Sunday, February 01, 2015

You Caught My Eye - Disapora Feb 2015

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Ragamala Dance: Song of the Jasmine

8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at Maryland
University of Maryland, University Boulevard and Stadium Drive, College Park, MD

Zakir Hussain: Celtic Connections
Tabla master Zakir Hussain has long explored other cultures, and his newest project, Celtic Connections, makes its U.S. tour debut, pairing the beautiful and flowing melodies of Celtic instruments including bodhran, violin, pipes, flutes and whistles with tabla, bamboo flute, and Carnatic (south Indian) violin, providing a musical experience that explores common threads with sounds rarely heard together. “Musicians are the same the world over
Lisner Auditorium
8 p.m March 17th 2015

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Opens March 6th 2015 


'Monsoon' is my love letter to India. I've been romanced by the idea of monsoon since I can remember. I've travelled often and extensively throughout India, am married into a big Indian family and have long dreamed of experiencing the monsoon, so when (producer) Ina Fichman offered me the opportunity to make a film about it I jumped. I guess it's kind of personal on many levels. For one thing, I love weather, and I especially love big weather. Something about it brings me a feeling of mystery and awe that's as close to god as this non-believer will likely ever get. I've lived in India and made a film there (Such A Long Journey) and experienced how challenging and, on the face of it, impossible, everything can be there. Even a trip across town can be a whole-day affair. And despite this, in every photograph I've seen of myself in India, I have a big smile on my face. It's just something about the place, and especially the people, that makes me feel that, in spite of all the obstacles, things are possible. That sense of the possibility, of faith, is what drew me to this project. I saw in the monsoon an awful, beautiful, unfathomable phenomenon and wanted to both experience and meditate on it.
Sturla Gunnarsson Director of Monsoon

Monsoon is part of the 23rd annual Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, March 17-29, with more than 150 films from 31 countries at over 60 venues. Details at 

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