Chitra Kalyani

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If food is the music of love, play on

ALEXANDRIA: Gastronomy may at first seem an unusual avenue for dialogue. But on second thought, it begins to appear a brilliant, even ingenious way of bringing people together. Much like a cozy yet extra-large kitchen, Alexandria s Villa Antoniadis gardens were host last weekend to the bonhomie cooked up by the International Food Fair. Featuring …

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Cairo: Stories in movement

Some say that divine will guides the chaotic and unpredictable life in Cairo, but author Lesley Lababidi tells Daily News Egypt that, in fact, “two groups essentially keep Cairo moving. Colorful and concise, Lababidi’s latest book, “Cairo’s Street Stories begins with a dedication, above the picture of a lion that guards the Qasr El Nile …

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The Renaissance man: Mohamed El-Sawy

CAIRO: Age 15 was admittedly special for Mohamed El-Sawy, the 47-year-old director of the Sakia El-Sawy (Sawy Culture Wheel), Cairo’s foremost cultural hub. It was during this time, in high school, where he was introduced to what would become life-long passions: marathon running and puppetry. An architect with a degree from the Faculty of Fine …

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A musical dialogue: Rania Shaalan's music

Had Rania Shaalan picked a bicycle instead of a piano when given the choice on her seventh birthday, perhaps she wouldn’t have been singing at El-Sawy Culture Wheel last Tuesday. Picking the musical instrument was not strange for Shaalan, who grew up listening to older brother, Waleed Shaalan – from the band Stonefish that produced …

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Revolution at the Korba Fest

Wasaa lel agala! so goes the slogan of the Cairo Cycler’s Club (CCC) – “Make way for bikes! Founded in October 2007 by Ismail Marmoush and Ahmed Hamzawy, the Facebook group now has a following of over 650 online members. Last Friday saw over 50 members turning up at the Korba Festival, paving the way …

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Two shades of flamenco

The perception of flamenco dancing instantly conjures up images of dancers in swirling red skirts. Accompanying these figures is the sound of the feverish strumming of guitars, and a song encouraging the clicking heels of the dancer. The flamenco night, held earlier this week at the Gomhouria Theater, started a little differently – quite literally, …

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The wonderful world of Mummenschanz

It is always a source of wonder what can transpire in the empty stage that we call a theater, a space with an infinite scope of creativity made available when rules are disregarded. Last Thursday, the Cairo Opera House was host to the magic spun of a truly outstanding mime performance by the quartet, Mummenschanz, …

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Mightier than the sword

Russians of the Cold War era have been replaced on screen by Muslims and Arabs sporting beards and toting guns. Following 9/11, Muslims and Arabs are 40 times more likely to be portrayed in negative roles, rather than positive. These detailed facts, along with several others, have been cited in the research paper presented by …

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An Indian in Egypt

Aplatypus. A creature out of place. A worshipper of cows. An oracle of water-pumps. With such amusing comparisons, Amitav Ghosh evoked the puzzlement with which he was received in 1980 in a village in Egypt’s Beheira governorate while working on an anthropological study. In a lecture held at the American University in Cairo last week …

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Poetry, dance and music fail to rescue The Land Day

What do people remember of a land they left or, to be more precise, were forced to leave, 60 years later? National anthems of Egypt and Palestine began an evening which ended with the Dabka (traditional folk dance of the Levant). One wishes it had been the other way round – a father who had …

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Swiss Pied Piper takes on Cairo streets

Young Shahd from Ramsis College School calls him a “joker from a pack of cards, “and he doesn’t like people to fight with each other, she told Daily News Egypt. Clad in a half-yellow-half-red costume with a blue crest and tail, Swiss performing artist Foofwa D’Immobilité is pleased by the comparison. D’Immobilité uses public space …

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Bringing forth writers from behind the scenes

It is what every writer is afraid of – presenting an unfinished work to an open audience. Yet that was precisely the purpose of the evening at the British Council which, jointly with London’s Royal Court Theater, organized the New Writing for Theater Project. Sunday’s event at the British Council garden started with playwrights singing …

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