The first one is an exceptional concert that will take place in La Roche-en-Ardenne, my Belgium hometown. It is the ambition of ‘Bart Jacobs,’ organist of the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula of Brussels and ‘Les Muffatti,’ Brussels Baroque Orchestra, to mix the concerto movements of cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach. This German composer and musician never wrote organ concertos, but used it as a solo instrument in more than 18 cantates. Transcending the intimate harpsichord into a colorful and powerful organ-specific universe and at the same time playing with the acoustics of the St. Nicholas Church in La Roche-en-Ardenne, makes this concert on the 27th of April worthwhile to go.
In Salalah, in Dhofar, in City Cinema Oman, it is the Indian movie ‘Padmaavat’ that showed me another Bollywood. It is not only the most expensive Hindi film and one of the most expensive Indian films ever made. It is also the first Indian film to be released in IMAX 3D. The ambition to go international is contracted with Paramount Pictures. The film is an adaptation of an epic poem written by Sufi poet Malik Muhammed Jayasi in 1540. The poem is a fictionalised account of Alauddin Khilji’s 1303 siege of Chittorgarh in Rajputana, present day Rajastahn. Set in 1303 AD medieval India, Padmaavat is the story of honour, valour and obsession. Although the film got a lot of protest in several regions of India, the ambition to go international is contracted with Paramount. Padmaavat, worthwhile to see, will be released in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East.