As part of a city-wide celebration of Indian culture, the Museum, with the support of the Indian Cultural Society, is proud to present a weekend of art, film, music, and dance to coincide with local exhibitions including the exhibition, Faces of India: Sculpture from the Collection of the Callahan Family, at the Museum through October 2.
FRIDAY // SEPTEMBER 30 // 6 pm
Sholay (1975, 192 minutes, Hindi with English subtitles) is an Indian action adventure film produced by G.P. Sippy and directed by his son Ramesh Sippy. It is considered among the greatest films in the history of Indian cinema. Shot in the rocky terrain of Ramanagara, Karnataka, the film tells the story of two criminals hired to capture a ruthless gangster by the name of Gabbar Singh.
Sholay achieved a still-standing record of 60 golden jubilees (50 consecutive weeks) and it was the first film in the history of Indian cinema to celebrate a silver jubilee (25 weeks) at over a hundred theaters across India. In 2005, Indiatimes ranked the movie amongst the "Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films".That same year, the judges of the 50th annual Filmfare Awards gave it a special award — Best Film of 50 Years. The film topped the British Film Institute's poll of "Top 10 Indian Films" of all time.
SUNDAY // OCTOBER 2 // 2-4 pm
To celebrate Gandhi Jayanti, a National Indian holiday honoring the birthdate of Mahatma Gandhi, the Indian Cultural Society continues its support of Educational Programs that further the knowledge of Indian art and culture through a program of traditional Indian dance and music.
The evening will feature performances by local dance troupes and musicians from the Indian community.
SUNDAY // OCTOBER 2 // 4:30 pm
Pather Panchali (1955, 115 minutes, B& W, Bengali with English subtitles) is a Bengali drama film written and directed by Satyajit Ray and produced by the Government of the Indian state of West Bengal. Based on Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay's Bengali 1929 novel of the same name, the film was the directorial debut of Ray. The first film of The Apu Trilogy, it depicts the childhood of the protagonist Apu in the rural countryside of Bengal in the 1920s.
Though the film had a shoestring budget, featured mostly amateur actors, and was made by an inexperienced crew, Pather Panchali was a critical and popular success. Influenced by Italian neorealism, Satyajit Ray developed his own style of lyrical realism in this film. The first movie from independent India to attract major international critical attention, Pather Panchali won "Best Human Document" at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival, establishing Satyajit Ray as a major international filmmaker. Pather Panchali is today considered one of the greatest films ever made.