Here come the Vikings

Sep 22, 2014, 08:33 IST | Hassan M Kamal

Catch a special screening of the children's film, 'Viking Adventures', which introduces the Scandinavian seafarers who ruled Northern Europe for nearly 300 years

History buffs have much to cheer as starting today, the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) will be showcasing a children’s film based on the Vikings. The film explores their complex culture, food and way of life, and is based on the exhibition titled, Vikings — Life and Legend, held at the British Museum in June this year.

A metal replica of a Viking warship, which was part of the exhibition, Vikings: Life and Legend. PIC/AFP

Originally from Scandinavia, the Vikings ruled most parts of northern and central Europe for 300 years, starting from the 8th century to the late 11th century. These Scandinavian seafarers, known for their modern longships (longboats), had the whole of Europe reeling under fear as they raided and traded with the entire northern and central Europe. Their period of rule is referred to as the Viking Age.

Deepa Gahlot, Head-Programming, Theatre and Film, NCPA, says, “This is a special film made for children to introduce them to the Viking way of life. It has interviews from people who curated the show at the British Museum, and presents the
history of Vikings in a fun-yet-educational way.”

The film, prdouced by the British Museum, explores everyday life in the Viking Age, the food, the prominent Viking warriors, their methods of warfare; Old Norse, which was the language of the Vikings as well as Viking beliefs. The story unfolds through characters dressed up as Vikings.

For grown-ups, they are screening the film Vikings — Life and Legend, titled after the original exhibition, today at 6.30 pm at Godrej Dance Theatre.

Till: September 24, 11 am and 6.30 pm
At: Little Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.
Entry: Rs 100 (for schools)

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