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PRATIBIMB or reflection is an apt title for a film festival between December 2 and 5 that explores and showcases women's issues.

Co-organised by Max Muller Bhavan and Swayam, it will be inaugurated by a dialogue between Director Aparna Sen and theatre personality Sohag Sen on "Reflections of Women in Films: The Role of a Director".

Films featured include "Bol" (eight one-min films on Domestic Violence), "Little Girl Lost" by Philip Lathrop, "Little Teresa" by Pastor Vega and "Daughters of the 73rd Amendment" by Ananya Chatterjee.

The festival is part of the International Fortnight Protesting Violence Against Women.

Also Seagull Media Resource Center will show Wayne Wang's critically acclaimed "Dim Sum" (A Little Bit of Heart) on December 7.

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THE Bengal School of Art emerged in the first decade of the 20th century, when under the inspiration of Percy Havell, the then Principal of the Government College of Art in Calcutta, a group of artists rejected the western influences and turned to Classical Hindu Art. Refocusing on these forgotten but important artists Gallerie's project and the series is being launched with an exhibition of the paintings (on till December 10) of Abani Sen. He exemplified the spirit of the Bengal art movement and this move to recover him from obscurity is indeed welcome.

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FOOD and philosophy form a divinely delicious partnership at Oxford Bookstore on December 4 with Olivier Assouly discussing his book Nostalgic Food: The Myth and Origin of Foods and Food Taboos. Assouley, a philosophy major and a student of Jacques Derrida, has long been researching the complex and esoteric subject of food taboos.

Why do the Jews not eat shellfish? Why does the Koran forbid consumption of pork and horsemeat? When and why did all bovines get struck off Hindu menus; and what of the Buddha who decreed his followers may dine off livestock but banned consumption of wild animals and dogs? Some intriguing questions that are explored by Assouly. It promises to be fascinating evening for food buffs and philosophers alike.

ARUNDHATI RAY

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