New vision for
Punjabi film Anhey Ghorhey Da Daan (AGDD), based on a
novel by Punjabi novelist Gurdial Singh, has created ripples at
various film festivals, be it at Venice, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong or
Germany. It will now be screened at the Museum of Modern Art,
New York, later this month. The film made waves at the National
Film Awards by winning the award for the best director as well
as the best cinematography.
Gurdial Singh terms the
movie, "A milestone for Punjabi cinema for its historic,
authentic and realistic portrayal of the ‘other’ Punjab." For
Gurvinder Singh, the young director of the film who has given Punjabi
cinema a new idiom, it is a proud moment.
In an interview,
Gurvinder Singh talks of his cinematic journey to Aruti Nayar
Singh Sandhu, the
well-known short story writer IN Punjabi, describes Gurvinder
Singh’s film Anhey Ghorhey Da Daan, based on a novel by
Gurdial Singh as "a great gift to Punjabi cinema". "It
is a miracle wrought by Gurvinder," he says. It got many awards
and honours that had never come to a Punjabi film before.
slice of Asian cinema
The 12th edition of
the Osian’s Cinefan festival screened contemporary films of
significance from across the world. The festival celebrated as many as
15 world, eight international, 104 Indian and 13 Asian premieres
Shoma A. Chatterji
and rarest artefacts and publicity material from Hollywood and World
Cinema were on display at the annual Cinefan film memorabilia auction
during the 12th edition of Osian’s Cinefan Film Festival held
recently. The festival, showcases the best of Asian, Arab and Indian
cinema, was held in collaboration with the government of NCT of Delhi.
The region has seen a
lot of strife and bloodshed but there are numerous traditions of peace
and cultural pluralism that are thriving. Why not focus on these when
we build memorials? We should be conscious of our responsibility
towards the future generations
the past few years there has been a splurge in the construction of
several significant memorials and museums on certain select facets of
the history of Punjab. The most ambitious among these are the Khalsa
Heritage Memorial, Wada Ghalughara at Kup Rahiran in Sangrur district,
Chhota Ghalughara in Chak Abdalwari in Gurdaspur district and
Chhaparchiri in S.A.S. Nagar (Mohali).
of the wild
Mudumalai Game Reserve
is a sanctuary for both elephants and tigers. Situated in dense bamboo
forests, this tropical jungle is also home to many other species
strides majestically into view, her calf trailing along. At the edge
of the forest, she stops and surveys the road before leading her calf
onto the macadam. All cars stop to let her pass. She makes sure to
flank her baby securely until they both have crossed the road into the
other side of the forest. She turns back and trumpets, her trunk held
high, as if to tell us to go. But some visitors don’t move.
of caffeinated energy drinks mixed with alcohol may persuade
college-going adults to casual, often risky, sex, according to a new
study from the University at Buffalo’s Research Institute. The
study found that college students, who consumed alcohol mixed with
energy drinks (AmEDs), were more likely to report having a casual
partner and/or being intoxicated during their recent sexual encounter.
Colourful birds evolve
BIRDS with multiple
versions of their colour patterns evolved into new species more
quickly than those with uniform plumage, Australian researchers
revealed in a significant genetic study published recently. The University of
Melbourne research, published in Nature, found that birds with more
than one version of its markings such as the Gouldian finch, which can
have a red, black or yellow head, "rapidly" evolved into new
Secret credit cards
MORE than one million
people of Britain have a secret credit card they use to hide
extravagant purchases from their partner, a new study has revealed.
Women generally use it to buy clothes and shoes, while men often use
theirs to buy expensive gadgets and alcohol.