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CHILD as an idea and image in CINEMA – Screening of Films

CHILD as an idea and image in CINEMA – Screening of Films

organised by
National Gallery of Modern Art Bengaluru
(Ministry of Culture, Government of India)
in collaboration with
Bangalore Film Society

Children are everywhere in films – the child as a figure, an idea, image, narrative – a contested site of symbolism, romanticisation and controversy. The child is an ambivalent figure flitting between endurance and despair, vulnerability and violence.

The films in this series examine the world from the child’s perspective. Here we see children who are dealing with serious situation like death, poverty, war and oppression. The films offer unique insights into these tiny minds who are witnessing and at the receiving end of harsh realities of life.

 

SCHEDULE:
Sunday 25th June 2017
Pather Panchali / Satyajit Ray / 1955 / Bengali / 112 minutes

Pather Panchali is an adaptation of a 1929 novel by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay. It was the first part in what became known as the Apu Trilogy, charting the life journey of a young boy in rural Bengal. Lyrical and sensitively observed, Pather Panchali documents the hardships of peasant life and the sadnesses of time passing, but doesn’t stint on the wonders and excitement of youthful discovery.

Tuesday 27th June 2017
Ivan’s Childhood / Andrei Tarkovsky / 1962 / Russian / 95 minutes

The debut feature by Andrei Tarkovsky, Ivan’s Childhood is a poetic journey through the shards and shadows of one boy’s war-ravaged youth. Moving back and forth between the traumatic realities of World War II and serene moments of family life before the conflict began, Tarkovsky’s film remains one of the most jarring and unforgettable depictions of the impact of war on children.

Wednesday 28th June 2017
The Spirit of the Beehive / Víctor Erice / 1973 / Spanish / 97 minutes

The protagonist Ana lives in a small village that is showing Frankenstein for the first time. While Ana wonders endlessly about the monster’s intentions, she stumbles upon a wounded revolutionary soldier who is hiding in a barn. The soldier’s death at the hands of the Francoist police, and Ana’s father’s anger over the situation lead to a strange hallucination in which Ana meets Frankenstein’s monster in the woods. Erice’s film is not only a subtle examination of Franco’s power, but it also introduces us to Ana, a dark-eyed child whose powerful gaze represented both an inquisitive youth and a rebellious spirit. Ana examines the world through an escapist fantasy, which takes her away from the realities of war. She represents the innocent generation of Spain that was unaware of Franco’s power and oppression.

Thursday 29th June 2017
The Apple / Samira Makhmalbaf / 1998 / Persian and Azerbaijani / 86 minutes

The story of twelve-year-old sisters who have been kept confined in their home by their strict religious father and blind mother, who believe exposing their daughters to the outside world will lead to their corruption. It’s a film perched on the line between fact and fiction. Not only is the situation described a real one, but each of the characters in the ‘story’ is played by their real-life counterparts. When social workers force the parents to allow their daughters out into the street, the film documents the two sisters’ tentative first impressions of an outside world that’s so long been denied to them. Directed by Samira Makhmalbaf at the age of only 17, this astonishingly mature first feature combines a swipe at an oppressive society with a joyous ode to awakening senses.

Friday 30th June 2017
Kutty Japanin Kuzhandaigal (Children of Mini Japan) / Chalam Bennurakar /1990 / Tamil / 60 minutes

This documentary is set in Sivakasi, a small town in Southern Tamil Nadu. It is from here and the surrounding villages that 70% of the requirements of the match box industry and 90% of the fireworks industry are produced. The owners of the match box and fireworks factories proudly refer to their town as “Mini Japan”, a self-employed town. This town also prints millions of garish calendars and election posters which are used all over India. Sivakasi has another dubious distinction. It is the single largest concentration of child labour in the world. Nearly 10,000 children, mostly girl children, are employed in Sivakasi to meet the demands of production. It is these children aged between 4 and 16 who are the protagonists of the film. The film is an attempt to portray their everyday lives, the production process and the complex socio-political reasons that contribute to such a large employment of children in this area.

All the films will start at 5 pm.
Entry is Free on first come first serve basis. All are invited!

Venue:
National Gallery of Modern Art,
NGMA
Manikyavelu Mansion
49, Palace Road,
Bengaluru 560 052.

Swarathma + Clinton Cerejo ft. Bianca Gomes, and Saby Singh

Swarathma + Clinton Cerejo ft. Bianca Gomes, and Saby Singh

The Humming Tree and Jim Beam is proud to present Swarathma with Coke Studio composer Clinton Cerejo featuring Bianca Gomes for the launch of their new collaborative track ‘Agla Savera’, at ours for a Jim Beam Originals night.

Clinton Cerejo
A multiple award winning composer and producer working in the Advertising and Film Music industry in Mumbai for over sixteen years, Clinton’s body of work includes commercials for Google, Audi, Pepsi, Vodafone and numerous films as a producer with Vishal Bhardwaj, A. R. Rahman, Vishal-Shekhar, Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy and Salim-Sulaiman to name a few. Clinton was the first contemporary composer from India to conduct a master class and a residency at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. Best known for his work on Coke Studio, his song ‘Madaari’ went on to become the single most pivotal song in the indie music scene over the last five years.

