Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Events : Book Launches, Films and Plays

1. Following Fish : Books Launch (Bangalore and Chennai)


Via Penguin Books India
In a coastline as long and diverse as India’s, fish inhabit the heart of many worlds — food of course, but also culture, commerce, sport, history and society. Journeying along the edge of the peninsula, Samanth Subramanian reports upon a kaleidoscope of extraordinary stories.

In nine essays, Following Fish conducts rich journalistic investigations: among others, of the famed fish treatment for asthmatics in Hyderabad; of the preparation and the process of eating West Bengal’s prized hilsa; of the ancient art of building fishing boats in Gujarat; of the fiery cuisine and the singular spirit of Kerala’s toddy shops; of the food and the lives of Mumbai’s first peoples; of the history of an old Catholic fishing community in Tamil Nadu; of the hunt for the world’s fastest fish near Goa.

Throughout his travels, Subramanian observes the cosmopolitanism and diverse influences absorbed by India’s coastal societies, the withdrawing of traditional fishermen from their craft, the corresponding growth of fishing as pure and voluminous commerce, and the degradation of waters and beaches from over-fishing.

Pulsating with pleasure, adventure and discovery, and tempered by nostalgia and loss, Following Fish speaks as eloquently to the armchair traveler as to lovers of the sea and its lore.
Penguin Books India and Crossword cordially invite you to the launch of 'Following Fish: Travels Around the Indian Coast' by Samanth Subramanian.
  • on Thursday 27th May 2010, 6:30-8:30 pm, at the Crossword Bookstore, Ground Floor, ACR Towers, 32 Residency Road, Bengaluru. Arul Mani and Arundhati Ghosh will be in conversation with the author. (Link)
  • on Friday 28th May 2010, 6:30-8:30pm at Landmark, Apex Plaza, Nungambakkam, Chennai. Dr Navin Jaykumar will be in conversation with the author. (Link)
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2. Chutkan ki Mahabharat (via People in Education)

Directed by Sankalp Meshram
(87 Minutes - Hindi)

A nautanki team (a Musical folk theatre) sets up camp in a village and the whole village is abuzz with excitement. Ten-year-old Chutkan, after watching the nautanki, dreams of the evil Shakuni Mama and Duryodhan confessing to their villainy and relinquishing all claims to the kingdom. Find out what happens as the nautanki artistes start behaving exactly as Chutkan had dreamt.

Sankalp Meshram is a law graduate and has a Diploma in Film Editing from the Film & TV Institute, Pune. He has won the National Award for "Best Editing" in the non-feature film category in 2001. He has also directed over 60 episodes of TV shows and a crime thriller. "Chutkan Ki Mahabharat" is his debut film as a feature Film Director.

Venue: Prithvi House, Opp Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Mumbai – 49
Monday 31st May / 7 pm Onwards
Admission Free: On A First-Come-First-Seated Basis

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3. The Mighty Mirembayanna & the Prisoners of Peace (via Qtp India - via People in Education)

Thespo presents it's first ever production for children:
The Mighty Mirembayanna & the Prisoners of Peace
7 children on a mission to save the future!

It is 2122 in the land of Bragi. The world has been torn apart and devastated by wars and incessant fighting. The only thing keeping the Bragidians safe from the violence is the Mighty Mirembayanna tree in the garden of the Old School which is run by the head mistress Mrs. M'am. The students in the school live on campus and follow the Peace Laws which came into effect in 2040. And it is their disciplined behaviour which keeps the tree alive.

The peace is fragile. The tree has not been thriving or flowering. Peace Private Limited have discovered a way to clone the Mirembayanna (with limited life span) and they plan to commercially sell 'the peace tree' in super markets where only the rich will be able to afford it. In order to undertake mass production, the corporation seeks to uproot the Mighty Mirembayanna and take it to their laboratories.

It is now upto the children of the school to save the Mighty Mirembayanna, maintain peace in Bragi and keep war at bay. Will they find a way to save their tree? Or is it already too late?

Show Details:
June 1 - 7pm
June 2 - 4 & 7pm
Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai
Tickets: Rs.80 Only!
More details here.

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