The School of Arts and Aesthetics will be organising a series of public lectures and film screenings every Friday on the campus till December 11

Friday evenings will no longer be the same on the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus, at least not during the ongoing monsoon semester.

The School of Arts and Aesthetics at JNU will be organising a series of public lectures and talks, screening films, and showcasing performances by eminent personalities every Friday on the campus throughout this semester till December 11.

The evening show got off to an encouraging start on Friday with a lecture by scholar Katherine Butler Brown. She spoke on “The Courtesan Tale: Female Performers, Reality and Rhetoric in Mughal Historical Chronicles”. This was followed by screening of a film “The Other Song” directed by Saba Dewan.

Among the several events lined up is screening of noted actor Nandita Das’ directorial debut movie “Firaaq” followed by a discussion with her.

In the month of October, Hindustani vocalist of the Rampur gharana Shanno Khurana will perform on the campus. Navtej Johar, a name to reckon with in the classical-contemporary dance arena, is also scheduled to be one of the performers.

“The Friday events will be open to not just the JNU community but also everyone in the city. We want to spread awareness on the different subjects pertaining to arts and the richness of these subjects,” said Naman P. Ahuja, associate professor at the School of Arts and Aesthetics.

“We want to get our students to interact with a wider audience so that they can become good communicators of art. We want the greatest possible exposure for our students,” Dr. Ahuja added.

The School is putting together all these activities in collaboration with the Getty Foundation, Alkazi Foundation for the Arts, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, and SPEAR (sponsored by the Tata Social Welfare Trust).

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