Retrospection to the Online Japanese Film Festival (JFF) – Hungary – 2021

 

Japan brought their latest trends in Japanese cinemafor movie lovers to watch in their armchair free online films within the Japanese Film Festival (JFF).

The Japanese Film Festival (JFF) is a project held by the Japan Foundation to promote Japanese film around the world. With a slogan of „Japanese Film Anytime, Anywhere.” The program was launched in 2016 for 10 ASEAN countries and Australia. Since then holding the Festivals with the latest Japanese films and expanding their network in including countries such as: China, Russia, and India. In the 2019-20 year was held festivals in 56 cities in 12 countries, whilst watched by more than 170000 viewers.
This year, in addition to the conventional in-person Japanese Film Festival (JFF) events, held a “JFF Plus Online Festival for online viewers in the 20 countries. These were: Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, South Korea, Vietnam,  Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Egypt, Germany, Italy, Spain, Hungary.

The JFF is under the umbrella of the Japan Foundation which is Japan’s only institution dedicated to carrying out comprehensive international cultural exchange programs throughout the world. With the objective of deepening mutual understanding between the people of Japan and other countries/regions, our various activities and information services create opportunities for people-to-people interactions. Online Festival took place from November2020 up to March 2021 in 20 countries around the world bringing 30 Japanese films ranging from the latest hits to always popular anime and the classics.

All the JFF screened films had subtitles in Arabic, Burmese, Central Khmer, English, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Vietnamese language.

Tsukiji Wonderland 2016 – Documentary – length time 1h 50min. Director: Naotaro Endo
Synopsis JFF „Through the lives of professionals working at Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, the film portrays how Tsukiji has been the center of fish culinary culture and helped Japanese food culture to flourish as we know it today.”

Adding to the documentary … overall: Tokyo – Edo in 1923 was a grand earthquake and whilst rebuilding the venue over the decades Tsukiji became over the decades one of the biggest World Fish Market providing huge service to the world fish food by hard working people. They have daily wholesales fish auction and was clear to learn “most important is the “jouhou” (the information) without the info the fish would just sit there.

Tsukiji is One of the Seven Food Wonders of the World.

Tsukiji has its artisan culture. Was said, there are 10 days in a year when fish taste its best, but each season has its own variety in fish … Spring: brings shellfish … March: is the icefish season … Tune in the Spring are the best in taste. Tuna is all around the season, but during the summer they aren’t so fatty. Tuna live deep in the sea they do not have to struggle on the hook, they aren’t vital because of the food they eat. Summer: Sweetfish started to fish in june and they are caught in the river. Autumm: Typhoon at its best. Scallops arrive at ESqUISSE alive. Winter: more variety in fish and they get more fatter pufferfish – mackerel.

During the JFF was not all drama, documentary, musical but were animated features, films, cartoons for kids and interviews with Japanese directors.

Thanks to the JFF to watch through free online movies during in the festival!

@ Aggie Reiter

Addition to the JFF PLUS Online Japan Film Festival – 2021.

See previous report:
https://rollinginbudapest.com/2021/01/31/the-best-japanese-film-productions-free-online-screening/

FREE ON-LINE JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL COMING UP  FROM TOMORROW!

 February,  26 . – March 7, 2021.

Thirty Japanese films will be shown in Hungary with English subtitles for free.

Applying movie offers such as: Thriller … Drama … Romantic … Musical … Romantic comedy … Children’s film… Annimation … Documentary … Literary adaptations … Contemporary and Classic works … Several award-winning films.