With ANANTHAAL’s music, Clinton pushes the envelope of Indian music into completely uncharted waters and is his most adventurous work yet.

Supporting act: Saby Singh

Agla Savera India Tour – Bangalore

Bangalore’s best-loved folk rockers team up with Coke Studio superstar composer Clinton Cerejo to launch a brand new single and music video “Agla Savera”. Brimming with hope, the song speaks of new beginnings and is at the cusp of Clinton’s hooky pop and Swarathma’s folksy roots. Supported by an India tour that kicks of at the Humming Tree the set will feature material from both Clinton and Swarathma’s repertoire with a few surprises thrown in.

Bianca Gomes
A current favorite in the thriving advertising and jingle scenario in Mumbai, Bianca has numerous jingles to her credit. She toured North America and Europe with Bollywood mavericks Vishal Shekhar on the Bacchans much talked about “Unforgettable” tour. Influenced by alternative, jazz and R&B, Bianca seamlessly blends these genres with indi pop and creates a sound altogether her own. With film credits that include Amit Trivedi’s “English Vinglish” “Ekk Main Aur Ek Tu”, Telegu composer Gibran’s ‘Jil’, and two highly lauded seasons of Coke Studio, her rendition of songs like the classic “Mauje Naina” continue to garner praise in music circles in India and beyond. Her unique understanding and approach to Indian melodies from a western perspective pushes the boundaries of pop fusion and gives ANANTHAAL’s music a truly global reach.

Saby Singh
Saby is a singer songwriter from Jammu & Kashmir but he is currently based out of Bangalore. Saby has already played a lot prestigious music festival stages in India and very recently he supported Nicholson, Parvaaz, Prateek Kuhad, Neeraj

Arya’s Kabir Cafe & The Local Train on stage for their respective shows in Mumbai, New Delhi, Chandigarh & Bangalore.

The Humming Tree The Humming Tree is an arts, music and performance space in Bangalore, India, open since June 2013. At the present moment, along with major international artists who are touring with us, we’re curating 25+ programmes a month including fantastic music gigs, fun workshops, film screenings, exhibitions, cultural performances, theatre, spoken word poetry, reading and storytelling sessions and other educational gatherings. We aim at providing a platform for the different arts, keeping in mind the beautifully varied resources and audiences we have access to. In addition to the performance venue, we run a fresh, unique kitchen and bar service.

Entry: Rs. 500/-

Saturday | 24th June 2017 | 9:00 PM

Venue:
The Humming Tree
#949, 3rd Floor & Rooftop,
12th Main Road,
Indiranagar,
Bengaluru – 560038.

“Risky Quizness” “Music Quiz”

“Risky Quizness” “Music Quiz”
6th edition Presented by The Humming Tree
Hosted by Berty Ashley and Arjun Mohan

Risky Quizness
Risky Quizness is a monthly venture and a sole property of The Humming Tree, that is dedicated to making quizzes a lot more fun than you remember in school or uni, or even anywhere else. This one’s going to be the kind of fun you’d have playing charades with your best buddies on a Sunday night, except with exciting prizes to be won and an audience to cheer you on! (And of course liquid courage and encouragement 😉

This session’s theme : Musiquiz
“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain,” said Bob Marley.

We are going to hit the scene with the most exciting concept in a long time. Sing along or air guitar along with the host! Relive nostalgia or dance to your favourite tunes! Your quizmasters are Berty Ashley and Arjun Mohan.

Both of them are established quizmasters and have been conducting quizzes in colleges, corporate events and pubs across the country.But more importantly they are both musicians and music lovers!

From Barbie Girl to Bach, from Owl City to Opeth, David Guetta to David Gilmour.. whatever music you listen to, we have the groove for you!

For singing your favourite song you get an opportunity to win prizes! YES!

Come, sing, dance, groove, answer and claim your prize!

We urge you to: Play the moments, pause the memories, stop the pain, rewind the happiness along with us as we take you down a musical journey of discovery!

Quiz guidelines
1. There are 6 different rounds
2. All answers will have to be written down. We will provide you with the quiz answer sheets.
3. Different rounds will comprise of different kinds of engaging questions, inclusive of questions with audio and visual elements. You might need to be up on your feet and up on stage to give different skills a little shake.
4. Only 4 participants per table.
5. The team with the highest total at the end of the quiz gets a bonus Prize to end the night.

The Humming Tree The Humming Tree is an arts, music and performance space in Bangalore, India, open since June 2013. At the present moment, along with major international artists who are touring with us, we’re curating 25+ programmes a month including fantastic music gigs, fun workshops, film screenings, exhibitions, cultural performances, theatre, spoken word poetry, reading and storytelling sessions and other educational gatherings. We aim at providing a platform for the different arts, keeping in mind the beautifully varied resources and audiences we have access to. In addition to the performance venue, we run a fresh, unique kitchen and bar service.

Sunday | 25th June 2017 | 8:00 PM onwards

Venue:
The Humming Tree
#949, 3rd Floor & Rooftop,
12th Main Road,
Indiranagar,
Bengaluru – 560038.

