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Screening of documentary film on Begum Akhtar “In Praise of that Angel Face”

April 16, 2017

Screening of documentary film on Begum Akhtar “In Praise of that Angel Face”

Directed by Mr.Nirmal Chander Dandriyal
Produced by Sangeet Natak Academi
Screening organized by Bangalore International Centre (A Teri Initiative)

About the film
Zikr Uss Pari vash Ka. One of the last legendary courtesans of India: Begum Akhtar was a well known singer of ghazal, dadra and thumri genres of Hindustani classical music. Her voice was unique, pain adding richness and depth as the years went by. Rendering them in her inimitable style, she ensured that ghazal singing received due respect and she came to be called Malika-e-Ghazal (Queen of the Ghazal), reaching unparalleled heights in a world that threatened to marginalize courtesans. Zikr Us Parivash Ka (In Praise of that Angel Face) weaves together the accounts of those who remember her with the highest praise.

NIRMAL CHANDER DANDRIYAL has been working in the field of documentary film making for the last 18 years. He started his career as an editor; the films edited by him have travelled to many international festivals and have received awards. He made his directorial debut in 2008 with ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE (60 min), a documentary on an internationally famous performance group called Sidi Goma.

The film has been to many international festivals and has won 5 awards. His second film DREAMING TAJ MAHAL (51 min), his own production, is about a Pakistani taxi driver who dreams of visiting India to realise his childhood dream. The film won a National award for promoting peace and harmony across hostile borders. It has been screened at many international festivals and won National Award 2012 and the Silver Conch in international feature length competition section at MIFF 2012, Mumbai. His third film SAB LILA I-1AI (63 min) is about two politicians trying to wrench control of a local Ramlila, famous for its Hindu-Muslim unity, in order to increase their vote bank. All three films were telecast on Doordarshan or NDTV 24X7. His fourth film WE THE CHANGE (29mins) is a series of conversations with school children: parents and teachers exploring how they negotiate morals and ethics in their daily lives. His fifth film THE FACE BEHIND THE MASK (54 min) is on the life and struggle of a fifth generation Seraikella Chhau dancer: Shashadhar Acharya. His latest film ZIKR US PARIVASH KA/In Praise of That Angel Face (64 min) is on the legendary ghazal singer, Begum Akhtar. It weaves together the accounts of those who remember Begum Akhtar with undimmed fondness and warmth despite the passage of years.

Dr. Girish Karnad
Girish Raghunath Karnad (born 19 May 1938) is an actor: film director, writer playwright and a Rhodes Scholar , who predominantly works in South Indian cinema and Boll ywood. His rise as a playwright in 1960s, marked the coming of age of modern Indian playwriting in Kannada. He is a recipient of the 1998 Jnanpith Award, the highest literary honour conferred in India. For four decades Karnad has been composing plays: often using history and mythology to tackle contemporary issues.

He has translated his plays into English and has received acclaim. His plays have been directed by directors like Ebrahim Alkazi, B V Karanth, Alyque Padam see Prasanna: Arvind Gaur, Satyadev Dubey: Vijay Mehta, Shyamanand Jalan, Amal Allana and Zafer Mohiuddin. He is active in the world of Indian cinema working as an actor: director: and screenwriter, in Hindi and Kannada cinema, earning awards along the way. He was conferred Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan by the Government of India and won four Filmfare Awards, of which three are for Best Director — Kannada and the fourth a Filmfare Best Screenplay Award.

Mr.Nirmal Chander Dandriyal will be in conversation with Dr.Girish Karnad

Mr.Nirmal Chander Dandriyal, Director of the film will be present to interact with the audience after the screening

Duration of film: 64 Minutes
Language: Hindi and Urdu with English Subtitles

Screening on Wednesday | 19th April 2017 | 6.30 PM

Bangalore International Centre,
TERI Complex,
4th Main, 2nd Cross,
Domlur II Stage,
Bangalore – 560 071

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