A perfect take-off

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A perfect take-off

“The endeavour is to strengthen the artistic milieu across the world by building platforms where one can appreciate these mediums of creativity and participate in the initiatives that will benefit all,” said Ankit Sharma, one of the organisers of the event.

The young turned up in full strength to lend support to the initiative. The evening began with the screening of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. The film depicted the life of Jean-Dominique Bauby after he suffered a massive stroke at the age of 42. The condition paralysed him, with the exception of  his left eyelid. He could only communicate by blinking.

The movie was told through the eyes of Bauby and how he saw the world around him with his eyes open as well as shut. Even though he was unable to do anything in his last days in the hospital, his somewhat dark humour and take on things made him feel more human than his physical body did. The film which has won awards at the Cannes Film Festival, the Golden Globes and the BAFTA Awards was an inspiring tale of strength and kept the audience glued to their seats through its entire length.

“It was a serious film but I really enjoyed it. It’s difficult to experience world cinema and I think this is a wonderful initiative,” said Parul, a student who was there for the screening. This was followed by a presentation on Culturazzi and its objectives. “We want to provide access to offbeat cinema, literature, theatre and music to people who have the appetite for it but don’t have the access to it,” said Samakshi.

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