During the festival, three films will be available every day through https://watch.jff.jpf.go.jp website. All of them can be viewed throughout 24hours which give the audience an opportunity to several time, if wishes to do so. The festival will be colored by several additional programs on the website of the Japan Foundation that organizes the event.
Friday, February, 26. – 11 a.m coming up the latest works of the legendary director of T he Ring and The Ring 2, Nakata Hideo – Stolen Identity … short summary: Due to the loss of a cell-phone a couple in love experience a series of strange events around them. Makoto has no idea that beautiful Asami will soon become the prey of a serial killer, and that there is actually a dark secret behind her beautiful face.
Saturday February, 27. – 9 a.m. the festival will be screening the latest work of Yaguchi Shinobu, the director of Waterboys, a classic of comedy, and the highly successful Swing Girls. Dance With Me. The movie combines the atmosphere of Hollywood musicals with Japanese humor … short summary: Shizuka having met a hypnotist becomes the devil of the parquet The film won two awards: Kobayashi Audience Award and Special Director Award at the 2019 Toronto Japanese Film Festival.
Monday, March, 1. – 9 a.m. a 1952 Japanese classic will be shown. In Ozu Yasujirō’s drama – The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice. Short summary: Taeko and Mokichi traditionally arranged marriage – with the arrival of their stubborn niece, Setsuko realize, why they are not happy with their current relationship. In his characteristic way, the director depicts the family unit at crisis with humor and warmth – and a drop of resignation. Two films by Okita Shuichi, one of the most promising figures in contemporary Japanese cinema, will also be screened at the festival.
Tuesday, March, 2, 11 a.m. Plays in the era of 1987. Short sumary: A Story of Yonosuke the protagonist moves to Tokyo to begin college, where instead of the young Shoko, his attention is drawn to the older, mysterious “woman of doom,” Chiharu. As Yonosuke’s strange story unfolds, we can get a glimpse into the lives of his friends 16 years after the events, but by then he’s already missing from their circle.

For lovers of art movies on Wednesday, March, 3. – 11 a.m. Overview: a film 0.5 mm, which articulates thoughts about Japan’s aging society with dark humor can be exciting.

Saturday, March 6, – 9 a.m. Okita Shuichi’s other work – which was recognized in 2014 at the Tokyo International Film Festival -, Ecotherapy Getaway Holiday will be screened. Short summary: This comedy tells the story of a 2-day hiking excursion. Right at the beginning it can be suspected that the green-eared tour guide is not at the height of the situation, and soon after, he is lost in the woods. So the company is left alone and they soon realize that survival is their main task …
Same day 11 a.m. Ishii Yuya’s simultaneously thought-provoking and entertaining literary adaptation, The Great Passage will be screened. It’s about a linguistic odd fish who dissects the true meaning of words.
The full program is available at https://japanalapitvany.hu where interviews with five Japanese directors, along with Tamás Liszka talking about Japanese animation and Csilla Béresi – the Hungarian translator of the touching novel by Kawaguchi Toshikazu – from which the film Café Funiculi Funicula is adapted – will be available.

To participate to watch the films within the festival is free of charge, but in adavance registration is required, which can be done via the following page: https://watch.jff.jpf.go.jp/signup.html.

@ Aggie Reiter

Annual Pancake Day – February 16.

In Anglo-Saxon countries, the Pancake Day is celebrated each year – February, 16.
Hungarians need not have to have Pancake Day once a year … they have pancake day every day of the Year.

One of the most yummy pancake throughout Hungary is made with fillings: chocolate-orange-walnut. This is deeply loved by sweet-toothed lovers. No wonder the success of sweets is understandable: one’s appetite comes from the very sight, and the taste is simply heavenly with this traditional Hungarian delicacy.

Be the Queen or the King of making this Traditional Hungarian Pancake:

Ingredients (for 10 pieces):
2 eggs, 240 g flour, 300 ml milk, 300 g soda water, a pinch of salt and sugar, 300 g walnuts, 120 g granulated sugar, 80 g milk, 10 g raisins, a pinch of cinnamon, grated orange peel, 300 g dark chocolate, 300 g cream, 50 g rum.

Preparation:
Mix the eggs, milk, sugar and salt with a whisk, add the flour and stir until lump-free.
Adjust the density of the dough with sodawater (or water with gas) – most similar to dilute sour cream – and let it rest for half an hour.
An oiled, approx. Heat a pancake oven 20 cm in diameter, pour in approx. 1/3 cup dough so that it evenly coats the bottom of the pan.
Twirl it around to be laying equally. After baking for about 20 seconds, turn the pancakes over and bake them ready. Fry the walnuts dry, then grind half of them finely and the other half coarsely. Pour in the other ingredients, bring to a boil and then boil the nuts. Start heating the cream, add the chocolate and melt in it (carefully, being careful not to boil), then stir until smooth and add the rum.
Fill the pancakes with the walnut filling into a triangle shape or may roll them up, then serve with chocolate sauce and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Whipped cream on the topping can also enhance the heavenly Desert.

