October 28, 2017 12:42:41 am
It has been 60 years since India signed a cultural agreement with Japan. 2017 is also the year of Japan-India Friendly Exchanges. A cornucopia of cinema, dance and music from makes up the Japan Festival, which was inaugurated on October 27. Events will run across the city till December.
“Indian audiences are curious about Japanese culture, but the information or access here in India is very limited,” said Misako Futuski, Director, Arts and Cultural Exchange, Japan Foundation, Delhi.
A star performer is Japanese jazz pianist, composer and producer Makoto Kuriya’s Ensemble, who performs on October 28. Sunday features Wasabi, an instrumental music group known for popularising traditional music among the youth.
A series of films from the country and a retrospective of Akira Kurosawa are among the highlights. Director Yoshinori Sato’s Her Mother, selected for the Dharamshala Film Festival this year, will be screened on October 31. It is a story of a mother dealing with daughter’s death and her obsession with the murderer in a bid to know the motive. Sato will engage in a post-screening discussion with Cinema Studies professor Ira Bhaskar. Kurosawa’s classics, Seven Samurai (1954), Throne of Blood (1957), Yojimbo (1961), and Red Beard (1965), will be screened in November. For the first time in India, 15 recent releases from Japan will be screened at Sangam Courtyard. Some of the movies are In this Corner of the World (2016), Honnuoji Hotel (2017) and Her Love Boils Bathwater (2016).
The festival closes in December with Goyokai, a dance featuring five celebrated performers from different schools and family lineages of Nihon Buyou. There will be a fusion of Goyokai, Kathak and Indian classical music.
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