Looking for inspiration at some fun cultural events this week? Look no further than the Indian Summer event taking place until July 15.
Here's the rundown from SFU Woodwards:
Mrigya in Concert
DATE and TIME: Friday July 13 @ 8pm
Mrigya is a world music band from New Delhi. A rich blend of classical Hindustani, Qawwali, Blues and Jazz lends their music a unique texture woven by several cultures. Mrigya burst onto the international scene 11 years ago when they won the Herald Angel award for Best Music Act at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. They returned to the festival the following year, and won the Tap Water Award for music that promotes communal harmony. Since then, they have toured India and the world to much acclaim.
MJ Akbar in conversationTinderbox: India and its Neighbours, with MJ Akbar
DATE: Thursday July 12th
Talk only: 7pm
Indians and Pakistanis are of the same people: Why then have their nations moved on such different trajectories since freedom in 1947? Is Pakistan in danger of becoming a "jelly state," a country that constantly quivers on the edge of instability?
Two more chances to see a Sharmila Tagore film!
A Sharmila Tagore Film Retrospective - July 14th, and 15th at SFU's Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
Tickets: $5 per screening (+$1 film membership valid for all films)
Amar Prem (Immortal Love) 1972, directed by Shakti Samanta - Saturday July 14th at 7pm
Mississippi Masala 1991, directed by Mira Nair - Sunday, July 15th at 7pm
(free Bollywood and Bhangra dancing classes offered at 6pm before each screening)
Explore the Buddist Revival in India
DATE and TIME: Friday, July 13 @ 6pm
LOCATION: Studio D, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Simon Fraser University
The Buddhist revival in Asia, beginning in India, and spanning Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, China and Japan is one of the most remarkable pan-Asian cultural phenomenons of modern times. While the Buddhist revival in Asia evokes images of various places, persons and phenomena, Muslim ruling houses rarely figure in narratives about it. Join Nayanjot Lahiri as gives an illustrated talk, telling the little known story about Sanchi (the best preserved Buddhist monument in India) and the contribution of Sultan Jahan Begum of Bhopal to its revival and restoration. Event details.
Two not-to-be-missed literary events this weekend!
The Other Side of Silence, With Urvashi Butalia
Urvashi Butalia is a renowned Indian writer, publisher, feminist and historian. She was born in Ambala, Punjab, and studied in Delhi and London. She began her publishing career at Oxford University Press and Zed Books, London before returning to Delhi in 1984 to co-found Kali for Women, India's first feminist publishing house. Urvashi is now the director of Zubaan Books, an imprint of Kali.Event details
DATE and TIME: Sunday, July 15, 7pm
Three of BC's most celebrated young writers of distinctly different backgrounds discuss how their respective heritage and upbringing influence issues of identity, location and language. The talk will be moderated by Hal Wake, Artistic Director of the Vancouver International Writers Festival. Event details
To learn more about Indian Summer, A Festival of Arts and Ideas see: IndianSummerFestival.ca