© Aggie Reiter

„Don’t want to miss a thing” Or Do Ya !?!

There’s no doubt when hearing the words „Don’t want to miss a thing” it triggers one of Aerosimth’s incedible hit.

No use to think twice if you like live music …then get into the mood … Feel …Watch …Hear the hotest show with crowd mix of young, middle age, and elder folks! Live over the great content over the years on Aerosmith’s tours whereas they will really bring the house down.

The greatest American rock band of all time, Aerosmith will be on 17 worldwide shows. On route in Budapest within 5 months at the new Budapest’s stadium, Puskas Arena on Monday July, 12 2021 whereas will be the venue for Aerosmith’s first show in Hungary since 1994. Currently will have one time show coming up, ain’t worth to miss it.

Hopefully the restrictions by that date may be eased and life will be back to nomal.

This legacy continues as Aerosmith celebrates their 50th anniversary of their formation by playing a string of European shows across the whole European continent. This monumental 50th anniversary European Tour will come off the heels of Aerosmith’s wildly popular.

Special guest on tour with them will be Rival Sons, an American rock band. Many probably have memories of the great 70s rock Black Sabbath in mind when hearing them and also singing CCR song as well. Great band to step on stage with legendary Aerosmith.

© Aggie Reiter

Rediscover the “Paloznak”Jazz Picnic – Hungary 2021.

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July, 29. – July 31. 2021.  Location: Paloznak, 2. Sport u. 2

Pandemic restrictions are still in place, but hopefully can make up for last year’s event due to the missed Covid-19 by the time of this year’s  “Paloznak” Jazzy Picnic  to spend a 3 days unforgettable togetherness  the picturesque Balaton Uplands.

Herald News: rollinginbudapest.com is pleased to spread news to the forthcoming giga ConcertsWines from Csopak-Paloznak region … mouthwatering Gastronomywhat else … for a fabulous week-end!?!

Overview of programs … First day – Thursday, July, 29.
Mario Biondi the Sicilian descent well-known as the Italian Barry White as they hear his special voice. The singer is considered as the European performer in jazz and soul. He exploded into the music scene in 2006 with his hit „This Is What You Are”. He is a story teller in betwen his soul/jazz sound songs. Released new album „Dare” after his 50th birthday. Biondi visited the vineyards of Paloznak for the first time in 2017 and gave an superb concert to the Hungarian audience.

Biondi is followed by a true legend band  Level 42. the English jazz-funk band formed on the Isle of Wight in 1979.
They had a number of UK and worldwide hits during the 80s and 90s. Was a big favorit from the 80s and millions have been still in today. The British band mixes elements of jazz, rock, pop, funky, and soul and blues in a unique sound that millions have been a fan of ever with Mark King the forefront bass guitar player as he conjures up his instrument. Sure will bring their well-known songs to Paloznak such as Lessons in Love, Something about You, or It’s Over and other giga hits. They have more than 30 million records sold worldwide.

Second day – Friday, July, 30. Caro Emerald – Dutch singer. Her concerts brings the unique blend of jazz, pop music, swing music, electro swing, easy listening, tango and the groovin ’jazz of the 90s. She is popular singer throughout Europe. Her albums are  total of one and a half million sold. Then in the evening continues with the melodies of MF Robots adding inimitable sounds, mix soul, R&B, funk and pop music into energetic, new-sounding music. Genre: Jazz.

