Shimla: Indian Institute of Advanced Study has renovated old fire station complex. The old structure which housed fire station, post office, squash court and swimming pool besides a garage during British era has been renovated into a book shop-cum- souvenir shop, court gallery and a mini pool theatre.
Pool theatre will be inaugurated tomorrow at 5 p.m. by Secretary, Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development Vibha Puri Das. The inauguration will be followed by a film festival, which the IIAS is organising on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, novelist, playwright, poet, musician, artist, social reformer and a central figure in the Indian nationalist movement. This three day film festival is based on his short stories and novels that have been adapted into films by Bengali filmmakers. The following films will be screened from 29th April to 1st May: Charulata, Ghaire Bahire, Teen Kanya, by Satyajit Ray and Rabindranath Tagore, a documentary by Satyajit Ray, courtesy the National Films Division of India, Mumbai. Other films include, Streer Patra by Purnendra Patrea, Khudita Pashan and Kabuliwalla by Tapan Sinha, Khokababur Pratyabartan by Agradoot, Bou Thakuranir Haat by Naresh Mitra, Choker Bali by Rituporno Ghosh and Laboratory by Raja Sen.
Though i’seen most of the films but still how much i wish i was there! Dad’s vinyl record collection’s “Kabuliwalla” song still resonates in me…”Ae mere pyare watan,Ae mere bichde chaman ,tujh pe dil kurban…”
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