Film Screening

Date/Time Event
26/09/2014
6:00 pm
Film Circle screening of “Ustad Asad Ali Khan- A Portrait”

Director : Renuka George Duration : 70 minutes followed by Question and Answer session with Director.

This is a documentary film on Asad Ali Khan Khan (1937-2011), the eminent instrumentalist of Jaipur Beenkar gharana. Asad Ali was privileged to have a great family heritage, which boasted of legendary instrumentalists like Rajab Ali Khan, Musharraf Khan and Sadiq Ali Khan. He was one of the very few musicians to practice rudravina, an instrument now almost extinct.

The documentary takes us from Rampur, where his father was a court musician, to New Delhi where he lived until his death in June 2011. He shares with us the complexities of practicing this rare instrument. We get a glimpse of what life must have been like in the court days, and how the artistes of that generation dedicated themselves to their art. The artist plays at home for us, sharing his music generously and intimately.


Venue:  IGNCA Auditorium, Media Centre, 3 Dr. R. P. Road, New Delhi
12/09/2014
6:00 pm
IGNCA Film Circle :” Kissa – A Tradition of Punjab”

Director: Gulshan Walia Duration :59.58 minutes

Watch this docudrama to have fair knowledge of life and culture of Punjabis and their literature. Kissa – may be called a romantic ballad or a Masnavi in Persian, is a tragic story of love, velour, betrayal, passion, adventure etc, which is an important part of Punjabi literature. The literary genre, which dates back to medieval times, has been much popular in the Punjab. Besides reference to the main Kissas, like Heer-Ranjha, Sohini- Mahiwal, watch the brief enactment of “Sassi–Pannu”, written by Hashim Shah.


Venue:  IGNCA Auditorium, Media Centre, 3 Dr. R. P.Road, New Delhi
22/08/2014
6:00 pm
IGNCA Film Circle : “The Golden Art”

Director : Dr.G.S.Raina
Duration: 32 minutes

India has a great tradition of paintings.Important artistic Centres got established in Tanjavur, Nathdwara (Rajasthan) and Vrindavan (Uttar Pradesh) and other parts of the country over the centuries. A distinctive feature of this painting tradition is the use of Gold leafs in the mythological and other contemporary works. The documentary explores this tradition of Indian paintings.


Venue:  IGNCA Auditorium, Media Centre, 3 Dr. R. P. Road, New Delhi
13/08/2014-14/08/2014
4:00 pm-6:00 pm
Indonesian Movie Screening.

On the occasion of the Independence day of Indonesia, The Indonesian embassy is screening two Indonesian documentaries on 13 and 14 August, 2014.

On 13th August, 2014 Habibie and Ainun Duration : Two Hours
The movie depicts a true love story of the third Indonesian President Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie (Habibie) and his beloved wife Hasri Ainun Habibie (Ainun). Habibie and Ainun were class mates in school. They met again in Indonesia upon Habibie’s returned from Germany for a temporary sick leave. On their first meeting at Ainun’s house in Bandung, they instantly fell in love. Their love journey continued when Habibie returned to Germany in order to pursue his studies in Aachen as well as when he was called by the Government of the Republic of Indonesia to serve his country in the field of technology, aircraft industry and then politics. His ultimate services were to be CEO in Indonesia’s aircraft enterprise. Minister of Research and Technology, Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia, and President of the Republic of Indonesia. Along Habibie’s outstanding career journey and dedication to Indonesia. Ainun was his loyal and loving partner and soul mate who was always there for him to provide endless support. The journey ended when Ainun became gravely ill and finally passed away. Habibie and Ainun’s love has been built on the journey to pursue their dreams. For Habibie, Ainun was his everything. She became the eyes to oversee his wife. For Ainun, Habibie had been her everything whom could fill love in her life. Every story has an end, every dream has a limit. Yet, Habibie and Ainun’s love never ended.

On 14th August, 2014 (open for all) The Border between Desire and Reality Duration : Two Hours

Abstract of the film: Border tells the story of Jaleswari, an ambitious and assertive woman who as assigned by her office from Jakarta to the rural area of Kalimantan located at the border of Malaysia and Indonesia to promote education to the local people. Her assignment was the promote education to the local people. Throughout her time in the rural area, she faced emotional battle when her vision to promote education was challenged by the values of local tradition and culture. This is a story of Jaleswari’s struggle for a better life of the people of Kalimantan through education, It also depicts her journey to introduce program to the people of Kalimantan without alienating them from their traditions and culture.