Third day – Saturday, July, 31 German jazz collective, unique downtempo jazz player De Phazz will hold a joyful evening.  The ensemble combines modern musical trends with elements of soul, Latin music, trip hop and drum and bass in a lounge sound environment.  Dutch  saxophone goddess Candy Dulfer who don’t really have to be introduce. Candy created a deeply personal and unique blend of musical genres & influences, bound together by her trademark sound, showcasing her extreme versatility. She was in a minute really recognized when recordered with David A. Stewart – Lily Was Here.  Dulfer was also the featured saxophonist at concerts with Madonna, Prince, Pink Floyd, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin and others. Genres: Jazz, funk, soul. Also continuing The Kraak & Smaak band have had been booming all over Europe in recent years, giving character and creative performs to the international music within their Dutch formation for the best funk – hiphop – acid jazz ensemble in Europe. They are a Must see live band. Genre: Funk, Electronic music, Dance/Electronic.

Last but not least, in addition to international jazz performers in a wide spectrum of the representatives of the Hungarian section eminent domestic genre on a smaller stage.

Admission to the Paloznak Jazz Picnic is free of charge for children up to the age of 14 … who have not yet reached the age of 15 on the day of the festival event. Tickets and passes are already available in all categories, in addition to day tickets, two- and three-day passes, as well as VIP tickets and passes can be purchased. With the pass, jazz is yours every day from door opening to dawn!

For those who want to party and be present either on two legs or along with their favorit four leg pet, cause the Paloznak Jazz Picnic is doggy friendly.

The organizers are working hard to bring the legends of alsort areas of music lovers to spend an unforgettable 3 days together in the picturesque Balaton Uplands.

Tickets in English lanuage: https://en-jp-webshop.netpositive.hu/category/jegyekworldwide

Travel back-and-forth, accommodation options coming soon.

© Aggie Reiter

Herald News – MONYO Brewery’s “Kit”

Prior to the Monyo’s previous online press conference, Monyo sent  a “kit”  in advance of their latest craft beers. The report and a brief description in a wink will be following: 
For many  may be well known about MONYO Brewing, which is one of the country’s first new-wave breweries by bringing their creativity for new special craft beers.

Good to know … If curious about the name Monyo and the meaning of the word in English, then found an explanation to „Monyo” = “Energetic, charismatic, ambitious”. It may be misleading, but in the case of Monyo it is largely true.

Before getting into the “kit” of beer flavors, first let’s have a glance on Monyo unique identity labels to their various beer types …  Their goal was to create a visual universe label to their beers that was interconnected with its audience and reflected on funny stories to those scenes from cult movies. The graphic design were/are basically based on pop culture characters.
The craft beers are becoming more-and-more popular and who else could be more to be known for its label brand is the MONYO Brewing. MONYO has in use the latest technology, pays close attention to hygiene and uses only best ingredients. MONYO is one of the fastest-growing breweries in Hungary. In the year 2015 won the title „Brewery of the Year”, and received several other foreign awards.

Update concerning the „Kit”

The aroma and taste are outstanding, no wonder cause their tasteful craft beers brewed by local brewers.

MONYO Black Mamba – 6.8% – 0.33L
Among Monyo’s this is one of the regular beer. „Liquid euphoria” Dense and creamy stout with Malagasy bourbon vanilla, lactose and oatmeal. In the first place a strange one, wasn’t sure what to expect. The body is med-low. Black Mamba mouthfeel is smooth, it’s lightly fizzy, teases with nose of vanilla latte, dark chocolate and light roasted coffee beans. Very dark colour, quickly disappearing head. Pleasantly softly crawling into your heart.
MONYO Flying Rabbit American IPA – 6.5% – 0.33L
About the beer … It is the most well-known Hungarian craft IPA Amber colour with a thin white head. Aroma and taste is hops, citrus, peach, mango, resin, slightly malty. Medium body, average carbonation.  Flying Rabbit is brewed with copious amounts of Citra and Centennial hops, resulting in an intense outburst of tropical fruit and pine, grassy flavors. Overall the Flying Rabbit was born to soar!
SCHATZI – 5.5% – 0.33L
A real, full-bodied Bavarian wheat beer. The banana, clove scents are complemented by a little wheat citrus and restrained bitterness. It’s a perfect refresher after a long day at work or simply to get loose. Great refreshing
MONYO Cherry Hero – 4.3% –  0.33cl/L
The sip felt like a bite into a freshly harvested sour cherry, while the 4.3% alcohol content is also ideal for a “supplementation” lot.
The flavor is mouthwatering especially for beer lovers with experiencing the aroma of fruity taste in beer. Having a little sprinkle of burnt candy sugar and sweet cherry, a note of blackcurrant juice to enjoy the pleasure of its taste.

