Mumbai gets a taste of Marathi ‘Adda’

Dr Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum introduces Katta to connect with today’s Mumbaikar.

Mumbai gets a taste of Marathi ‘Adda’

Dr Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum introduces Katta to connect with today’s Mumbaikar.

Noted film personality and acclaimed artist Amol Palekar speaking about Marathi films at the inaugural session of Museum Katta

We have all heard about an adda, a form of intellectual exchange among the youths belonging to the so-called “middle-class intelligentsia.” Although Kolkatans boast of the city being the birthplace of adda culture, the origin of the tradition can be traced back to regular intellectual dialogues prevalent in ancient Greece at the time of Socrates or Plato. Now Dr Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum has launched a similar initiative hoping to make the cultural landscape intimate for the Mumbaikar. ‘Museum Katta’ is a new series being launched in Marathi by the museum. The word ‘katta’ means a place where informal discussions take place on various topics and aspects. The Museum Katta series that started in April with noted film personality and acclaimed artist Amol Palekar speaking about Marathi films, will explore popular subjects like Cinema, Theatre, Literature, Folk Culture and Music. “Katta is the coffeehouse of our times, with the same purpose of holding informal discussions, exchange ideas or even hold arguments,” says the 72-year-old Palekar, who graced the #ArtSoulLifeMagazine May-July 2015 cover. “We look at museums as something frozen in time and our expectations end there. But every form of folk art has an amazing capacity of changing with the times and yet retaining its strengths and identity. Such a series will connect with today’s generation and Mumbai.” In his April 23 session, Palekar who studied Fine Arts at the Sir JJ School of Arts and commenced his career as a painter, traced the evolution of Marathi cinema proudly mentioning legendary filmmakers Dadasaheb Phalke, V. Shantaram and Baburao Painter. He hailed the current crop of Marathi filmmakers, like Paresh Mokashi, Umesh Kulkarni, Nagraj Manjule and Chaitanya Tamhane calling them as harbingers of a new wave in Marathi cinema with their movies such as Sairat, Fandry, Pistulya, Killa, Court, and Shwaas.

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