What: Recipient of the Oscar Award for Best Documentary, Features, Academy Awards 1988; and Lillian Gish Award for Excellence in Documentary, Los Angeles Women in Film Festival 1987 – The Ten-Year Lunch: The Wit and Legend of the Algonquin Round Table is being screened by India International Centre. Throughout the “Roaring ’20s,” a flock of the decade’s most vibrant writers gathered daily to dine at New York City’s Algonquin Hotel. Here the likes of Edna Ferber, Dorothy Parker, George S. Kaufman and Harpo Marx socialized and philosophized while crafting works that captured the era’s high-class ambitions and ultimate decadence. In this Oscar-winning documentary, Aviva Slesin uses the Round Table as a focal point to explore how the Jazz Age shaped these artists’ relationships and lives.
When: May 24 – 30
Where: Website of India International Centre
What: Paying homage and celebrating the legacy of composer Vanraj Bhatia, India Habitat Centre has curated a small programme of his films as homage. Bhatia was a composer par excellence. He is famously credited with his enriching and expansive contributions to the New Wave Cinema in India. From Govind Nihalani in Tamas, to Shyam Benegal in Ankur; from Aparna Sen in 36 Chowringhee Lane to Vidhu Vinod Chopra in Khamosh, and with Vijaya Mehta, Kundan Shah, Prakash Jha; you name it, his music deepened the debuts and the corpus of many up and the coming filmmakers. With a formal training in Western music (he was a student of the legendary French composition teacher, Nadia Boulanger), he is the best-known composer of Western classical music in India. Bhatia composed music for some of the iconic plays that were produced at the National School of Drama.
Where: Website of India Habitat Centre
What: Artist Dilip Ranade invites you to enter his world of morphed human-animal figurations, an exploration of the absurd, a lingering legacy of Dadaist disturbance and Surreal subversion. Ranade presents in his watercolours a phantasmic situation using the luminescent quality of his medium to enhance emerging dream-like mythologies. His works can be viewed in the exhibition titled ‘Figurations at Twilight’.
Where: Website of Gallery Threshold