the best first-time filmmakers of the year in this section. The golden jubilee edition of the festival will be held from November 20-28 in Goa.
 
Algerian film ‘Abou Leila’ directed by Amin Sidi-Boumedine, Korean film Romang by LEE Chang-Geun, Romanian film ‘Monsters’ by Marius Olteanu and female filmmaker Eva Cool’s ‘Cleo’ are the other films in the Debut Competition this year.
 
The National Award-winning film, ‘Hellaro’ by Abhishek Shah and Malayalam film, ‘Uyare’ by Manu Ashokan, are the Indian films competing for the Award for the Best Debut feature film of a director at 50th IFFI.
 
The award carries Silver Peacock, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs 10,000,00 to be given to a feature film that reflects a new paradigm in motion pictures in terms of aesthetics, technique or technological innovation.
 
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50th IFFI: 15 films from 20 countries to compete for Golden Peacock Award

John Bailey, cinematographer and former President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences will chair the International Jury of 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) that will be held in Goa from November 20-28.
 
French filmmaker Robin Campillo who was also a member of the Cannes International Jury 2019, noted Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yang and Lynne Ramsay, who is one of the leading lights of young British cinema, will be the co-jurors, an official press release said here.
 
Filmmaker Ramesh Sippy is the Indian member in the International Jury.
 
The Golden Jubilee edition of IFFI has the best lot of 15 films representing 20 countries competing for the coveted Golden Peacock Award.
 
The selection has been made from more than 700 entries.  Pema Tseden’s Balloon (China), Ali Aydin’s Chronology (Turkey), Andreas Horvath’s Lillian (Austria), Wagner Moura’s Marighella (Brazil), Hans Petter Moland’s Out Stealing Horses (Norway|Sweden|Denmark), Blaise Harrison’s Particles (France|Switzerland), Gregor Bozic’s Stories from the Chestnut Woods (Slovenia), Yosep Anggi Noen’s The Science of Fictions(Indonesia | Malaysia | France), Erdenebileg Ganbold’s  Steed (Mongolia), Kristóf Deák’s Hungarian Film Captives and Ben Rekhi’s Philippines film Watch List are in competition.
 
Films from female filmmakers in the competition section include Sophie Deraspe’s Antigone and Mahnaz Mohammadi’s Son-Mother.  Marathi film Mai Ghat: Crime No. 103/2005 directed by Ananth Narayan Mahadevan and Malayalam film Jallikattu directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery are the two Indian films competing at 50th IFFI.
 
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Golden jubilee edition of IFFI to showcase around 250 films

The 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), 2019, that will be held in Goa from November 20-28, will showcase more than 200 films from 76 countries as well as 26 feature films and 15 non-feature films in the Indian Panorama section.
 
About  10,000 film lovers are expected to participate in the golden jubilee edition of the festival, Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar said here today.
 
He said that 12 prominent films in different languages that have completed 50 years in 2019 will also be screened during the festival.
 
Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who was recently chosen for the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award, will be honoured at the festival for his contribution to cinema through a package of his impactful and entertaining films.
 
Indian Panorama is a flagship section of IFFI, which showcases the best of contemporary Indian feature and non-feature films of the year. This year, the feature film jury  was headed by acclaimed filmmaker and screenwriter Priyadarshan. The jury has chosen Gujarati film Hellaro, directed by Abhishek Shah, as the opening feature film of Indian Panorama 2019.
 
The non-feature jury was headed by well-known documentary filmmaker Rajendra Janglay. The jury has selected the film “Nooreh”, directed by Ashish Pandey, as the opening non-feature film of Indian Panorama 2019.
 
