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Screening for all

Screening for all
Over the past six decades, Sangeet Natak Akademi has built up an archive of audio and video tapes, photographs, slides and films on the performing arts. Documentary films in the archive have been screened for the general and specialised audiences from time to time. In 2005, an initiative was taken to exhibit the films on a regular basis. The first fortnightly screening was held on 24 June 2005 at the Sahitya Akademi Auditorium, New Delhi. Two films on Ustad Allauddin Khan and Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, both directed by Hari Das Gupta were shown on that occasion.

Sanchayan is a new initiative of the Akademi to share its collections with those who relish the performing arts through the screening of video recordings. Sanchayan’s first series of films were screened between 14 February - 19 May 2014, and included – performing art forms of Lakshadweep,  Adhe Adhure, Mand Mahotsava, Ang Tarang: Mayurbhanj Chhau, Chhayanatak, Sankirtana and Chhau. Some of the screenings concluded with an interaction between the artists featured in the film and the audience.  The next show that you wouldn’t want to miss would be Flying Crane and Antim Adhyay choreograohed by Narendra Sharma. To give you a top up on the shows, here’s a quick synopsis.

Flying Crane is a tribute to the migrating Siberian cranes visiting our land yearly after covering long distances — a continuous beautiful event of nature. Inspiration has been also drawn from Tagore’s poem written in 1916 in Kashmir.

Antim Adhyaya (The Last Chapter) Visual images of the episodes and situation of life till man becomes the victim of the end - Death. He dares death with his courage but finally has to accept it.

The episodes follow one after the other as follows: The Last Journey, Mourning Women, Death as Ritual, Victim of Speed, Death in Emotional Triangle, Man and Machine, Conquering Death and the finale - Last Journey of Fulfilled Man based on one of the last poems of Rabindranath Tagore - In front lies the ocean of peace....

Flying Crane & Antim Adhyay
: 26 July, 4 pm
Kallol (Play in Bengali) : 9 August, 4 pm
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