© snap – Aggie Reiter

Best Art Vinyl 2020 Award Winners

Wall vinyl record display – courtesy of Art Vinyl.

„Q” – But what is actually Art Vinyl? When was it founded?
„A” – Perfect for music and/or art enthusiasts for stylish interior design. Founded in London, England in 2005.

The first real champions of Art & Design for vinyl records. Art Vinyl also curate exhibitions celebrating the best in sleeve design. Perfect for music or art enthusiasts. Art Vinyl is the original way to display favorit vinyl records. Album covers even from the late 60s have a special place to music lovers and goes perfectly in use for stylish interior design. The Art & Design for vinyl records  each year hold curate exhibitions celebrating the best in sleeve design.
Without a safe environment to present the 16th Best Art Vinyl Award, hoping will at least enjoy a virtual tour around this year’s 50 nominations …  so said by the organisers. The annual Best at Art Vinyl Award 2020 showcase went virtual this year, where visitors could have had viewed the album cover artwork up close and vote for their favorit one.

Latest information to the Best Art Vinyl 2020 Award Winners

Artwork by Russell Oliver for IDLES album ‘Ultra Mono’
Design Chris Peyton at VVVOID for Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets album ‘Live at the Roundhouse’
Photography Maria Lax and Graphic Design David Kitson for Doves album ‘The Universal Want’

See above Image of 2020, the massive pink ball representing the band’s ‘unstoppable and unavoidable’ ideal of love and acceptance, colliding forcefully with any opposition. A message of Positivity against Adversity … something we’ve all had to embrace this year!

Good to know about the frames
– Play & Display Flip Frames: The unique Play & Display Flip Frame gives the chance to stylishly display own favorit vinyl albums or 12″ singles and their contents on your wall. With this record frame’s unique design, may also change over the display within seconds, without having to remove the frame from the wall. The Flip Frame has a unique quick release system – simply press the catch at the top and it will hinge open. The Flip Frames UV protected crystal clear front window brings out every detail of favorit album artwork, while protecting precious vinyl from sunlight, dust and with the back plate of the frame, soft pads at each corner ensure that the frame sits neatly against your wall

No two records are alike
– with this in mind the Flip Frames are specially designed to compensate for differences in the thickness of LP or 12″ records when displayed in the frame. This is achieved thanks to the unique ‘sponge finger’ system on the back of the Flip Frame, which ensures that any 12″ record will fit comfortably and securely inside.

Superb display for a lifetime as you can change your display over time  to your own beloved album cover framed into vinyl art.

© Aggie Reiter

Herald News – “Monyo Land” – Latest Outdoor Entertainment-Ville @ Budapest 2021.


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Just days earlier online press meeting was held by Antal Németh founder and co-owner of MONYO Brewing, whereas was announced an overiew to their new-age – new home to the Monyo Land.
Before getting into details, here are some headlines details: The dynamically developing MONYO Brewing Co. small-scale brewery is establishing a summer outdoor entertainment place in the garden of Monyo Brewery (Kőbánya) namely MONYO Land @ District, X., Gyömrői Road 148 – Budapest. It is expected to be open for the public on April 30, 2021.
Figures – Next to the hall of the new brewery is designed a 5,000 m2 garden, where the work has already begun. The most important parameters of the site: Capacity 1500 people – It is 30 mins. from the city center – Every half hour there will be a special direct bus service to the venue from Blaha Lujza Square/Budapest – 120 m2 stage area – Martin Audio sound system – SGM, ADJ and Robe lamps – Stage technology subcontractor (hangosito.hu) – 24-meter bar counter – 32 beer taps.

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Here you go an animated video to the forthcoming Monyo Land where/what to be organised (even though written in Hungarian language, still gives an insight to this huge ville.

