IF there's a heaven for theatre aficionados, it must be Mumbai. If it's November, it must be Prithvi's, if it's October, it's got to be Nehru Centre. In December, it's Prithvi again with the NCPA and the Chavan Centre. This theatre fest is called Natya Parva 2002 runs through December 1-16. Former NSD Director Ratan Thiyam's Manipuri play "Ritusamharan" opened the fest, Alyque Padamsee's "R&J" provides the grand finale to the fest which has been jointly-organised with Nadira Zaheer Babbar's Ekjute whose "Suman Aur Sana" premiered at the Prithvi Fest and is due for a repeat show at the Prithvi (December 10) under the Natya Parva banner.

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THE German award-winning writer Felicitas Hoppe will be narrating her Indian experiences at the MMB Library and the David Sassoon Library's Garden (December 9,10). A former journalist and teacher who now works as a freelance writer in Berlin, Hoppe was in Mumbai last year as a panellist in the German Literary Symposium, a part of the German Festival administered in India by Dr. Georg Lechner.

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MAX MUELLER BHAVAN, Mumbai is hosting Hoppe's public reading titled, Fakirs And Flautists. On December 11, at the Children's Centre in the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (or former Prince of Wales Museum) will be a panel discussion on The Role of Religion in Education. On December 12, the action moves to the Kalina campus of the University of Mumbai where MMB kicks off the 1946 Nobel Prize winning German writer Herman Hesse's 125th annivesary celebrations with a translation workshop on Hesse's Siddhartha and lectures on his Indian roots. Siddhartha was made into a film by Conrad Rooks. MMB will present the film, readings and more, December 12-19.

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IT'S been said,"a picture can speak a thousand words". The Photographers' Guild of India is hosting for the second time in a row, The Exhibit — 2002 at the Jehangir Art Gallery, (December 13-7) as part of the Golden Jubilee Anniversary celebrations of the gallery. The exhibition-cum-sale will showcase the work of the who's who of the photography world, from Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, even Dubai!


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