Watching movies can break barriers of colour and culture, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore said here while inaugurating the European Union Film Festival.
Rathore on Monday inaugurated the gala, where 24 latest European movies are being screened from 23 European countries. The festival, which opened with Slovakian movie “Little Harbour”, will traverse through 11 cities in India, read a PIB statement.
Rathore said the charm in watching a film is in seeing the story as well as meeting people, and that is the essence of a film festival. He said that though people across the border vary by skin colour and culture, they are one people, and that watching films breaks these barriers and the story gets communicated to the people of any country.
He said even if the language of the film is not understood, the emotion in a film is understood through the body language.
The fest is organised by the Directorate of Film Festivals, partnering with the delegation of the European Union and embassies of EU member states in various city film clubs. It has movies from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden.
Sanskrit is one of the oldest languages known to mankind It is also believed to be the most systematic and technical language of all. It is also referred to as the mother of all languages and is the only language that is used in holy functions and ceremonies of the Hindus, as it has always been regarded as the sacred language of the religion and gods. Sanskrit mantras, when recited in combination with the sound vibrations, have a specific effect on the mind and the psyche of the individual.
Sanskrit is the vehicle through which we have been fortunate to be gifted with the Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagvat Gita, and the two great epics Ramayana and Mahabharata. It is the only language that is used in holy functions and ceremonies of the Hindus, as it has always been regarded as the sacred language of the religion. Sanskrit mantras, when recited in combination with the sound vibrations, have a specific effect on the mind and the psyche of the individual.
10 Interesting Facts About the Sanskrit Language
Sanskrit language when recited is no less than a beautiful melody is a mystery in itself. Here are 10 interesting facts about the Sanskrit Language.
1. The Language of the Gods
Sanskrit was considered as ‘DEV BHASHA’ or ‘DEVAVANI’, the Language of the Gods by ancient Indians. The script is called DEVNAGARI which means used in the cities of the Gods. It was believed to have been generated by the god Brahma who passed it to the Rishis (sages) living in celestial abodes, who then communicated the same to their earthly disciples from where it spread on earth.
2. The oldest language in the world
Sanskrit is believed to be one of the oldest languages in the world. The Vedas, the oldest extant texts in any language, were written in Sanskrit. The earliest form of Sanskrit language was Vedic Sanskrit that came approximately around 1500B.C, a period when knowledge was imparted orally through generations.
3. An innovative language
An old, yet, a highly technical, systematic language of the world. Following research, a report given by the NASA scientist, Rick Briggs, Sanskrit is one of the most suitable languages for computers. It is considered to be very efficient in making algorithms.
4. A language without a default script
Sanskrit did not have a “default” script (like Devanagari- Hindi) until very recently, i.e. less than 200 years back. It was written by everyone in the regional script of their region, in over two dozen scripts. This may make it the language that has been written in the most number of scripts.
Sanskrit culture had a great reluctance towards writing, and this continued for at least a millennium before the first texts were penned. Yet there are as many as 30 million Sanskrit manuscripts with around 7 million manuscripts preserved in India itself. This precisely means that the magnitude of work in Sanskrit surpasses that of Greek and Latin put together!
5. Sanskrit Newspapers and Radios
Sanskrit daily news and newspapers exist even today. It is the language of more than 90 weeklies, fortnightlies, and quarterlies published across India. Gujarat started publishing Vartman Patram and Vishwasya Vrittantam five years back and an all India Radio has been broadcasting daily news in Sanskrit once a day since the year 1974. ‘Sudharma’, the newspaper is published out of Mysore, a historic city in Karnataka, India. It has been running since 1970 and is now available online as an e-paper.
6. Sanskrit speaking hamlets
There are still many villages in India where Sanskrit is still the primary language of communication. The villagers also insist the visitors converse in Sanskrit with them. Banter, greetings, quarrels on the streets, teaching – it’s all in Sanskrit here.
7. A Spiritual Language
The word “Sanskrit’ is a combination of two words – “Sanskar’ and “Krit’; “Krit’ meaning “Inculcating’ and “Sanskar’ meaning “Essence of Moral Values’. Thus Sanskrit means a language that has the capacity to indoctrinate higher values in an individual, the self.
