KOLKATA-based Supriyo Sen's film, "Way Back Home", is the first non-fiction film on the Partition of India. This two-hour long documentary was selected as an official entry in the competitive section of the Commonwealth Film Festival 2003 held in Manchester in June. The film will premiere in Kolkata on July 7 with a screening at the British Council before moving on to Nandan. Sen is an award winning documentary filmmaker. His film "The Nest" won the National Award, BFJA Award and was selected for the Indian Panorama, IFFI in 2001. Before that he directed a 54-minute documentary investigating genocide caused by a stone-crushing factory ("Wait Until Death") and also a film called "The Dream of Hanif". Feted by critics, Way Back Home is his most powerful film to date.
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ON July 7 at GD Birla Sabhaghar students from different schools and colleges in the city present a performance where the focal point is the urgent need for peace in a world that is increasingly being torn apart by political and religious differences. The production has been organised by The Red Curtain, Kolkata's renowned English-language theatre group set up by students in 1969, which was recently resurrected with the return of some of its founding members to the city. The July 7 performance text emerged from a series of workshops attended by the performers where Sumit Roy and Jayant Kriplani took students through a variety of exercises exploring their personal experiences and ideas on the topic of peace. At the same time students learnt various theatrical techniques. In these times when every new day brings fresh news of atrocities and violence, the hope for peace lies in a sensitive and sensitised next generation, and the July 7 performance is a chance to see who will hopefully be the change-makers of tomorrow.
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LAURA LOPAMUDRA SHARMA directs "Impromptu", an English play that will be staged on July 6 at the Proscenium Art Centre. Exploring the complex question of truth and illusion how much of each do we need to lead a balanced a life the production ultimately examines the very nature of reality itself.
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TO experience a great artiste's creation is an uplifting experience; but to be able to truly understand the process of creation by having it described by the creator himself is a rare privilege. Music afficiandos of Kolkata will be able to enjoy this privilege on July 9 at the British Council when tabla maestro Bikram Ghosh puts into words how he conjures the magic at his fingertips. Accompanying him will be mridangam expert S. Shekhar and ghatam player Somnath Roy.
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