An English translation of Sone Chandi Ke Buth by Khwaja Ahmed Abbas – a collection of short stories, essays and articles on famous film personalities and various aspects of the film industry – will be launched on September 15 in the nation’s capital. The book, written by the avant-garde filmmaker, includes incisive profiles of film personalities such as Prithviraj Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Dilip Kumar and V Shantaram, among others, as well as a number of film critics and d trials. It was edited and translated from Urdu by Syeda Hameed and Sukhpreet Kahlon. The launch will be followed by a reading by writer and Dastangoi representative Mahmood Farooqui, followed by a performance of Dastaan e Partition by Daastaan Collective, performed by Pratap Sen and Rohan Chopra, directed by Mahmood Farooqui . September 15, 7 p.m. At the India Habitat Center in New Delhi. Register on http://www.indiahabitat.org.
Witness to a story
Watch Kufr, a Hindi play based on the controversial novel of the same name by Pakistani author, artist and activist Tehimina Durani. Performed by the Little Theater Group, the play highlights the universal problem of how religion is exploited and used as a weapon by the powerful to cripple the masses who, ironically, do not fully understand their religion. September 15, 7 p.m. At the Little Theater Group Auditorium, Delhi. Tickets on bookmyshow.in.
Tales told through the lens
Visit Delhi-based photographer Manoj Arora’s Rediscover Hampi exhibition, which is a collection of 60 photographs of the ancient city in Karnataka. Curated by Uma Nair, the photographs capture the city’s rich art and architecture. From September 14 to 22. At the Bikaner Theatre, Delhi. RSVP on 9818234007.
pause and reflection
Visit the exhibition of paintings by Salvadoran artist Rodolfo Vega Oviedo. The paintings are inspired by his travels in various cultures and communities and are most often composed in the style of geometric abstraction. Until September 15, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the Indira Gandhi National Center for Arts (IGNCA) gallery. Free admission.