Venue: IGNCA Auditorium, C.V. Mess, New Delhi – 01


Venue:  IGNCA Auditorium, C.V. Mess,, New Delhi
08/08/2014
6:00 pm
IGNCA Film Circle : "Zohra Unmasked"

Join us as we pay homage to one of the most inspiring trailblazers; Zohra Sehgal. Zohra Sehgal went to Queen Mary College, Lahore at a time when strict purdah was still observed. She followed her heart, become a dancer; went to Germany and got a three year diploma in dancing. In the documentary, she shares about her training in expressing the consciousness of one’s body. On her return, she joined the dancing school of Uday Shanker. She joined the theatre group of Prithvi Raj Kapoor and worked with him for fifteen years, and even acted in films with him. The personality of this great danseuse, actress and the theatre person is unveiled by Dr.Kapila Vatsyayan – the well known visionary of art and culture.


Venue:  IGNCA Auditorium, Media Centre, 3 Dr. R. P. Road,, New Delhi
25/07/2014
6:00 pm
FILM SCREENING > Pavakathakali (Glove Puppets of Kerala) Duration – 56 min.

Shri. G. Venu shall be present to take questions from the audience.
Origin of Pavakathakali or Puppet Kathakali is attributed to the Andippandaram community,an itinerant group who travelled from Andhra Pradesh and settled in Kerala. They performed puppetry as they moved from village to village for their livelihood. When Kathakali became popular in the eighteenth century, they began to dress up their puppets in Kathakali costumes and make up and also adapted attakatha, the text of Kathakali, creating a new form of puppetry called Pavakathakali. This 56 minute long presentation traces the history; the challenges the art form has faced in various phases of its existence and the present day efforts to rejuvenate it in the rustic setting in Kerala.


Venue:  IGNCA Auditorium, Media Centre, 3 Dr. R.P. Road, New Delhi
11/07/2014
6:00 pm
FILM SCREENING > : Manipur - The Jewel of the East

Manipur the beautiful land is inhabited by the Meiteis community who are in majority. Tongkul Nagas and over nineteen small tribes also are part of the population who have a rich heritage, history and culture. This documentary covers their culture, rituals, festivals and much more. The state’s history is rich so is the culture equally vibrant. Many people prefer church marriages, “Dhol-Cholom”, Rāsalīlā is a real treat to the eyes. People enjoy their life through various games.
A land of rich handicrafts, art of making pottery, special dolls, and handlooms needs a special mention. Although Imphal has become much more advanced, the small villages and towns still maintain the traditional values and the ways of life.


Venue:  IGNCA Auditorium, Media Centre, 3 Dr. R. P. Road, New Delhi
27/06/2014
6:00 pm-6:45 pm
FILM SCREENING Journey of Ayurveda

Ayurveda continues to grow rapidly as one of the most important systems of mind-body medicine and natural healing, as a spiritual approach to life becomes ever more important in this ecological age. ‘Journey of Ayurveda’ travels in time from its origins in India to its progress into the 21st century, where Ayurvedic medicine is gaining international interest and respect as an alternative means of caring for physical and mental health.

Director : Shri Bappa Ray


Venue:  IGNCA Auditorium, Media Centre,, New Delhi
13/06/2014
6:00 pm-6:45 pm
FILM SCREENING Navakalevara - The New Embodiment

Duration: 49 minutes Produced by IGNCA
The icons of Lord Jagannath and his companions in Jagannath Temple of Puri in Orissa are made of Neem wood. Ritualistically, these icons are made after an interval of 12/19 years. This ancient event revolves around Banajaga Yatra, the journey undertaken in search of the sacred log. Temple men known as Dayitas or Daitas, said to be descendents of Visavasu tribe of mythological origin, are authorized for this exercise. Many rituals are followed before the tree is axed. Most important point to be noted is that in this process a new sapling is planted on the spot where the Neem tree was axed – a gesture of balancing the nature.

Director: Shri Prithviraj Mishra


Venue:  IGNCA Auditorium, Media Centre,, New Delhi
23/05/2014
6:00 pm-7:00 pm
Film Screening - The Quantum Indians

Director : Raja Choudhury (A PSBT Production)

Duration 53 minutes

The compelling and inspiring story of three Indian scientists – Satyendra Nath Bose, C.V.Raman and Meghnad Saha, who revolutionized the world of Physics and Indian Science in the early part of 20th century.


