Three sessions to attend in Mumbai from August 18 to August 20

When books speak
If you are planning to switch from an established career to something you are passionate about, but don't know how to take the plunge, you might want to attend The Clown — In Pursuit of Happiness. The story of an ex-Indian Navy officer, who chose to become a professional clown will be part of the latest edition of Human Library Mumbai (HLM), where inspiring human books from Mumbai (in person), Pune, Hyderabad and Delhi (via video chat) will be present to share their unscripted life stories with readers or listeners. Other themes for the event include sexual identity, Mumbai street life, and child abuse, to name a few.

HLM is the city chapter of a movement that started in Denmark, which facilitates candid dialogue between books (speakers) and readers (listeners) with an aim to eliminate stereotypes and prejudices, and foster empathy.
ON: August 20, 12 pm onwards
AT: Bombay Connect, BKC (next to Trade Centre).

Understanding theatre's many layers
Indulge in an hour of discussion and conversation with young and veteran theatre makers. The fifth edition of Conversations@theDSM will feature well-known playwright and director Mohit Takalkar (in pic), whose plays have toured the country and several national and international theatre festivals. Interviewing him will be Aalok Rajwade, who has made a mark with his unconventional and socially relevant Marathi plays. The purpose is to celebrate the one-woman theatre army, the late Rekha Sabnis, who ran theatre group Abhivyakti, popular for its thought-provoking plays.

ON: August 19, 5 pm to 6 pm
AT: The Drama School, Charni Road, Kele Wadi, Girgaon.
CALL: 09619336336

Talking films
This Friday evening, be a part of a discussion on film and philosophy, idealism and pragmatism with writer, film theorist and historian Amrit Gangar. He will talk about Cinema of Prayoga that re-looks at the Western notions of the experimental and the avant-garde. His concept has been presented internationally and piqued the interest of film studies centres across the world. The sessions will also showcase scenes from films by icons like Dadasaheb Phalke, Robert Bresson and others. For over two decades, Gangar has headed the Mumbai-based film club Screen Unit, curated programmes and published books, and been a key voice on the future of films in India.
ON: August 18, 5.30 pm onwards
AT: Kitab Khana, Somaiya Bhavan, Flora fountain, Fort.

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