Kolkata: With just a few hours to go for the Football World Cup 2018 to kick off in Russia, enthusiasm of the people for football in Kolkata, which is situated 4,519 km away from the World Cup’s host country, is as high as always and preparations to celebrate the “football festival” is going on in full swing all across the state.With Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee rejuvenating the football fervor in Bengal, sports personalities, who are now MPs and MLAs of Trinamool Congress, are not letting the opportunity go to encourage people from all walks of life to get involved in the game of football. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsStarting from Arjun Award winner footballer Prasun Banerjee, to footballer Dipendu Biswas at Basirhat in North 24-Parganas, they are leaving no stones unturned in making foolproof preparation to watch the matches of the World Cup.Banerjee, who had represented the Indian Football team in many international matches, is now the Trinamool Congress MP from Howrah Lok Sabha constituency. He had gone to Paris in 1998, along with actor Mithun Chakravarty to watch World Cup matches. Stating that CPI(M) leaders had never helped him go to watch World Cup matches for supporting Mamata Banerjee, though he had represented India in international matches, he said: “I had taken loan from bank to go to watch the match in France. I still recollect those days and want that people, mainly children and youth, from all sections of the society, can watch the World Cup matches. So, giant screens will be set up where thousands of people will come together to watch the matches.” A giant screen will be set up at ward number 25 of the Howrah Municipal Corporation (HMC) in Central Howrah, where people will come together to watch the semi-finals and final matches. The MP, who is a supporter of Brazil, will also be doing the commentary to explain every move of the game. At the same time, there will be arrangements for tea and snacks as well. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedJerseys will also be distributed and the local youths will put on the same while watching the matches.Similarly, Brazil, Argentina and Germany are the favourite teams in the World Cup for Dipendu Biswas, Trinamool Congress MLA from Basirhat Dakshin. He has also taken steps so that people can come together and watch matches on giant screens, that will be set up somewhere in his constituency.The other MPs and MLAs of Trinamool Congress, though not sports personalities, are also taking steps to celebrate the football world cup with people from all walks of life.
Delhi is gearing up for a feast of Qawwali with singers from across the world set to arrive here for an event that claims to be the first International Qawwali Festival.Qawwali singers from India and Pakistan presented soulful renditions of sufi music at India Islamic Centre here recently providing a glimpse of the festival titled Taali Ho, which aims to reinforce a notion that music is not restricted to any borders. The festival is scheduled to be held from February 12-14 here next year. “The world of music is completely different. For us, being a Hindu or a Muslim, Jain or Christian is immaterial. When we get together, we meet like we are brothers, like we are family,” says Ghulam Sabir Nizami of Delhi’s Nizami brothers. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Hailing from the Sikandrabad Gharana, the Nizami Brothers are among the most popular Qawwali singers in Astana Gayki as well as the modern Qawwali tradition. While throwing light on Qawwali as a genre of music with its distinct character for worship and spiritual advancement, the event is also set to showcase the evolution that Qawwali has undergone with artistes performing a fusion of old genre of music with a modern touch.For Fareed Ayaz, Abu Muhammad Qawwal and Brothers, India is a land where love surpasses hatred by multiple times. “Despite what (‘growing intolerance’) has been happening in India for the last 10-15 days, Fareed Ayaz is present in Delhi. I know that in Delhi and in India there are many who love me. When I have hundreds who love me, why should I be scared of a few violent elements. In fact I will try to teach those few the language of love too. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“Music is the language of love and it is not even remotely associated with any form of hatred or violence and it is through Qawwali that we are trying to spread love and peace,” says Ayaz. Honed in the prestigious Delhi School of Music, these artistes from across the border have been weaving magic with their words and music for over 30 years now. Besides Qawwali and sufi music they also excel in classical genres like Tarana, Thumri and Khayal.Referring to the depiction of Qawwali in cinema, Ghulam Sabir Nizami says, “Qawwali in its true essence is a love affair with the divine. People have been misled about Qawwali in films and the form that is potrayed is shameful. Real Qawwali is the one that was heard by the sufi saints. Apart from that everything else is merely enjoyment. However, some songs like A R Rehman’s Khwaja Mere Khwaja (Jodhaa Akbar) and Kun Faya Kun (Rockstar) do depict the true essence of Qawwali.” Among other Qawwali singers who will be a part of the event are Warsi brothers from Hyderabad, Hamza Akram and Taimoor Akram from Pakistan, Tahir Hussain Faridi Qawwal from US and Ahmed Sham Sufi Qawwal from Afghanistan.
Admirers of art and art forms, specifically sculptures are in for a treat as the national Capital gears up to witness the best of sculpture works by three prominent women sculptors. Called ‘Trilogy of Expressions’ will showcase the works of Sheela Chamariya, Christine Margotin and Geeta Juneja from January 20-29 in the national Capital. The show will celebrate the continued vibrancy and influences of delicate human emotions and response to inner as well as outer world. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The 25 odd works by each of the sculptors offer a rich tapestry of expressions and perfectly reflect their individual moments in exciting depictions. Works of Sheela Chamariya will visually enchant one and their intent will capture the imagination to one’s core. She chooses to narrate her soft delicate world through the strength of bronze, with prominent lines and flat surface. Geeta Juneja’s abstracts are sensuous and suggestive and her works are inspired by her own thought and mood. She is an artist who traverses the regime of abstraction. The intrinsic individuality of shapes and compositions is what defines her work. Somewhere it gives the viewer an impression of assemblage as seen in ‘Aristocrat’ and few others, which then is rendered in a very subdued surface. Her works are essentially bold. Viewers will gaze into the multitude of distorted features in sync with each other and defined, leading to subjective interpretation. The emphasis is not only on expression but also on the spaces and forms which creates an aura of its own. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixChristine is a French artist, who specialises in classical and realistic presentation. Her expression is essentially related to the joy of childhood. She creates and conveys her deeper ideas and contemplative moments. Her figures speak volumes about children’s innocence and attitude. “After a nap”- a bronze by Christine is holding on to her toy, captures simple action of our everyday life and highlights the beauty and grace that we often overlook being continuously on the run. It also creates its own melody and rhythm giving an insight to a child’s inner world and possessiveness Sheela Chamariya will also be exhibiting a small installation titled ‘Dana Chugneynaa Aye Chidiya’ to bring in to the notice a major issue of sparrow extinction. The main motive of this installation is to request people to save them and give them a home to come back. She inspires public to feed them, give water to them when they are in our homes. She also emphasises on the need to limit the amount of pesticides and chemical in the garden and firms.Where: Triveni Kala Sangam- Sculpture Court, Tansen MargWhen: January 20 to 29Timings: 11 am to 7 pm