Film Screening

Date/Time Event
6:00 pm
Film screening of Buddhism - A living Religion in the North east of India

Director: Bappa Ray
Duration: 60 mts

From the 7th century, Buddhism underwent radical changes, and new forms appeared which were called Mahayana and Vajrayana or Tantra. The discipline combines yoga practice with highly complex ritualism, mixed with magic, and involves the worship of a large number of divinities, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Mahayana Buddhism, both as a religion and a way of life has influenced the outlook of diverse communities in the Himalayan region. From Ladakh and Himachal in the west to Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim in the east, in small villages scattered throughout the areas bordering Tibet, are communities who have adopted the Buddhist way of life. The film looks at the influence of Buddhism – a Living Religion, on the socio-cultural heritage, dances, festivals, arts and craft of Buddhist communities in the North Eastern region of India, especially Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim.

Venue:  IGNCA Auditorium, Media Centre, No. 3 Dr. R. P. Road,, New Delhi
6:00 pm
Film screening of Navakalevara Director: Prithviraj Mishra

Duration : 49 minutes

The icons of Lord Jagannatha and his companions in Jagannaatha temple of Puri in Orissa are made of Neem wood. Ritualistically, these icons are made after an interval of twelve/nineteen years. This event is called Navakalevara or the new embodiment.This film is a rare documentation of this event.

Venue:  IGNCA Auditorium, Media Centre, No. 3 Dr. R. P. Road, New Delhi
6:00 pm

Director: Abdul Majid
Duration: 56 minutes

The film looks at the life-cycle events of Sufi saints, Islamic institutions, creative heritage, folk songs and creative traditions that highlight the Islamic heritage of Assam. It shows that Islamic heritage in Assam has been shaped over eight centuries since the first footing of the Muslims in this part of the country through interface and interaction of the community with the locals. The liberal Vaishnava tradition in healthy conjunction with the Sufi tradition offered unique opportunities to the Muslims to identify and integrate themselves into local lifestyles and build a harmonious customary and liberal Islamic heritage.

Venue:  IGNCA Auditorium, Media Centre, No. 3 Dr. R. P. Road,, New Delhi
6:00 pm
On the Occasion of International Yoga Day on 21st June, 2015, special Film screening of History of Yoga’

Directors: Ramji Om and Dr. Deepika Kothari
Duration: 98 minutes

The ‘History of Yoga’ is the film documentation of Art, Culture, Heritage and History unfolding the wisdom of Yoga. The film traces the elements of Yoga from Harappan civilization to the 19th century.

Venue:  IGNCA Auditorium, Media Centre, No. 3 Dr. R. P. Road, New Delhi
6:00 pm
Film screening of LOLAB

Director: Mohiuddin Mirza
Duration: 52 minutes

The National Award winning documentary presents a picturesque glimpse of the Himalayan sub-valley, known as the fruit bowl of Jammu & Kashmir. The Anthropological film captures the beauties of nature in its pristine form.

Venue:  IGNCA Auditorium, Media Centre, No. 3 Dr. R. P. Road,, New Delhi
6:00 pm
Film screening of Lai - Haraoba

Director: Aribam Syam Sharma
Duration : 1 hr. 11 min.

Lai-Haraoba is derived from the words Lai Hao Loba. Shouting of Hai by the Lai or deity in a state of bliss is the core of the concept. Lai Haraoba is the annual ritual festival of Manipur, which takes place in the month of April/May and is celebrated continuously for 7/9/13 days. The film bears witness to the creation of the Universe and life forms including flora and fauna, through ritual dances, dramatic performances and processions. The gold and the silver of the egg are equated with the male-female principles. Sacred water touches the navel of God Guru Sidaba. Guru Sidaba solidifies the network of human life with the help of Atiya Guru Sidaba, and by enslaving the evil Harva by the beautiful lightning goddess.

Venue:  IGNCA Auditorium, Media Centre, No. 3 Dr. R. P. Road, New Delhi
6:00 pm
Film screening of Clay Images of Kumartuli (IGNCA's National Award Winning Film)

Duration: 52 minutes

Winner of Rajat Kamal (National Film Award) for its extensive study of the craft and community of the Clay makers in the context of changing times under the category of best promotional film, to cover tourism, export, craft industry etc.

