Sunday, April 29, 2012

Buddhist festival “The Inner Path” by ICCR at Azad Bhawan from April 27 to May 1 in its opening day has very lukewarm response both from the organizers and people at large.The gallery created has no attendant and videos run without audience and those presents loitered here and there without any guide to inform about the run of the programmers.Film show the only attraction had film lovers but the interaction without translators put the ineterst at low ebb. Buddhist festival lined up with series of events including dance, documentary, photographs, paintings and sculptures talks and panel discussions by professors and scholars about Tibetan Buddhism, Nalanda tradition in five days event. NETPAC and Devki Foundation together to host the first International Buddhist Festival 'The Inner Path'.

Exhibition:The Greatest Journey of Ideas: Spread of Buddhism – a select range of photographs of Buddhist Art in 19 countries, by art historian-filmmaker- photographer Benoy K Behl.  This is a preview of an exhibition before it opens in London, Washington and Tokyo from May 2012 onwards.

Twenty features, documentaries and shorts will be screened. These come from Bhutan, Argentina, Korea, Sri Lanka, China and Japan and speak of the manifold aspects of Buddhism and of great Buddhist iconic figures. Renowned directors and film personalities from these countries will be present.

Philosophic Discourse
On each festival day, at 5 pm, a Buddhist scholar/practitioner will deliver a talk on different traditions of Buddhist philosophy

Saturday: 28 April: Tibetan Buddhism and the Nalanda Tradition by Geshe Dorji Damdul, Director, Tibet House, New Delhi.

Sunday: 29 April: Bodhidharma and Zen Buddhism by Prof. Lokesh Chandra, International Academy of Indian Culture, New Delhi

Monday: 30 April: Mindfulness in everyday life by Dharmacharya Shantum Seth, Ahimsa Trust

Tuesday: 1 May: The Three Yanas by Venerable Sumati Sasana, Spiritual Programme Coordinator, Tushita Centre, New Delhi

Panel Discussions
Monday 30 April and Tuesday 1 May from 2 to 4 pm there will be panel discussions on Boddhisatvas, organized and conducted by Prof. Shashi Bala, scholar and author of several books on Buddhism. The term, Boddhisatva raises many questions and misconceptions. These sessions will give a chance to those who wish to understand and absorb the meaning and symbolism behind Bodhisattvas.
NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) is an international organization with its Secretariat in Sri Lanka and Aruna Vasudev is its Founder-President. NETPAC-India has been actively promoting Asian cinema in India over many years. In 2010 it organized in Delhi the 20th anniversary of the founding of Netpac International with a major conference, Asian film festival, performances from five countries, and exhibitions. In 1995 it organized screenings of a package of Asian films on Buddhist themes, also at Azad Bhavan.

Devki Foundation is a registered Trust of Award-winning Film Producer Suresh Jindal some of whose films include Basu Chatterji’s Rajnigandha, Satyajit Ray’s Shatranj Ke Khilari, Attenborough’s Gandhi, Mani Kaul’s Naukar Ki Kameej, etc. He has just finished the shooting of Vara, the new film by Khyentse Norbu (who made The Cup & Travellers & Magicians), as Executive Producer. The Trust is involved in supporting Buddhist schools and Dharma Centres, and sponsored other events.

The festival has been conceptualized by Aruna Vasudev, President, NETPAC and is being held in partnership with Suresh Jindal, Chairman, Devki Foundation.

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