What’s on Chandigarh: A play on real events, a photo exhibition during a trip to France (photos in two diff mails)

From a new play about real-life events that’s a mix of fact and fiction to a photo exhibit from a trip to France in 1970, here’s what’s happening in Chandigarh this week

A collage of pictures

WHAT: Trunk Tales, ‘Chowdhry’s’ by Neelam Man Singh, a new play in English and Punjabi, debuts May 4 in Chandigarh. Vansh Bhardwaj’s solo performance follows the experiences of an ordinary person, chronicling the ‘otherness’ present in life and exploring a way to express it. Stories are crafted, but recognize real events, family histories, and personal experiences. It is a work of “fraction” – a mixture of reality and fiction. To cry together, laugh together and tell stories of hope, no matter how wild the situation. Episode after episode explores the politics of water, the politics of the body, the politics of food, and the politics of gender. The reference for these stories is partly designed and partly drawn from existing texts. Poems, memories, references and fragments of text make this performance a collage of experiences, ideas and images.

WHEN: May 4-10, House Number 9, Sector 4, Chandigarh, 6:45 p.m.

Animated pictures

WHAT: “A Trip to France, 1970”, an exhibition by Parmanand Dalwadi focuses on Dalwadi’s trip to France in the 1970s. Organized by the Alliance Française, the 50 images captured with a Nikon F depict situations incongruous and unusual mixing humor, tenderness and observations of French society. Each photo is described by a short story, as you are transported to France to observe life in the age of disco and boogie. Long hair and mustaches adorn the heads of men, and fashion grabs the minds of women. Fashion is in the air with protests and life is good.

Dalwadi accompanied Henri Cartier-Bresson, the world-renowned photojournalist, on his trip to northern India in 1965. In return, Cartier-Bresson placed him in pictorial services, in Paris to work with the legendary Pierre Gassmann with funding from the Ford Foundation. He met his wife Radium in France and she can be seen in a few of his captured photos.

WHEN AND WHERE: The exhibition is held at the Alliance Française, Sector 36, Chandigarh, until May 14, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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