The Indian Embassy is in the middle of hosting “Festival de la India”, its sixth ten-day festival bringing Indian culture to Buenos Aires. Per usual, there are a bunch of events that you can sift through here including daily dance shows and music recitals, but for a brief round-up of the highlights we have, of course, got you covered.
Center of operations is the Centro Cultural de Borges (CCB), which will be hosting a daily fair from 12 PM – 8 PM featuring demonstrations from Indian artisans and 40 different Indian companies. Do some shopping and prove to your friends once and for all that when it comes to buying crafts it’s all about diversification (no need to box yourself in with exclusively buying wares from the New World).
Book yourself a spot at the Gastronomic festival taking place at the Hotel Sheraton Retiro if you can find a spare $360 pesos (not in everyone’s budget but carry on reading because the next section talks about free cinema) for a high-end buffet menu and wine pairings prepared by two prestigious chefs from Mysore and New Delhi.
A free (see, told you) cycle of Indian cinema will be taking place at the Sala Williams in the Centro Cultural Borges every night until the 24th, apart from Monday- I guess not even the Embassy wants to compete with Konex. Here is a sixty-second rundown:
- Wednesday: Lagaan– Tax disputes are settled between a small village and its British tyrant occupants with a game of cricket. 95% on Rotten Tomatoes, whatever you want to make of that.
- Thursday: Bombay talkies– a collection of four shorts directed by four major players in Indian cinema. Screened at Cannes last year and described as “one of those infrequent movies wherein you get to eyeball the superior efforts of four top notch film-makers in less than two hours”. Hopefully it is just plain old watchable, too. Find out Thursday.
- Friday: Jodhaa Akbar- Bad-ass “epic historical drama” initially banned in some Indian states; comes with an extensively celebrated soundtrack.
- Saturday: Kal Ho Naa Ho– a phenomenally successful rom-com about a terminally-ill neighbor playing Cupid; declared not just a blockbuster but, according to Box Office India, an “All-Time Blockbuster”.
There is also a selection of talks on theater, culinary arts, and a bit of that traditional alternative medicine your friend swears by but you’ve never really been curious/open-minded/desperate enough to look up.
So, more gratis culture in case you didn’t fill up on Noche de los Museos last weekend. Worth it, if only for the opportunity to sit down for a couple of hours in a darkened auditorium-come-cinema waiting for that midday heat to shift across to a different time-zone already.