Making and worshipping divine images is a very old Indian practice. Some of the oldest archaeological finds on the sub-continent, particularly in Bengal, have been terracotta or burnt clay idols of Gods and Goddesses. The making of religious images along traditional lines existed in Bengal in pre-British times. Clay images made by the Krishna Nagar craftsmen showing the Goddess Durga triumphant over demon Mahishasura, were at the centre of the worship. The film focuses on the makers of these images settled in Kumartuli.

Venue:  IGNCA Auditorium, C V Mess, No. 1, Janpath, New Delhi
6:00 pm
Film screening of MASKHARA

Maskhara- a jester, in the folk theatre – Bhand Pather, is a comedian who entertains the audiences. This folk play is performed in open and is seen by thousands of spectators at a time. The documentary focuses on its traditional style, gestures of the characters, uniqueness of the costumes, the singing and dancing convention.

Director: Ravi Kemmu
Duration: 55 minutes

Venue:  IGNCA Auditorium, Media Centre, No. 3 Dr. R. P. Road, New Delhi
6:00 pm
Film screening of PANDAVANI

Pandavani is the narrative tradition of communities like Pardhan, Gaund and Devar, spread across Chhatisgarh, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh. The documentary highlights various nuances of the story-telling tradition and its two main styles- Vedamati and Kapalika. The famous Tijanbai features performing a Kapalika style narrative.

Director: Manohar Aashi
Duration: 58 minutes

Venue:  IGNCA Auditorium, Media Centre, No. 3 Dr. R. P. Road, New Delhi
5:00 pm

Director: Bappa Ray
Duration: 43 Minutes

The Santhals live close to nature. As a community they may be seen in the context of their environment, ecology, the supernatural and beyond. Banam is a special musical instrument of Santhals and music forms an inseparable part of their lives. The film strives to highlight the man- nature relationship of this community.

Venue:  IGNCA Auditorium, Media Centre, No. 3 Dr. R. P. Road,, New Delhi
5:00 pm
Film Screening of Buddhism in Sikkim

Director Sumit Banerjee
Duration : 1.29min.

The film, in three parts, takes you on a journey through the fascinating and no less inspiring story of Buddha’s life, his teaching, Buddhist practices, the emergence of two sects – Theravada and Mahayana, and the coming of Buddhism to Sikkim via Tibet in 15th – 16th Century. The ultimate goal is to reach Buddhahood a stage beyond Nirvana and the path is through six ‘paramitas’ or transcendental and wisdom. It is not an easy job to become a monk, who has to undergo nine year of hard training in a monastery. The monastery is a complete world by itself, with all the facilities. Monastery is not a simple building, but has set design, intricately carved with mural paintings and structures, in which Mani wheels and Thangka paintings have their own significance. Watch how Tibetan Buddhism and culture gets merged with indigenous practices in Sikkim. Have a peep into the life of Lepchas

Venue:  IGNCA Auditorium, Media Centre, No. 3 Dr. R. P. Road, New Delhi
5:30 pm
Screening of the Documentary on the International Exhibition Rupa Pratirupa :The Body in Indian Art

The Body in Indian Art’ curated by Prof. Naman P. Ahuja was inaugurated by the President of India at the ICCR/ Europalia International Arts Festival at the Palais de Beaux-Arts, Brussels in October, 2013. This landmark exhibition of over 350 objects was sourced from 55 lenders from India and abroad. Later, in 2014 this exhibition was shown at the National Museum of India in New Delhi where it achieved record-breaking public acclaim. IGNCA documented these masterpieces for its archives as it was an opportunity to record for posterity this outstanding collection of Indian art. Selected highlights from this extensive documentation have been made into eight films. Each of these films is just under 30 minutes and showcases a gallery per film. Each episode introduces a variety of Indian aesthetic meditations on the role of art and representation.

Venue:  Auditorium, C.V. Mess, Janpath, IGNCA, New Delhi
5:00 pm
Film Circle screening of History of Yoga

Directors: Ramji Om and Dr.Deepika Kothari
Duration: 98 minutes

The History of Yoga is the film documentation of Art, Culture, Heritage and History unfolding the wisdom of Yoga. The film traces the elements of Yoga from Harappan civilization to the 19th century.

