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    Music, film and performing arts get a showcase at The Journey, a day-long festival everyone has been waiting for

    Qaushiq-Mukherjee

    Qaushiq Mukherjee

    HIS is why we are envious of Mumbaiites. On December 14, as Johnnie Walker celebrates its legacy and philosophy through The Journey, a one-day festival, fans will be treated to The Alan Parsons Live Project, the mesmerising Ouroborosa��the Handspring Puppet Company, works by theatre producer John N Hart Jr and creative director Shane Carruth and a�?Qa�� aka Qaushiq Mukherjee. At Mumbaia��s Mehboob Studios, Bhavesh Somaya, the marketing director of Diageo India (Johnnie Walkera��s parent company), says the event will give audiences a wealth of cultural knowledge and inspiring content. a�?We hope to give them an opportunity to interact with experts, share progressive ideas and connect with like-minded people through moving performances, workshops and demonstrations,a�? says Somaya.

    Indian connection
    A big fan of traditional music, Parsons of The Alan Parsons Live Project says, a�?Ia��m a big Ravi Shankar fan. I love the sitar and tabla sounds. So in future, collaborations with distinctive sounds would be great.a�? He plans to showcase previous hits from 1976 to 1987. Parsons last came down in 2007 for the Johnnie Walker One Tree Music Festival. a�?India is an amazing experience and we cana��t wait to return,a�? he says.Meanwhile, Janni Young from Handspring Puppet Company is also looking forward to the experience. a�?We are coming to India for the first time and are really looking forward to our performance and sharing our art and our story with Indian audiences,a�? he says. Audiences will witness the unfolding drama of their puppetsa�� lives. a�?a�?Their interactions form a web of relationships, revealing the interdependence of the past, present and future,a�? heA�shares.Creative director, Shane Carruth, also new to India,A� will show his movie, Upstream Color. a�?a�?Since much of the film tries to communicate in tone rather than dialogue and in universal archtypes rather than contemporary or culturally specific themes, Ia��m hopeful that the Indian audience will have the same experience as the western audience,a�? he says.

    Movie marathon

    Shane Carruth

    Shane Carruth

    From India, we have Qaushiq Mukherjee bringing his band, Gandu Circus, which was born out of Gandu, the film he made in 2010. a�?The band was made keeping in mind the music production in Tasher Desh, a film I made in 2012. It was a massive collective experience, with musicians from around the world. I would like them to see something they have never experienced before,a��a�� he says.

    Tickets at Rs3,000. At Mehboob Studios, Mumbai, on December 14. Details:ankita.anthony@edelman.com
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