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MIZORAM says hello to Bangalore this weekend. Few know that 500-odd students and several government officials and families from Mizoram live in this city, and fewer still know anything about Mizo culture. The first ever "Mizo Nite" is an occasion for the Mizo community in Bangalore to showcase their traditions and "give something back to the city," says Rin Sanga, Chairman of the Bangalore Development Authority. He feels the event would "clear misconceptions" about the people of his state and promote national integration. The two-and-a-half-hour show will feature choirs, soloists, regional dances from the Northeast hills, and performances by a cultural troupe sent by the State Government of Mizoram, plus handicrafts and food stalls. "Mizo Nite" is on at Guru Nanak Bhavan, Miller's Tank Bund Road, December 21, 6.30 p.m. Tickets Rs. 50 and Rs. 100 at Supermarket (Brigade Road), Grace Gift Centre (Indiranagar) and many outlets in Bangalore East. For more details, contact 5444576, 5484004.

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THE lack of aesthetic appeal in most of our new-built places of worship is a cause for deep distress to artist Mario D'Souza. He has been focussing on churches in particular, after winning a two-year research scholarship from the Ministry of Culture in France (which chose him from among 650 French artists) to study "the ritual objects of the church and their mass production". His dismay at the invasion of the ugly and the synthetic has made him emphasise "simple, white, pure" attributes in his ongoing exhibition.Titled "Requiem", it is a sombre tribute to his father who committed suicide. On at Alliance Française till December 18 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

C.K. MEENA

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