Venue:  IGNCA Auditorium, Media Centre, No. 3 Dr. R. P. Road, New Delhi
10/02/2015 - 12/02/2015
7:30 pm

Venue:  Media Centre Auditorium, IGNCA,, New Delhi
16/01/2015 - 18/01/2015
12:00 am
IGNCA at the 9th JDCA Film Festival, Bhubaneswar:

9th Film Festival of Jatin Das Centre for Art (JDCA) was held on 16th, 17th and 18th January 2015 at Bhubaneswar. Focus of the festival was on making of art – the process. About 30 films were screened in the festival including “Painter’s Sketchbook” by M.F Hussain, animation films, “Printed Rainbow” and “Blue” by Gitanjali Rao, “Making of Firaaq” by Nandita Das, “To let the World In” by Avijit Mukul Kishore and “Shazia Sikander” by Susan Sollins among others. The scope of the festival was enlarged by presentations of documentaries on arts and crafts traditions such as the Vishwakarma craft of wood carving, clay idol making, traditional textiles and palm leaf fans made by Alekh Baba monastic community and so on.

The three-day festival concluded with the screening of the IGNCA production, “The Magic of Making”, film on the legendary artist K.G Subramanyan, directed by Goutam Ghose.

Workshops by documentary filmmakers and performing artists and display of local arts and crafts were part of the festival. IGNCA had put up a stall of DVDs and publications at the venue.

Venue:  IGNCA, New Delhi
5:00 pm
Film Circle screening of Mudiyettu and Kalamezhuthum Pattum

Director: N. Radhakrishnan
Duration : 1 hr. 1 min

Mudiyettu is one of the richest ritualistic traditions of Kerala. Since the hoary past, people performed Mudiyettu as a celebration of winning over the evil with mythological story line. Ritualistically, sacred space is created by the ancient drawings of Kalamrtyam, an image of a deity, symbolizing creation itself. The songs, ritualistic performance, and the effacing of the drawings have been documented in this film

Venue:  IGNCA Auditorium, Media Centre, No. 3 Dr. R. P. Road, New Delhi
5:00 pm
Film Circle screening of SIDIS OF GUJARAT

Director : Beheroze Shroff, Duration : 53 minutes

Sidis, Indians of African descent came to India via different routes and from different countries of origin, from the 13th century onwards. Contemporary African descended communities in India mostly refer to themselves as Sidis. In Gujarat, Sidis trace their genealogy to ancestral saint Bava Gor whose name is chanted in Sidi songs and dances. Sidis maintain a distinctive culture. This film documents some aspects of the culture and traditions and diverse histories of migration of the Sidis of Gujarat.

Venue:  IGNCA Auditorium, Media Centre, No. 3 Dr. R. P. Road, New Delhi
7:00 pm
IGNCA Cordially invites you to release of THE MAGIC of MAKING an IGNCA Documentary on Shri K G Subramanyan. The release will be followed by the screening of the film, in the presence of the artist.

Directed by: Goutam Ghose Duration: 103 min.

Venue:  Prof. C C Mehta Auditorium, MS University, Baroda, New Delhi
5:00 pm
Film Circle screening of Mirasans of Punjab - Born to Sing

Director : Shikha Jhingan Duration : 49 minutes

The film nostalgically traverses the unique tradition of the Punjab, in which the Mirasans cry on death, bring laughter at birth and marriage and bridge communities. Today, children of Mirasans are struggling to survive with dwindling patronage and are moving out from family space to public space.

Venue:  IGNCA Auditorium, Media Centre, No. 3 Dr. R. P. Road, New Delhi
12:00 am

Director- Dr. S. Krishnaswamy

Duration – 55 minutes

The documentary highlights the significant contribution of Tamil Film Director K. Subrahmanyam to the Indian Cinema. He made Nationalist films and advocated social renaissance & reforms through his films. The documentary uses excerpts from his available films out of about 22 titles that he directed between 1934 and 1957.

Venue:  IGNCA Auditorium, Media Centre, 3 Dr. R. P. Road, New Delhi
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