First Pondicherry International Film Festival

The festival organized by Pickurflick and Puducherry Tourism Department, which will begin on September 26, will be hosted at Puducherry. The inaugural edition of the festival will focus on the cinema, art, and culture of France, which is the partner country for the five-day long event. The mega festival will also promote Puducherry as a tourist destination.

‘Sangita Kalanidhi’ award for Aruna Sairam

Carnatic vocalist Aruna Sairam has been selected for this year’s ‘Sangita Kalanidhi’ award of the Music Academy. Veteran Mridangam artiste ‘Thanjavur’ R Ramadas was selected for the ‘Sangita Kala Acharya’ award. The ‘Sangita Kalanidhi’ and other music awards would be presented at the ‘Sadas’ of the music festival on January 1, 2019.

Telangana allocates 15 Cr for Bonalu festival

Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao instructed officials to release Rs. 15 crore for organising Bonalu festival. Bonalu is an annual festival of Telangana celebrated in twin cities Hyderabad and Secunderabad and other parts of Telangana. It is celebrated in the month of Ashada Masam, in July/August. The current governor of Telangana is E. S. L. Narasimhan.

Sindhu Darshan Festival begins in Ladakh

The 3-day annual 22nd Sindhu Darshan Festival will be celebrated on the bank of Indus River in Ladakh region of J&K. The Festival organised by Sindhu Darshan Yatra Samiti & will be inaugurated by RSS General Secretary Bhaiya Ji. The programme is focused on national integration, communal harmony, and national pride. It was started by the former Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani in 1997.

Theatre personality Sukracharya passes away

Noted Assamese theatre personality Sukracharya Rabha, famed for his open-air theatre festival, died on 9th May. Rabha founded ‘Badungduppa’, a rural-based theatre centre at his village Rampur. Rabha promoted the Rabha culture and the language using theatre as a medium.

Pawel Pawlikowski won the best director award

Poland’s Pawel Pawlikowski won the best director award at the 2018 Cannes film festival for his love story “Cold War”. Cold War is the 1st Polish film to compete for the Palme d’Or award since Roman Polanski’s ‘The Pianist’ scooped up the major award in 2002. Set against the background of the Cold War in the 1950’s in Poland, the film depicts an impossible love story in impossible times.

Shoplifters won Palme d’Or 2018

The Japanese family drama Shoplifters has received the coveted award for best film, the ‘Palme d’Or’, at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. ‘Shoplifters’ has been hailed as a modest masterpiece from a veteran filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda that centres on a small-time thief who takes a young girl home to his family. The Palme d’Or is the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival.

Anindita got Jayadev Rashtriya Yuva Puraskar

US-based Kathak dancer Anindita Anaam was honoured with the prestigious ‘Shri Jayadev Rashtriya Yuva Pratibha Puraskar 2018’ for outstanding contribution to the field of art. The award was presented to the Kathak exponent during the ‘Jayadev International Dance Festival’. The festival is organised under the aegis of Odisha’s culture department and National Culture Mission.

Children’s theatre festival in Kolkata

7 : Children of various theatre groups from eight countries besides host India will take part in an International Children’s Theatre Festival in the Kolkata. The eight countries are France, Slovenia, Swaziland, Mexico, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh. The festival, organised by the ‘Kolkata Eso Natak Shikhi’, is based on the theme “Safe Drive Save Life, Save Kids’ Life”.

Delhi to host Festival of Bharat

Delhi will host a six-day-long Festival of Bharat between May 9 and May 14 as a 21st century tribute to the majesty and depth of India’s civilization. The event will be held at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) in New Delhi. Scholars, Grammy award winning artistes, rising new stars and prominent public figures will be in attendance.