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Jai Ho Democracy Queen of Katwe
March 2017

Dear Member,

We thank you for your engagement and support for the various cultural initiatives in February. And it is with renewed enthusiasm that we are headed to welcome March into our midst, with a host of exciting programmes.

We are delighted to announce the first edition of the ten-day Habitat International Film Festival (HIFF 2017) all set to begin on 24 March. The selection at HIFF-2017 (from 24 March-April 2) focuses on films unsettling standard expectations, winning critical acclaim making a mark in the film festival circuit, and fetching important recognitions. The festival aims at creating a sustainable platform in Delhi, which in terms of line up and viewer engagement becomes an indispensable forum in the cultural calendar of the national capital. This will not be possible without the active support of IHC members, Habitat Film Club members, Embassies, like-minded institutions and the people of Delhi.

ILF Samanvay, the Indian Languages Festival of IHC, will hold its first bimonthly initiative of the year on 8 March marking World Women’s Day. The life and the body of work of    C.S. Lakshmi (pseudonym Ambai), feminist-author, translator and the Founder of Sparrow, Mumbai, is the focus of the programme. Senior literary editor Karthika VK will be in conversation with C.S. Lakshmi. This will be followed by performative readings of select extracts from Sparrow’s translations, and Natyadharmi theatre group presenting Ambai’s play Crossing the Rivers, directed by K.S. Rajendran.

The last edition of IHC Morning Ragas of this season scheduled on 5 March features Sarod musician Ayaan Ali Bangash. On 12 March, IHC Holi will celebrate the jubilant spirit of the festival with eminent singer Meeta Pandit’s Holi songs, leading to a Kathak ensemble by the Guru Shovana Narayan’s Asavari Repertory titled Colours of Holi: Celebration of Life!

In the theatre segment, we have the ongoing The Best of Collegiate Theatre Festival-2017 allowing the maturing of fine theatre talent from the collegiate theatre societies till 5 March, Ambai’s Crossing the Rivers on 8 March and a Stand Up Comedy performance by Manish Tyagi on 18 March.  There is much to look forward to in the widely acclaimed NTLive Broadcast of Amadeus on 4 March based on the infamous rivalry between court composer Antonio Salieri and the legendary composer Mozart.

A tribute to gifted actor Om Puri (1959-2017) with the screening of the political satire Jai Ho Democracy (2015) is among the highlights of the Habitat Film Club activities of the month. Scheduled for 5 March, the filmmakers will be present for a question and answer session after the screening. Exciting subscription options are available for IHC members and students to enrol in the film club.
We look forward to your regular participation and feedback.

The Programmes Team

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