Venue:  IGNCA Auditorium, Media Centre, New Delhi
09/05/2014
10:15 am-11:00 am
Film Screening - “Bali Yatra: "They Say, They Came from India"

Time: 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.

Director: Dr. Gautam Chatterjee Duration: 36 minutes

This is a research documentation of the cultural dialogue between Indian sub-continent and Bali, known in history by the name of spice route. It highlights a panoramic view of Bali within various nuances of its culture which showcases a harmonic amalgamation. It explores various elements of Indian Culture, existing in Bali. Touching upon the Pedanda system or Priesthood of Bali the film also explores the calendar making concept which has many shades of Indian culture. The Gurukula system has a long heritage. Film further documents various creative aspects of icons, images, wooden and stone sculptures, etc. it features the Gedong Gandhi Ashram where Gandhiji’s philosophy is celebrated even today. In the Tenganan village some isolated 600 people have been practicing a unique tradition of their own for over a millennia.


Venue:  IGNCA Auditorium, Media Centre,, New Delhi
25/04/2014
6:00 pm
MUCH ADO ABOUT KNOTTING

GEETIKA NARANG ABBASI & ANANDANA KAPUR | 52 min | English, Hindi

Born into a society obsessed with marriages, a young girl, a not-so-young man and an NRI couple are compelled by tradition to look for matches via classifieds, matchmaking bureaus and websites. Confronted with innumerable criteria that determine who is acceptable and who isn’t, they question themselves and their choices. As they introspect, the melee of the matchmaking industry continues. At every turn, there are service providers who are ready to snoop, style and solicit potentials on their behalf. The Film is a light-hearted chronicle of this predicament that almost every Indian faces.

for more details visit http://www.psbt.org/directors/332


Venue:  IGNCA, New Delhi
11/04/2014
5:00 pm
THE MONUMENT & THE LIVING PRESENCE (BRAHADISVARA TEMPLE)

To understand a monument in its totality i.e its architecture, its iconography and its living tradition a project was undertaken by IGNCA about two decades ago. The film highlights the challenges faced by the IGNCA researchers, scholars, documentation teams and collaborators in achieving the dream-project.

know about  Brhadīśvara Temple Multimedia project


Venue:  Media Centre, 3, Dr. R. P. Road, New Delhi
07/04/2014
3:00 pm
Film Screening at DD BHARTI

Manifesting The Faith’
Time: 3pm, duration 52mts.


Venue:  IGNCA, New Delhi
28/03/2014
10:00 pm
Ganga - A celestial journey from Mukhba to Gangotri

Director: – B.S Rawat Duration-46 Minutes04 Second
Produced by IGNCA

The film pans the snow – capped mountains of Himalaya to zoom in and captures the glimpses of Gaumukh Glaciers, from where Ganga emerges to create riverine civilization along her traverse of 2500 kms. before merging in Bay of Bengal. It explores the Ganga Icon in her two abodes, in Gangotri during summer, and 25 kms downhill, at Mukhba or Mukhimath, where she travels down after Deepawali.

The film captures the journey of Ganga Icon in her palanquin from Mukhba on the penultimate day before the Gangotri Temple opens on auspicious day of Akhayatritiya. The IGNCA’s camera team trekked 25 kms to document various rituals, oral myths and socio – religious nuances that have been in vogue for several millennia. It highlights how village God Someshwar-devta comes to Mukhba to offer his reverence as now Ganga Icon goes to Annapurna temple in the tapoobhumi of Markandya Muni’s Ashram. Then the palanquin goes to Durga Siddha Peetha for Ganga’s second halt. Thereafter she journeys through rock boulders and pugdandis, foot tracks to reach Jangla, a mythological station before reaching Kopang an ITBP camp. The procession now moves on to Bhairon Ghati, where the temple opens up to welcome Gangaji for the night halt. Then on Akshyatritiya, Gangaji’s yatra to reach Gangotri for its much celebrated opening. The film thus records the pada – yatra journey on foot, of Gangaji, explores the oral tradition of Semwals, the priests of Ganga Devi, highlights the relation of nature with the Prashad benediction of Gangotri, covers the ritual of opening of the Kapat, door, of Ganga Temple at Gangotri, Ganga icon returns to Mukhba in the same manner after Deepawali Day every year.


