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Book Launch of India Conquered; Actor Barun Chanda Present at the Event

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The book launch of India Conquered took place at Oxford Bookstore in the august presence of actor Barun Chanda, writer Jon Wilson, Anjum Katyal and others.

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The book India Conquered shows how many of the institutions that shaped twentieth century India, Bangladesh and Pakistan were built in response to the British power. The result is an engaging story important for any individual who wants to understand the history of the empires and the origins of the contemporary South Asian society. The book is a nuanced novel which gives insights on the infirmities of the British Raj which were otherwise considered to be regal and sovereign.

The writer read important passages of the book, following which a discussion took place at the same event.

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Bollywood Actor Om Puri Graces Kolkata Exhibition Stone – Being and Becoming; An Effort to Honor The Rickshaw Wallas Of Kolkata

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The City of Joy played host to veteran Bollywood actor Om Puri as he returned to Kolkata after 24 years to relive his iconic role in Roland Joffe’s The City of Joy. The actor, along with actress Swastika Mukherjee, CEO and President of Apollo Hospitals Dr Rupali Basu and internationally renowned photographer Kounteya Sinha hosted 50 rickshaw walas at The Harrington Street Arts Centre in the photographer’s latest show Stone – Being and Becoming. The evening was also attended by writer Anjum Katyal, actress Shreya Pandey, and director of Oxford Bookstore Maina Bhagat.

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Adorning himself with a chequered gamcha, the actor went on to speak about his experiences playing the iconic part of farmer Hasari Pal who moves his family to Kolkata to start a new life and then becomes a rickshaw walah in The City of Joy. The actor went on to add, “Rickshaw is an intrinsic part of the history of Kolkata’s. It should never die. It can be a massive tourist draw if Bengal markets them. They can take tourists to the most interesting by-lanes of Kolkata. Look at what Hong Kong has done with their rickshaws. Even in Kolkata they should be allowed to function in areas where they are not a hindrance.”

The actor also recounted how he feels that the government should provide an alternate plan to rickshaw wallas of the city for their survival.

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Actress Swastika Mukherjee said “I think it is a wonderful idea of Kounteya to pay tribute to the rickshaw wallas of Kolkata. They are an intrinsic part of the city.”

Stone – Being and Becoming will continue till July 6.

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Celebrities at Inter-School Shakespeare Festival; A Three Day Event Engaging Students

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With an aim to engage students through an active way of learning, engaging, ideating and participating, AHAVA Communications along with South City International School organized the Inter-School Shakespeare Festival at the school auditorium.

The inaugural ceremony of the festival took place at Starmark, South City Mall. The Principal of the host school, South City International School, Mr John Bagul, inaugurated the festival while Ms Ushoshi Sengupta, Miss Universe India (2010), was the Guest of Honour. The inauguration has been supported by Education Trust for All.

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The formal opening was followed by a panel discussion titled, “Is Shakespeare Contemporary?” The eminent speakers included actor Barun Chanda, Professor Anand Lal, Ms Ramanjit Kaur,  Ms Nivedita Bhattacharjee and Mr Vikram Iyengar. The panel was moderated by the Co-Director of the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (AKLF), Ms. Anjum Katyal.

Speaking at the onset of the panel discussion, Ushoshi Sengupta, recounted her experience of reading Shakespeare as a child and said she believes that Shakespeare is one dramatist who will always be loved by all.

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Actor Barun Chanda too said that he believed that Shakespeare is contemporary. The well known actor went on to speak of his college days when he tried to play Hamlet where he “quietly slipped into the character,” by the end of the drama.

The inauguration was followed by a three day festival at South City International School auditorium. The festival concluded with a prize distribution ceremony where the principal of the host school Mr. John Bagul gave way the prizes. The prize for the best drama was won by St. James School. The best script and costume awards were won by Sri Sri Academy and St. James School respectively. The best actor of the play session was Varij Khanna from South City International School. The winner of the art competition was Karini Anand from Loreto House and the overall champion of the festival was St. James School.​

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Zee Bangla Cinema Originals all Set Make Valentine’s Day Special for the Young Hearts with its New Presentation ” JUDHISHTHIR”

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Zee Bangla Cinema Originals is back yet again with a new film for the audiences this coming Valentine’s Day. The film is Judhishthir directed by Ayan Chakraborti.

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A scientist of great repute Kushal Kumar Roy invents “Judhishthir” – the medicine that allows one to speak nothing but the truth. Just as the medicine can do good in good hands; similarly it can turn the world into hell if it falls in bad hands. Kushal Kumar Roy turns into a complete insane person overnight. 15 years later political leader Atanu Shil, backed up by Chinese terrorist Dyang Da Da Dhyang, wants to take hold of Kushal’s science lab. But why is this plan hatched? Is the medicine “Judhishthir” still inside the laboratory?

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Indrasish Roy, Ridhima Ghosh, Mrinal Mukherjee, Arindol Bagchi, Lama, Aditi Ray will be seen in pivotal roles in this upcoming Bengali film.
DOP of the film is Basab Mallik while the editing has been handled by Bodhaditya Banerjee. Debajyoti Mishra has composed the music. Art Direction is by Sudip Bhattacharya while the script and story is by Ayan Chakraborti.

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The film Judhishthir will be aired on 14th February at 9pm on Zee Bangla Cinema.

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Aparna Sen Makes a Debut in Hindi films as Director with Saari Raat

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Ace director Aparna Sen has made her debut in Hindi films as a director with Saari Raat. The film is based on a play written by ace playwright Badal Sircar. The premiere of this film took place at Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (AKLF) on the day of the inauguration.

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The event also saw the release of the book “Badal Sircar: Towards a Theatre of Conscience”. The book is a full length study about the life and works of the ace playwright. Aparna Sen, Anjan Dutt, Anjum Katyal were present at the launch of this book on the playwright.

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Badal Sircar brought theatre to the streets and masses in India. Aparna Sen spoke at length about how she was inspired by Sircar’s work for making her Hindi film debut. The film had gone to many premiere film festivals all over the world namely New York Indian Film festival (May 2015), London Indian Film Festival (July 2015), Indian International Film Festival of Tampa Bay, Florida (August 2015), DC South Asian Film Festival (September 2015) and Jagran Film Festival (October 2015).

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Started in 2010, the Apeejay Surrendra Group and Oxford Bookstore on Park Street have started this festival as part of the bookstore’s year round involvement with writers, publishers and books. Eminent personalities like Ben Okri, Shobhaa De, Ruchir Joshi, Meera Syal, Ravinder Singh, Durjoy Datta, Shatrughan Sinha were present at this festival.

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This multi-faceted event had several stimulating components designed to give visitors and the audience an enriching experience with a blend of literature, culture, art and heritage.

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