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Roots

'Yarwng' or Roots is the story of suffering and sacrifice of that which is of lesser importance for greater good. Viewers are taken to the North-Eastern state of Tripura where creation of a dam for producing electricity must mean displacement of villagers bordering the rivers on which the project will be built. The suddenness of situation does not let villagers even soak in the ramifications this will have on their way of life, they must pack and leave towards an uncertain future, leaving behind that which is not essential, material and relationships including. This tears apart the lovers Karmati and Wakhiri on the eve of their marriage to pursue their separate ways. Will a future meeting heal the scars left by events beyond one's control ?

 

Meena Debbarma in Yarwng

Meena Debbarma in 'Yarwng'

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When I first received information about the narration of Indian tale 'King and the corpse', I was not so sure about its Indian roots for a story with a corpse in its title sounded morbid, unfit for general public consumption and very non-Hindu* like. As I read further, I realized that the story in question was Vikram and Baital. Suddenly, my childhood memories of sitting in front of Door-Darshan watching Ramanand Sagar's 'Vikram Aur Baitaal' came flooding in along with a burst of nostalgic enthusiasm and intrigue.

 

Le roi et le cadavre

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City of Paris is undoubtedly one of the most expensive metropolitans to live in. However festival fun does not always have to come with a high price tag. Here's a selection of some free activities to suit everyone- whether you are young or old, artistic or sportive, recluse or adventurous, shopaholic or environment conscious or a bit of everything !

 

Free and Fun Xmas

 

Don't forget to check out Indian events for the month. If you are one of those who wish to live life to the fullest never mind a few loose purse-stings, go and indulge in some capital fun, the Parisian way.

Read more: Monthly E-motions- December of free festive fun

   

When Nawabs Come Calling Paris- the history

The prominence of the city of Lucknow came in 18th and 19th centuries under the reign of the Nawabs as they were great patrons of art, music, poetry, dance and architecture. Saint-Hubert Théroulde, an early French traveller to Lucknow between 1838 and 1840, remarked that in Lucknow, one could find statues of Hercules, Apollo, Venus and Shepherds and shepherdess of Louis XIV and Louis XV and that once accustomed to the natives and their dresses, one could believe himself to be in Paris.

 

La Porte du Lal Bagh, Faizabad

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With its composite nature of Mughal roots and European influences during the colonial era, Lucknow comes to Paris to recreate its Nawabi splendour of en era gone by through more than 200 works including oil paintings, water colour painting, engravings, miniature paintings of Indian courts, textiles and other decorative objets d'art, gold work, glass work and jewellery.

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Anwar Hussain is at the heart of the orchestra Bollywood Maharadjahs- a first of its kind of live Bollywood style orchestra in France with its base in Paris. Hussain comes from a family that traces its musical roots back to twelve generations some of whom have enjoyed the patronage of the royal courts of Rajasthan.

 

Anwar Hussain & the Bollywood Maharadjahs
© Pascale Duhamel

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