Entry is free

Discussion on “Life of Harishchandra”

Discussion on “Life of Harishchandra”

What does it take to translate a KANNADA Classic into English? A discussion on acclaimed translator Vanamala Viswanatha’s Life of Harishchandra.
Original: Raghavanka’s Harishchandra Kavya (13th Century)
Publishers: Murty Classical Library of India and Harvard University Press

Rajendra Chenni. Distinguished Critic will be in conversation with Vanamala Viswanatha.

Response to the Life of Harishchandra- Shashi Deshpande, Eminent Novelist

Copies of the book will be available at Paper Back, the bookstore at the Venue.

Open House – Q&A
on Sunday | 25th June 2017 | 11:00 AM

Venue:
Ranga Shankara
36/2, 8th Cross,
(Next to J P Nagar Post Office)
2nd Phase, JP Nagar,
Bangalore 560 078.

Directions to the Venue: http://binged.it/1SJgAhV

Bhima – English & Malayalam Play

Bhima
META Winner
(Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards)
by Jagriti

English & Malayalam Play

Playwright: Sachin Gurjale, Vivek Vijayakumaran, Ajith Lal, Swetanshu Bora and Anitha Santhanam
Director: Anitha Santhanam
Cast: Vivek Vijayakumaran & Sachin Gurjale

The Play has been nominated under several categories for the prestigious META Awards 2017. Drawing inspiration from Ashok Malhotra’s Child Man, MT Vasudevan Nair’s Randam Muzham and Jeanette Winterson’s Weight, the play explores the paradoxes and ironies in the life of the second Pandava – Bhima.

Who is Bhima? What is his hunger? Who feeds it? What are the choices available to a hero? What is the fate of a strong man in contemporary times? These are some of the questions around which the key narrative of the play evolves.

Director’s Note:
The play explores the concept of the eternal masculine and “strong” superhero embodies through Pandava prince Bhima.

In the course of the play, complex questions are raised – Who is Bhima really and what is his relevance to contemporary society? Is his version of masculinity still acceptable, or is he just a child-man who seeks a guide? Is he a selfless narcissist?

In the current context, how would Bhima fit – as a loyal middle management warrior who can never be CEO? Would he be able to overreach his defined roles of the eternal family man, breadwinner, husband and son, and seek his identity as an individual? And even if he were to, would he even be accepted in a society which perhaps lauds its Arjuna’s only?

Contrasting the heroism of the Kutiyattam form with contemporary dialogue and commentary, using music and poetry as interventions, the play re-examines a version of masculinity and its interaction with modernity.

Ticket Price: ₹ 300
Tickets Available at Jagriti Box Office also online on Bookmyshow
Strictly no latecomers. No Transfers. No Refunds, Limited Parking.

Duration: 70 Mins
Age: 12 years & above

Sunday | 25th June | 3:00 PM and 06:30 PM

Venue:
Jagriti Theatre
Palm Meadows,
Ramagondanahalli,
Varthur Main Rd,
Whitefield
Bangalore 560066.

Elephant in the Room

Elephant in the Room
META Winner
(Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards)
by Jagriti

Playwright: Sneh Sapru
Directed and Performed by Yuki Ellias

Inspired by mythology, Elephant in the Room pays homage to Lord Ganapati, in this quirky and poignant reinterpretation of his story.

The protagonist is a young boy, interestingly named Master Tusk, who has been given a new head – an elephant’s! Confused and bewildered, he finds himself lost in the forest. Danger lurks at every turn. He encounters a motley couple – Makadi (spider) and Moork (poacher) – a clumsy duo in search of a big-ticket ransom. They kidnap Master Tusk, but their scheme goes awry when a prophecy is revealed and changes everything. Amidst a cursed love affair, an encounter with an eccentric old elephant and a hunt for a missing head, Master Tusk sets off on an adventure that changes his life. But will he be able to carry his head on his shoulders?

Costumes & Set Design: Sumaiya Merchant
Lights Designed & Operated by: Asmit Pathare
Sound Design: Seemingly That
Sound Operated by: Yael Crishna / Priyanka Babbar
Executive Producer: Niloufer Sagar

Age: 12 years & above
Ticket Price: ₹ 300
Tickets Available at Jagriti Box Office also online on Bookmyshow
Strictly no latecomers. No Transfers. No Refunds, Limited Parking.

Saturday | 24th June 2017 | 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM

Venue:
Jagriti Theatre
Palm Meadows,
Ramagondanahalli,
Varthur Main Rd,
Whitefield
Bangalore 560066.

Ananya Nruthyollasa – 44

Ananya Nruthyollasa – 44

Bharathanatyam by Sneha Devanandan
Disciple of Late Guru Mrs Padmini Ramachandran

Odissi by Sarita Mishra
Disciple of Guru Niranjan Rout , Padma Charan Dehuri and Shree Bichitrananda Swain

On Sunday, 25th June 2017 at 6.00 pm

Venue:
Seva Sadan
14th Cross, West Park Road,
Near Sai Mandir (Sampige Road)
Malleswaram,
Bengaluru 560 003.

Directions to the Venue : https://goo.gl/maps/yGqds