INDIA SABKA, an alternative festival for youth (December 17-18) promises to be different from every other youthfest in the city. Initiated by Majlis, a cultural forum and Open Circle a group of young artists with support from several concerned individuals and other NGOs, India Sabka hopes to reach out to students in various city colleges, actually, anyone below age 25. Speaking their language and employing their trends, the India Sabka Youth Mela hopes to make the event a celebration of secularism. Students are being invited to participate in a variety of competitions music, fiction writing, newspaper design, film script, bill board design, art installations, architectural interventions, plays or performances. The winners will be rewarded with exposure trips or display of their works or production of their scripts or recording of their music in a professional studio, which will help them to further their interests in this field. Entries can be sent in any language Marathi, Gujarati, Hindi, Urdu and, of course, Hinglish. The prize distribution will hold several attractions a concert by Taufiq Qureshi, a play by Alyque Padamsee, a session with Barkha Dutt titled, "Fielding the Question" and a public lecture by Mahashweta Devi. The event is planned against the background of the riots, which Mumbai witnessed a decade ago, following the demolition of the Babri Masjid on December 6 and the dark days of 1993, which are remembered today as a blot on the cosmopolitan character of the city.
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At a mushaira.
THE Nehru Centre's 14th National Mushaira will be held on December 21 in the Centre's auditorium. This year's mushaira features Nida Fazli, Hasan Kamal, Rajesh Reddy, Waseem Barelvi, Prof. Jagannath Azad, Dipti Mishra, Mohammed Alvi and Manzoor Hashmi among others.
Janab Sayyed Mohammed Ashraf will compere, entry cards are available at the Centre's booking counter on December 18. The day before will see a Samvaad at 6.30 p.m. in the rehearsal room on the second floor behind the Nehru auditorium. Call 4964676/4933340
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YULETIDE and it's the time for Christmas Carols. Kicking off the season of music, peace and goodwill to all, is the StopGaps annual concert of festive music at the Tata Theatre (December 14 and 15).
The StopGaps is an award-winning choir, which has sung in France, Germany and Israel with Chennai-born Alfred de Souza wielding the conductor's baton and Marilyn Chhabra on the pianoforte.
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The new film is tentatively titled "Raghu.
LAST seen in Mira Nair's "Monsoon Wedding", Rajat Kapoor who is now co-producing a film with NFDC.
Rajat describes it as "a small, funny, mad-cap film" (small to start with, I'm sure it'll be huge once it's released). The film stars Vijay Raaz, Saurabh Shukla. He is still finalising the female leads.
The camerawork is by Rafey Mahmood, music by Jeet-Preetam, sound by Resul P. and dialogues by Saurabh Shukla.
The new film is tentatively titled "Raghu".
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AN art exhibition on substance abuse and HIV/AIDS is being held in association with the UNDCP (December16-20) in the British Council Gallery. The following day (December 21) will see a Story Telling session by Casey and Khubi O'Connell. Open for children between the ages of 8-12.
Incidentally, Mumbai-born Khubi used to be a schoolteacher before joining a rural ashram where she met her American husband.
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