The following is the list of films selected for Indian Panorama 2019:
 
1. Kenjira (Paniya)  --  Manoj Kana
2. Tujhya Aaila (Marathi) -- Sujay Sunil Dahake
3. Anandi Gopal (Marathi) -- Sameer Sanjay Vidwans
4. Bhonga (Marathi) --  Shivaji Lotan Patil
5. Mai Ghat:Crime No 103/2005 (Marathi) -- Ananth Narayan  Mahadevan
6. Pareeksha (Hindi) -- Prakash Jha
7. Oththa Seruppu Size 7 (Tamil) -- Radhakrishnan Parthiban
8. Nirban (Bengali) -- Gautam Halder
9. Kolaambi (Malayalam) -- T K Rajeev Kumar
10. Jyeshthoputro (Bengali) -- Kaushik Ganguly
11. Ek Je Chhilo Raja (Bengali) -- Srijit Mukherji
12. Ranganayaki (Kannada) -- Dayal Padmanabhan
13. Netaji (Irula) -- Vijeesh Mani
14. Uyare (Malayalam) -- Manu Ashokan
15. Jallikettu (Malayalam) -- Lijo Jose Pellissery
16. Iewduh (Khasi/Garo) -- Pradip Kurbah
17. Photo-Prem (Marathi)  -- Aditya Rathi &Gayatri Patil
18. House Owner (Tamil) -- Lakshmy Ramakrishnan
19. Bahattar  Hoorain (Hindi) -- Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan
20. In The Land Of Poison Women (Pangchenpa) -- Manju Borah
21. Hellaro (Gujarati) --  Abhishek Shah
22. Uri : The Surgical Strike (Hindi) -- Aditya Dhar
23. F2 (Telugu) -- Anil Ravipudi
24. Gully Boy (Hindi) -- Zoya Akhtar
25. Super 30 (Hindi) -- Vikash Bahl
26. Badhaai Ho (Hindi) -- Amit Ravindernath Sharma
 
Non-Feature Films
1. Bohubritta (Assamese) -- Utpal Dutta
2. Bouma (Bengali) -- Debatma Mandal
3. Mamatva (Brij) -- Kirti
4. Letters (English) -- Nitin Shingal
5. A Thankless Job (English) -- Vicky Barmecha
6. Elephants Do Remember (English) -- Swati Pandey, Manohar Singh Bisht & Viplove Rai Bhatia
7. Bridge (Hindi) -- Bikramjit Gupta
8. Maya (Hindi) -- Vikas Chandra
9. Sathyarthi (Hindi) -- Pankaj Johar
10. Nooreh (Kashmiri) -- Ashish Pandey
11. Shabdhikunna Kalpa (Malayalam) -- Jayaraj
12. Iravilum Pakalilum Odiyan (Malayalam) -- Novin Vasudev
13. Gadhul (Marathi) -- Ganesh Shivaji Shelar
14. Son Rise (Hindi) -- Vibha Bakshi
15. The Secret Life of Frogs (English) -- Ajay Bedi & Vijay Bedi
 
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Artist A Ramachandran’s 27-day Kochi show to begin on October 5

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A Ramachandran
Select paintings and sculptures of world-renowned artist A Ramachandran will be on display at a 27-day exhibition hosted by the Kerala Lalithakala Akademi (KLA) here from October 5-31, with a focus on the octogenarian’s latest works.
 
The show, titled ‘The Mahatma and the Lotus Pond’, in Ernakulam will feature 91 works of the master. The event, coinciding with the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, is being organised by Delhi’s Vadehra Art Gallery (VAG) and curated by art scholar R Siva Kumar.
 
The venue will be the KLA-owned Durbar Hall Gallery, which had held in 2013 Ramachandran’s first-ever exhibition in his state. The artist-author, born in Attingal near Thiruvananthapuram, is a Padma Bhushan awardee living in Delhi for more than half a century, after having done his studies at the famed Santiniketan in West Bengal.
 
Lotus ponds have been a recurring theme in Ramachandran’s works since the mid-1980s, and the Kochi show will feature the latest in that series during the past three years. It will also feature a sculpture of Gandhi that the artist did in 2016, according to Prof Siva Kumar of Santiniketan.
 
