Strand Book festival
An annual feature, this is one book festival most Bangaloreans look forward to. On offer would be more than 40,000 titles for adults and children in all categories, including fiction, literature, philosophy, management and cookery. The discounts on titles range from 20-80%. Besides, the festival promises to launch a fresh title every day. The event has also been doubled up as a browsing space. Given its popularity with the reading crowd, the festival this year is being held at the Chinnaswamy Cricket Stadium. 10am-8.30pm. The Strand Book Festival, Chinnaswamy Cricket Stadium, Halls 17 and 18, Link Road.
Mixing new-world graphics with the satire of cartooning, city-based journalist and artist Rasheed Kappan attempts a fresh look at time-tested medium. With a city-centric theme titled ‘dupli-City’, the exhibition will feature about 40 contemporary works of Kappan, including a retrospective of his cartoons from four previous shows. The exhibition, he says, is his attempt to cross the line between graphics, design and cartooning. It will be inaugurated with a specially-designed mime performance by theatre group Your’s Truly. Kappan will also do on-the-spot caricatures of visitors. ‘Graficatures’ is Kappan’s fifth exhibition and his first solo display. 10am-7pm. Alliance Française de Bangalore, PO 108, Thimmiah Road, Vasantnagar. 41231340/44
2nd Bengalooru International Film Festival
From 3 January
If you are a fan of serious cinema, the ‘2nd Bengalooru International Film Festival’ offers a veritable treat—110 films, many of them landmarks in world cinema, from 41 countries. The festival is being organized by Suchitra Cinema and Cultural Academy in collaboration with the Karantaka government. The focus, this year, will be films made in countries such as Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Sweden, Italy and Senegal. The repertoire comprises both contemporary films and classics. Suchitra Film Society, Banashankari 2nd Stage. 26711785. Entry: Nearly 2,000 delegate passes are being issued to students of cinema, journalism and communication and members of the film industry. Delegate fee for the festival:Rs500. Members of film societies and students of film institutes will be offered passes at a concessional rate of Rs300. Delegate passes will be issued from 20 December. For more information, check www.suchitrafest.in.
(Compiled by Kavitha Srinivasa)