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Awara

(Gayatri Chatterjee) The book explores the enduring appeal of the Raj Kapoor classic released about half a century ago, by placing it in the context of a young Independent India as well as by analysing its merit as pure cinema. It is the winner of a Presidentís Gold Medal for the best book on cinema

European Union Film Festival

(Nandan, till April 21) The 10th edition of the festival comes to Calcutta with a bouquet of 20 films. The movies are from 17 European countries. Entry is free and seating is on a first-come-first-served basis

Stardust

(The Dave Brubeck Quartet featuring Paul Desmond) The 17 selections on this disc represent the earliest recordings by one of the most important and definitive jazz combos in history. The quartet had waltzed through the folk, folk-rock, rock íní roll, avant-garde and early fusion eras, and this set shows why

Nimble Fingers

(Academy of Fine Arts, till April 22, 3 pm to 8 pm) An attempt to promote thecraftsmen of Bengal practising traditional art forms like dokra, pottery, stained glass painting and batik. Danseuse Mamata Shankar (picture above) will attend the inauguration on Sunday at 4 pm
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