“The journey of a serious artist like Ramachandran is a constantly evolving project,” notes the curator. “In a sense, it is incremental growth in his depth of engagement and enrichment of the original ideas rather than dramatic shifts that mark his work.”
 
Overall, the exhibition will have eight oil paintings, 56 watercolour-on-paper, 25 drawings and two sculptures.
 
 VAG’s earlier Ramachandran show in Kochi was in August 2013, when the gallery had brought 100 of his ‘Selected Works from 1964-2013’, with Prof Siva Kumar as the curator.
 
The Monsoon wind; Oil on canvas by A. Ramachandran; 78” x 192”; 2019
The Monsoon wind; Oil on canvas by A. Ramachandran; 78” x 192”; 2019
Ramachandran, 84, did his Masters in Malayalam literature before leaving for West Bengal in 1957 to pursue the study of art at Visva-Bharati University under masters such as Ramkinkar Baij, Nandalal Bose and Benodebehari Mukherjee.
 
The artist shifted to Delhi in 1964, and went on to teach at Jamia Millia Islamia in the national capital for 27 years before taking voluntary retirement. In 2002, he was elected a Fellow at the Lalit Kala Akademi.
 
The next year, he was awarded the Raja Ravi Varma Puraskaram and, in 2005, conferred the country’s third-highest civilian honour, Padma Bhushan.
 
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Veteran actor Viju Khote passes away

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Viju Khote, veteran actor of Marathi and Hindi films and the stage, passed away early Monday morning, family sources said. 
 
He was 78 and is survived by his sister Shubha Khote, who is also an actor.
 
Renowned for comedy roles, Viju was famed for the evergreen lines: "Kitne Aadmi The?", "Do, Sarkar" from the film "Sholay" in which he played dacoit Gabbar Singh's bumbling sidekick Kaalia.
 
In a career spanning around six decades, Khote worked in over 300 films, including "Phir Hera Pheri" and "Andaz Apna Apna," besides some television shows and ads.
 
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NFAI discovers 30 film reels of unedited footage of Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi
The National Film Archive of India (NFAI) has discovered 30 reels of unedited footage on Mahatma Gandhi that includes immersion of Gandhiji’s ashes in Madras and Rameshwaram.
 
The 35mm celluloid footage, unedited and stock shots with title cards in between, are taken by several prominent film studios of the time, such as Paramount, Pathe, Warner, Universal, British Movietone and Wadia Movietone.
 
“It is indeed a very wonderful discovery for NFAI, coming at a time when the entire world is celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. There seem to be some rare footages in this collection while many visuals are now part of available short films and documentaries. Some of these shots have been used but some visuals seem unique,” NFAI Director Prakash Magdum said.
 
The major highlight of the discovery is rare half-an-hour footage that has visuals of a special train carrying Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes from Madras to Rameshwaram. The stunning visuals show thousands of people thronging stations like Chettinad, Sivaganga, Chidambaram, Manamadurai junction, Ramnad and Pudukkottai junctions in Tamil Nadu, with folded hands and tears in eyes to have a glimpse of the urn carrying the Mahatma’s ashes.
 
The footage has visuals of a sea of humanity present at what looks like Marina beach in the then Madras city, jostling with each other carrying flags and banners to pay their last respects to the Mahatma.
 
The train stops at major stations for people to pay their tribute culminating in the journey at Rameshwaram, with several important politicians from Tamil Nadu taking part in the immersion ceremony.
 
A visual showing Manilal Gandhi seems to be a rare one from the collection. He was the second son of Mahatma Gandhi and served as the editor of ‘Indian Opinion’ a Gujarati-English weekly publication, at Phoenix, Durban in South Africa. There is a title card ‘Mahatma Gandhi’s Son’ while showing the visuals of Manilal Gandhi at an airport.
 