Pairing… Stereo via Monyo …  how about that? …  Concerts on the premises MONYO Land opening its doors in the spring of 2021, and during the summer season 50 days for leasure and pleasure with finest beers at your fingertips @ Kőbánya/Budapest’s entertainmentville seeking audience to enjoy Friday’s and Saturday’s evenings  … ticket prices later,  but only on concert days needy. Otherwise free entry pass. Visitors will surely enjoy to get lousse, relax from their everyday hustle-and-bustle life.

Just a moment in time MONYO Brewing Co. brewery was founded in 2014 by master brewer Ádám Pein and Antal Németh, layed their goal was to get their quality kraft beers to as many beer-lover people as possible. In the autumn of 2019, with the involvement gain an investor with a solid background, the largest development in MONYO’s history to date, with its construction of a new brewery and the rest is history.
Plans for 2021 – in reach the capacity of the new brewery will be 2,000,000litre of beer/year, with a 2000litre brewery and 6000litre fermentation tanks. They also decided to joint their love of music and beers and set off a live music concert venue in the courtyard of their new ground.

Brewing with domestic bands – Quimby and Ivan and The Parasite. Was awesome opportunity for the bands to meet within their brands of beers and reach many new people. Firstly announced performers for the season of 2021: Carson Coma, Belga, The Biebers, Péterfy Bori & Love Band, Ricsárdgír.

Day tripper – On the concert days the visitors will be able to take part on the same day enhancing the MONYO Land experience on an exciting brewery tour at one of the most modern kraft breweries in Hungary.

“Icing on the cake”„LIQUID BREAD” (beer socalled by Hungarians) and  “KRAFT BREAD”. Mouthwatering bread will be available on the spot at the bread factory in the hall whereas kraft breads are baked by bakermen.

Image of MONYO Land – MONYO Land is a fantasy country to the future in both ways. The unique character of the venue is to be supported by the founders with a unique image.The surreal graphic world on the drawings-animations on the labels of MONYO beers takes it to a new level.

The MONYO Land program – MONYO Land’s music offerings show an even more colorful picture than its graphic image: the common point among the performers is the live band, but almost anything fits into the program terms of genre: pop, alternative and rock bands that scrub the mainstream and not scrub at all, hip-hop and electronic -musical performers, productions that have defined the Hungarian light music cycle for years, as well as the latest new bands ont he block.

Hospitality – MONYO Land would also like to present a different and new place in this area: the drink menu will be selected with the thoroughness and sophistication usual from MONYO. The founders aim is to provide a special experience in their unique, characteristic venue, with live music concerts and other entertainment, not to mention their quality beers – more than freshly tapped artisanal Monyo beers and of course, be constantly available as part of the regular offer, complemented by seasonal decoctions and specialty beers (e.g. barrel matured). From soft drinks and short drinks, only quality items are put into the glasses (not in plastic) striving to place as much emphasis as possible on the artisanal character. At the same time, no “high festival prices”! The organizers stated intention is to create quality hospitality that is affordable for everyone.
Three „ambassadors” of MONYO Land – Sena (Irie Maffia) –  Gergő Szirmai (videoblogger) Szabi Papp (Supernem) … mission impossible for them … work tirelessly on the preparation tasks and appear in a fun, absurdly unusual promotional video series on a weekly basis … see YT Monyo Land.

Covid situation, possible scenarios – Although the maximum capacity of the venue is 1500 people, also keeping eyes on the current and the up-to-date measures in holding of events. If nessesary lower the number of people participating at MONYO Land  and naturally using a maximally safe epidemiological protocol.

Transportation – There are a number of options to quickly access the suburban location. The traffic to MONYO Land is not as scary as it first seems. Further information on how-abouts later on.

© Aggie Reiter

The best Japanese film productions – free online screening

Every year, the Budapest Office of the Japan Foundation presents the best of Japanese film production with great success to the sophisticated movielovers. This year, for the first time, it will bring the experience of cinema to our living room online. Offering the largest repertoire to date, from February 26 to March 7, 2021, and will be able to watch 30 Japanese works for free  access to works by 12 independent (indie) young Japanese directors. The free online screening throughout the country will be in original language, having Hungarian or English subtitles.