8. A highly versatile language
Sanskrit has the power to say something using the minimum amount of words. There are numerous synonyms for each word each with specific meaning in the language of Sanskrit. For instance, a simple word like the elephant has about a hundred synonyms. English has only one word for love, Sanskrit has 96.
Sanskrit has an amazing wealth of words and synonyms to give great versatility. It has in fact over 70 words for water where English has just got one. Amazingly the Sanskrit language has over 122 words for the action to go each with the specific meaning.
9. The master of Phonetics
Sanskrit is perhaps one of the most accurate languages in pronunciation. It makes use of 49 types of sounds that make pronunciations of different kinds of words very distinct. The attention devoted to the grammar, phonetics, and linguistics in Sanskrit is believed to have been unprecedented until the 20th century.
10. Increases brain power
Sanskrit has also been proven to help in speech therapy. Research suggests that learning the language improves brain functioning and students improve academically; they get better marks in subjects like Mathematics and Science which some people find difficult. It is because Sanskrit enhances memory power and concentration.
James Junior School in London has made Sanskrit compulsory. Students of this school are among the toppers in various fields and worldwide exams year after year. Some schools in Ireland also have made Sanskrit compulsory. (VedicFeed)
A strong believer of the uniting power of the arts and culture, parliamentarian and renowned author Shashi Tharoor has said that culture builds bridges, not walls.
Having recently lent his voice to a short music video that features an emotional rendition of the Indian National Anthem, Tharoor is strong in his recital of another of Rabindranath Tagore works, “Where The Mind Is Without Fear” which appears towards the end. The anthem has been sung by playwright and Tagore fusion singer Isheeta Ganguly.
According to Tharoor, “our minds are currently gripped by fear of the unknown, of possible attack by the virus; fear has led to the demonisation of certain of our own citizens, either because of their appearance or their religion. The Tagore verse speaks of India transcending such fears and narrow divisions to a broader self-realisation.”
Asked how the arts and culture act as unifying forces in difficult times, Tharoor told IANSlife: “Arts and culture build bridges, not walls. They help us to realise what unites us rather than divides us. They expand our minds beyond petty concerns to larger aspirations. Great art is always universal; it does not discriminate or demonize.”
Tharoor also underlined the need to utilise the nation’s symbols – like the National Anthem – to unite in. “It’s important to remind everyone that India, indeed, belongs to everyone,” he said. (IANS)
“I want to Entertain people but with some substance….”
This is what had been the motive of one of the finest actors of all time~ the great Irrfan Khan who is unfortunately not amongst us anymore.
Irrfan Khan, who recently left for heavenly abode after battling with prolonged illness has left behind such a rich and exquisite cinematic legacy which is unmatchable and impossible to define. Over the course of his 30-year career in the field of cinema, this gem of an actor did everything~ from big Bollywood hits to Oscar Winners, from grand Hollywood blockbusters to even dramas and thus, the actor will always remain versatile in his own aesthetic.
Beyond the impeccable skills he had, Irrfan’s face was one of cinema’s most expressive one’s, where many people have actually acclaimed that the guy could act with his eyes! The very famous Hollywood Actor Tom Hanks has also termed him as “the coolest guy in the room”.
Here I present to you 10 Key performances of Irrfan Khan which you must watch in order to experience his everlasting magic!
1. EK DOCTOR KI MAUT (1990)
Director: Tapan Sinha
Coming out as the Masterpiece by the director, Ek Doctor Ki Maut is a must watch if you want to know why and where India lags behind in the field of medical research, why the one who is on the verge of developing leprosy vaccine is frustrated fighting the conundrums of the bureaucratic system. People who are interested in the field of scientific research should definitely watch this film. It was this film from where Irrfan started gaining fame. In this film, Irrfan played the role of a sympathetic science reporter.