Another important footage shows Mahatma’s South India tour and Harijan Yatra in January-February 1946. The film, by Projection of India Pictures, shows the visuals of Gandhi at Manapparai Railway junction and then proceeding to visit prominent temples including the Meenakshi-Sundareswarar temple at Madurai, the Subramania shrine in Palani and those in Kumbakonam.
 
The visuals also show the Mahatma attending the silver jubilee celebration of Dakshin Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha at Madras along with C Rajagopalachari.
 
The collection has a reel that showcases Mahatma and Kasturba engaged in various activities at Sevagram Ashram in Wardha, Maharashtra. There are visuals of Mahatma keenly taking part in tree plantation, serving the patients and in ploughing the field with a machine. An endearing visual shows Kasturaba feeding a cow in the Ashram.
 
Another reel in the collection has the entire footage of the Mahatma’s voyage onboard the ship SS Rajaputana to England to attend the Second Round Table Conference. It has candid shots of the Mahatma spinning yarn on the deck, looking through binoculars, shaving, smiling, playing with children and at one point taking control of the ship with the Captain beside him!
 
There are visuals of the Mahatma’s visit to Ahmedabad, Porbandar and Rajkot including raw footage of his empty house, the school he attended and the library register showing his name! The footage contains the Mahatma attending the annual programme of Shri Shivaji College somewhere in Maharashtra.
 
The collection has visuals of his last days including those from the period just after his death, close-ups of his body and blood-stained clothes, newspaper reports of the day, Birla House, people thronging to have a darshan and the procession to Raj Ghat.
 
There are several close-up shots of the Mahatma including some candid moments captured on camera. In one scene, the Mahatma is seen sharing a good laugh with an English gentleman in a train and at one moment he keeps his hand on the mouth of his fellow traveller.
 
In another shot, the Mahatma is seen taking a stroll on a beach and enjoying it. One visual shows him keenly listening to a music player at a public gathering. Another one catches the Mahatma exchanging and then coolly sharing a garland with a small girl with a mischievous smile.
 
The collection also has some rare visuals of VD Savarkar looking into the camera. There is also exclusive footage of Haripura Congress session with shots of Subhash Chandra Bose. Many major political leaders of the time including Jawaharlal Nehru, Vallabhbhai Patel, Sarojini Naidu and Maulana Azad figure prominently in the footage.
 
The Mahatma’s meeting with Rabindranath Tagore also figures in the collection. There are extensive visuals of the Mahatma’s visit to the UK and France, which are covered by several film studios.
 
There are two reels having only audio that has the voice of Khan Abdul Gafar Khan, known as Frontier Gandhi. It seems some footage is from the documentary film on Gandhi by AK Chettiar that was unavailable till now. Also, some footage seems to have found a place in a long documentary made by Vitthalbhai Jhaveri. Some visuals seem to be from Kanu Gandhi collection.
 
The condolence meeting at UN Headquarters just after Mahatma’s death is also part of this collection. Apart from representatives of several nations paying tribute, a visual of India’s representative at the UN can be seen in the footage.
 
“This is a fascinating visual collection of the Mahatma and a real surprise to find it in celluloid format in today’s times. The 35 mm footage is in Master Positive format and does not have sound. We have made duplicate negative for long-term preservation and then copied it into Release Positive, which is an exhibition format,” Prakash Magdum said.
 
“The primary inspection indicates the material is in good condition and we will soon plan to digitize it. We also plan to invite scholars and historians to throw more light and get information for cataloguing the entire collection,” he added.
 
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Dadasaheb Phalke Award for Amitabh Bachchan

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Amitabh Bachchan (File photo: IANS)
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan will be honoured with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award.
 
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday announced the news.
 
"The legend Amitabh Bachchan who entertained and inspired for two generations has been selected unanimously for Dadasaheb Phalke award. The entire country and international community is happy. My heartiest Congratulations to him," Javadekar said in a post on Twitter.
 
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