Venue:  IGNCA, New Delhi
28/02/2014
10:00 pm
HWRIDA MANISHA

Director Rumpa Guin &Subhabrata Dey
Duration-54 mts.

True to its name this documentary-drama tries to explore the various phrases of the poet’s life where he undergoes through changes in his religious beliefs. Rabindranath’s life can be divided into six distinct phrases based on his religious thoughts. The documentary shows how the religious and philosophical imbibed together and influenced his works and in this process bring together certain episodes of the poet’s life and how they shaped his final view towards humanity(and God).

The documentary traces Rabindranath’s journey through various religious beliefs and how the poet ultimately found peace in the “Religion of man”. This journey also signifies the intimate growth
of his works as an artist and poet.


Venue:  IGNCA, New Delhi
14/02/2014
10:00 pm
Shravana Belagola - The Jain Heritage Site

Director: R. Bharathadri Duration: :50 minutes
Produced by IGNCA
Situated fifty miles northeast of Mysore, comprising Vindhyagiri and Chandragiri hills, Shravana Belagola is the Kashi of Jains, replete with Jaina Basadis or temples, reservoirs, enormous sculptures, carved out of rocky hills between the tenth and twelfth century. It houses the 58.8 feet statue of Bahubali, a symbol of sacrifice and renunciation. The towering Gomateswara, carved out of rock, stands out, among other Jaina Shrines, scaling the horizon. He is the saintly son of Adinatha, the first Tirthankara. He stands rigid, oblivious of the anthills and creepers growing between and around his feet. The sculpture is one of the finest specimens of tenth century Western Ganga work. The camera passes through the Chandragiri Hill, a space for great departure and eternal salvation, attained by seers and saints. The great emperor Chandragupta Maurya came here with his Jaina teacher Bhadrabahu and starved himself to death according to the Jaina Sallekhana tradition. The film explores the great collection of sacred Prakrit texts, and seeks a holistic vision of Jaina philosophy, iconography and ritual.


Venue:  IGNCA, New Delhi
27/12/2013
6:00 pm
SO HEDDAN SO HODDAN

ANJALI MONTEIRO & K. P. JAYASANKAR

Duration: 52 min
Mustafa Jatt sings Bheths, narratives of longing, sung by the Jatts, pastoral Muslim communities that live on the edge of the Great Rann of Kutch, in Gujarat, separating India and Pakistan. The Film is a journey into the music and everyday life of these communities, set against the backdrop of the Rann and the pastoral Banni grass lands. These marginal visions of negotiating difference in creative affirmative ways resist tight notions of the nation – state and national culture and open up the windows of our national imaginary.


Venue:  Media Centre, 3, Dr. R. P. Road,, New Delhi
20/12/2013
5:00 pm
Lai - Haraoba

IGNCA’s Intangible Heritage Series
Director: Aribam Syam Sharma
Duration: 1 hours 11 minutes

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 principle. 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:  : Media Centre, 3, Dr. R. P. Road, New Delhi
18/12/2013-19/12/2013
12:00 am
Great Master Series – Ustad Fahimuddin Khan Dagar

Produced by IGNCA
Duration: 1 hours 20 minutes

Ustad Fahim-ud-din Khan Daggar was the renowned Drupad performer. In an interactive session with Dr. S.K Saxena, the well-known musicologist explains, with the help of demonstrations, the various stages of performing Drupad. He explains its meaning, objectives, elements and nuance. Alap- the initiation aims at bringing out the specific traits of the raga. Music has its own grammar, and Fahim-du-din explains the basic concepts and language of music. Every ‘raga’ has its own ‘muqam’ or position. The Raga Bhairava is an obeisance to sun, a tribute to light. But it has no words, because, ‘Sur’ can’t tolerate the burden of words. He further says that ‘Vidya’ or knowledge is necessary, but one must have a guru, a teacher. Riyaz or practice is important, but dedication is all the more important. Music is search for solace, whereas poetry appeals to emotion. This interactive DVD prepared under the Great Master Series presents deeper understanding of classical Indian music – the Sastriya Sangita.

19 December 2013, Thursday, 5.00 p.m.
Qasba Sanskriti: Bilgram

Director: Yousuf Saeed
Duration: 51 minutes

This film is a cultural sketch of Bilgram, a small town near Lucknow in north India, specially focusing on the performative arts associated with the Shia rituals of Ashura on Muharram. This film was made under the project “Aqeedat Ke Rang”.


Venue:  IGNCA, New Delhi
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