Telling and Retelling
Indian Novels Collective continues their journey to explore the deep bonds between Indian literature and cinema and the interpretation and re-interpretation of timeless classic Indian stories through Indian cinema. At the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival we brought audiences more readings from Indian Novels and their tantalising, visual counterparts. Neena Gupta read from Suraj ka Satvan Ghoda, a novella by Dharamveer Bharti, Vivek Oberoi from Chimmeen by T S Pillai and Priyanka Setia from Pinjar by Amrita Pritam. Do look out for the short video clips of their readings.
Literature As Folk Tradition
At Indian Novels Collective, our effort is to transcend the gap between Indian storytelling and English readers. In collaboration with the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, we explored the word that is almost lost to this audience because it does not get written. And yet, it is the most powerful storytelling, connecting to audiences across generations, through the use of music and a true to life imagery. Three genres from India were highlighted in the evening’s performance – the earthy and energetic Bidesia from Bhojpuri, Hindustani Classical Music in the form of Ovis of Bhanibai and Laavni and finally Mithali folk. Here’s a look at the Rameshwar Gop’s rehearsal video, just before the show.