Women’s Words, Women’s Lives

Although the bomb blasts in the local train in July disrupted SPARROW activities somewhat, we picked ourselves up quickly and proceeded to work on the events we had planned. The first event was the SPARROW film festival held in collaboration with Mahila Vyaspeeth (Y.B. Chavan Prathisthan) Vijaya Chauhan, the Secreatry of Mahila Vyaspeeth, was the one who first suggested such a festival of SPARROW films. The festival called Women’s Words, Women’s Lives was held on 3rd and 4th November 2006. Urvashi Butalia, Director, Zubaan, inaugurated the festival and Kalpana Sharma, Chief of Bureau, The Hindu, Mumbai concluded the festival. The festival attracted an appreciative audience. The project support for the festival came from The Global Fund for Women. We give some photographs below:

One River, Many Streams

The second event, a cultural festival, held in collaboration with the National Film Archive of India along with venue collaborators, Fun Cinemas, was a meticulously planned one with films from the North East and Orissa and paintings and arts and crafts from Mizoram brought by artists Zaithanpuii Vuvangtu and Klanghro Khuma. It was held from 26th January to 30th January 2007 with project support from HIVOS. The festival was called One River, Many Streams and was an attempt to present the multicultural aspect of our nation. Directors and actors from the region were invited and eight award winning films from the region were screened. On the inaugural day there was a Manipuri dance performance and on the concluding day there was a music recital by a singer from Assam. Actor Shabana Azmi inaugurated the festival and Jarjum Ete, Chairperson, Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women, concluded the festival. Unfortunately, Mumbai did not show much enthusiasm for the festival. We give a few photographs below:
Special Guests, Concluding Day
Special Guests, Inaugural Day
Arundhati Subramaniam Compering
Shabana Azmi Inaugurating the Festival
Klanghro Khuma and Zaithangpuii
Jarjum Ete on the Concluding day
Students from Manipuri Nritya Kendra
Sunita Bhuyan performing