2. MAQBOOL (2003)
Director: Vishal Bhardwaj
Maqbool is an outstanding crime drama film by Vishal Bhardwaj. It is based on the famous play “Macbeth” written by William Shakespeare. Maqbool isn’t a literal adaptation of Macbeth, it has its own tone and culture. The movie is not just a piece of content you see to enjoy your time, you live through it. Irrfan has done a tremendous job as a lead. This film is indeed a cinematic masterpiece.
3. QISSA (2013)
Director: Anup Singh
Qissa is an exquisite masterpiece, which tells the story of a Sikh trapped in his desire for eternity. This film is an excellent portrayal of the traditional mindset of a Punjabi family where a father aspires for a male child after successive female children. Here again, Irrfan has played the role of the lead. This film will make you get swayed in its situation, life of characters, their individual psychology and dignity of life. It is beautifully scripted but is surprisingly horrifying.
4. THE LUNCHBOX (2013)
Director: Ritesh Batra
Have you ever seen a movie and after watching it you just need some time to process what you are feeling or what do you exactly want from life? The Lunchbox will make you do that! It is just a simple story of how we as humans need to connect with people,how we constantly need someone to hold us and tell us that everything will be alright. The nuances and subtle human nature is captured with so much perfection that it feels like too good to be true~ all thanks to Irrfan! This critically acclaimed film featured yet another subtle, poignant performance from Irrfan. You should definitely watch it.
5. PAN SINGH TOMAR (2012)
Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia
Here’s Irrfan, who covered oceans and scaled mountains. You simply can’t keep your eyes off him in this marvelous creation. Paan Singh Tomar is like a boon for every die-hard fan of Indian Cinema. The director Tigmanshu Dhulia is successfully able to tell the biopic how a former national champion athlete turned into a Dacoit in a cricket obsessed country. The interesting plot builds on it and takes you to a whirlwind journey of his life, which tickles you, inspires you, and ultimately asks you some very uncomfortable questions. For this very film, Irrfan was also felicitated with the National Award. This should be in your must watch!
6. PIKU (2015)
Director: Shoojit Sircar
Piku is a beautiful and soothing story with a less drama yet endearing characters. The 3 characters in this film have their own distinct flavour~ Deepika as a flake,irritating,independent yet alluring daughter “Piku’, Amitabh with freaky,obsessive,constipated father and Irrfan with his natural acting charm, sandwiched between the eccentric father and daughter!! Overall a refreshing story and a very different genre. You should definitely give it a watch!
7. MADAARI (2016)
Director: Nishikant Kamat
Madaari is a must-watch for many reasons. First and foremost is Irrfan Khan. Second, it is meant for family audiences. Third, it has a powerful story conveying a strong message against the system. Irrfan Khan’s acting is a big compliment for Madaari. This film is well-crafted and made with a refined direction. Madaari is about a man Nirmal suffering a big disaster and then fighting back with all his energy and vigor to question the system in place.
8. TALVAR (2015)
Director: Meghna Gulzar
Talvar is one of those refreshers who never fails to give audiences a reality check on the weak and fragile system of the country. It is based on Arushi Talwar murder case. This film is just a clever interpretation of how things might have gone and not a real story. Irrfan has played the role of an investigating office in this film.
9. HINDI MEDIUM (2017)
Director: Saket Chaudhary
Hindi Medium isn’t really a movie. This is a real story of today’s elite parents who think studying in an English Medium school can promise a good life for their children. The film hasn’t gone stereotype and rather looks very different than all those movies you see these days. Hindi medium is enormously charming; light hearted comedy and a socio-political satire on the education system and the elite class’s charm for English Medium Schools. Through this film, Irrfan The film does a great commentary on India’s obsession with English, and how class and opportunity intermingle.
10. ANGREZI MEDIUM (2020)
Director: Homi Adajania
Unfortunately, being Irrfan’s last film~ Angrezi Medium is again a must watch. In this film, Irrfan flits effortlessly from the emotional to the ecstatic to the zany, creating some endearing moments in concerts with the story. Dedicated to all the sacrificing & wonderful fathers, it is a hilarious film backed by actors who have impeccable comic time to make you naturally go laughing! The story about father Daughter just touches you deep inside and also teaches you some beautiful things which will keep you connected to the core of every emotion. You must definitely watch it.