Also may view including critically acclaimed award-winning works and mainstream entertainment films. The JFF PLUS Online Japan Film Festival, covers a total of 20 countries, and also was launched worldwide in November 2020.

As an initiative designed  is to bring together emerging young directors and musicians. Since its birth in 2012, this competitive film festival has provided an opportunity for a number of screenwriters and actors to present themselves as a springboard for young Japanese filmmakers.

The description of the films will also appear on the Japan Foundation’s Facebook page written in Hungarian language within the 12 days film shooting.

The films have also been screened in Thailand, Australia, Canada, North America, Germany and Spain.

@ Aggie Reiter

India 2021 Republic Day ceremonies were different this year.

Most probably not new information about India for many, but let’s go for a flashback to a little geography overview … India is one of the oldest civilizations in the world with a kaleidoscopic variety and rich cultural heritage. It has achieved all-round socio-economic progress since their Independence. Is is the 7th largest country in the world, India stands apart from the rest of Asia, marked off as it is by mountains and the sea, which give the country a distinct geographical entity. Bounded by the Great Himalayas in the north, it stretches southwards and at the Tropic of Cancer, tapers off into the Indian Ocean between the Bay of Bengal on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west.

Republic Day has been celebrated every year in India on January, 26, since 1950 honoring the date. This year the country marked its 72nd Republic Day. In 1950 the Constitution of India came into effect. India was a colony of the British for over 200 years and thenafter, it became independent from the rule of the British Raj following the struggle of the Indian independence movement.

Overview: The Constitution was adopted by the Indian Constituent Assembly on 26 November 1949 and came into effect on 26 January 1950 with a democratic government system, completing the country’s transition towards becoming an independent republic. Was chosen the date January, 26. as the date for Republic day because it was on this day in 1929 when the Declaration of Indian Independence (Purna Swaraj) was proclaimed by the Indian National Congress as opposed to the Dominion status offered by the British Regime.

January, 26 India celebrated R-Day by hosting the national flag, the parade of Defence and paramilitary forces, several festivities like parades are observed, which honours the Indian military forces and their cultural heritage. Each year the R-Day parade celebration starting point begins at Rajpath in New Delhi holding its way through from Rashtrapati Bhavan and end at India Gate. Unlike every year when the Republic Day parade are attended by thousands of people, this year celebrations were toned down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was the first to be organized amid the covid-19 pandemic which meant celebrations had to be taken with many changes, including a shorter route for the parade and much less public participation around the events.

Each year in he past were invited foreigner chief guest. However, this year’s celebration of Republic Day as a/m looked a little different due to the coronavirus. Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited UK PM Borish Johnson for the 72nd Republic Day to be the chief guest but he called off his India trip due to the mounting covid-19 cases at home caused by a virulent variant of the SARS-CoV2 strain that triggers covid-19.

The last time the parade did not have chief guest was in 1966 when Indira Gandhi was sworn in as PM on January,24 after the demise of Lal Bahadur Shastri.

India R-Day 2021

The ceremonial parade started off in the morning hours with the Presidential Guard escorting President Ram Nath Kovind from Rashtrapati Bhavan to the saluting dias. But this year, the parade … which usually start off from Vijay Chowk and winds its way down to the Red Fort and covers a distance of 8.2 kms … to terminate at the National Stadium. This meant that it was covered just about 1/3 or and distance cca. 3.3 km.

Missing this year at the parade were the veterans’ contingent that consists of ex-servicemen and women. Were absent the motorcycle stunts by troops of the army and the Central Armed Police Force personnel.
Each member of the contingents were wearing their mask – as per the protocol laid down by the Indian government to prevent the transmission of covid-19. In keeping with the social distancing rules, the six-day Bharat Parv – showcasing cuisines of various states – usually organized on Rajpath lawns from  January, 26-31 was neither to be held. 

A new additions to this year’s parade was including the Territorial Army contingent of the Madras regiment from Andaman and Nicobar islands – the first time the island chain is being presented at a Republic Day parade in New Delhi.

© Aggie Reiter