Journalist and Author Christina Lamb at The Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2017

A Look Back: Christina Lamb at the Fairway Galle Literary Festival

“A literary festival in a medieval fort. Palm trees and sunsets over the Indian ocean; poets and jazz singers; book lovers from Sri Lanka and around the world. What not to like! Galle was the most magical literary festival I have ever been to …  I didn’t want to leave.”

– Christina Lamb (#FGLF2017)

Christina Lamb OBE, participated at the 2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival in Sri Lanka.

She is one of Britain’s leading foreign correspondents, having won the Foreign Correspondent of the Year award – five times, and the bestselling author of several books, including I am Malala, which she co-wrote with Malala Yousafzai.

Her events at the Fairway Galle Literary Festival, included:

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“I never set out to cover conflict or war … I actually really just wanted to be a novelist.”

 

Christina Lamb has reported from most of the world’s hot-spots starting with Afghanistan after an unexpected wedding invitation led her to Karachi in 1987 when she was just 22. She consequently moved to Peshawar to cover the mujaheddin fighting the Soviet Union and within two years she had been named Young Journalist of the Year.

Farwell Kabul a book by Christina Lamb - FGLF2017 Participant

Her assignments have seen her narrowly escape danger on several occasions, notably, in 2007 she was on-board a bus which was attacked during an attempt on the life of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, which left at least 180 people dead.

In an interview with the Khaleej Times, Christina explains that she never set out to make a career out of journalism, but over the years – driven by a passion for storytelling – she has traveled the globe, giving a voice to the voiceless in often dangerous, life-threatening situations.

“You’re meeting people living on the edge in really dramatic circumstances, and it’s very difficult sometimes to go back to everyday life after doing that”.

“Also, the world is a much messier place. There are more wars going on now than ever in my lifetime. If you want to cover major foreign issues, that means going into dangerous places”.

Over the years, work such as hers has become more dangerous, as extremist groups and governments increasingly turn their weapons on journalists.

 

“If they kill a soldier, it doesn’t make headlines – If they kill a journalist, it makes headlines … and they don’t differentiate.”

 

Despite the difficult situations that she often reports on and writes about, Lamb said she does what she can to find the uplifting and positive stories that can arise from tragedy, such as the tale of Nujeen Mustafa.

Nujeen: One Girl’s Incredible Journey From War-Torn Syria in a Wheelchair published by Harper Collins, is Christina Lamb’s newest book which recounts the experience of the wheelchair-bound Syrian who travelled 3,500 miles from her destroyed hometown of Kobani in Syria to Germany. The story details how the Nujeen and her sister overcame smugglers, dangerously leaky dinghies, and razor wire to reach freedom.

Read this fascinating interview with Christina Lamb on Nujeen on National Geographic.

Nujeen: One Girl’s Incredible Journey From War-Torn Syria in a Wheelchair - with Christina Lamb

Christina Lamb is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society; was presented the Sue Lloyd-Roberts/UNHCR Award for her writing on refugees; in 2016 she won the Foreign Press Association Award for Feature of the Year for reporting on the Chibok girls in Nigeria and in 2015 Amnesty International’s Newspaper Journalist of the Year for reporting from inside Libyan detention centres.

Her books include:

Follow Christina Lamb on her website at: http://christinalamb.net/index.html

Shaping Structure by Sue Harrigan

Hempel Galleries Presents ‘Shaping Texture’

An Exhibition by Artist Sue Harrigan

Hempel Galleries presents Shaping Texture by artist Sue Harrigan

Hempel Galleries presents ‘Shaping Texture’ by Sue Harrigan

Sue’s love of natural form and texture is revealed in her interpretation of the human form, pattern and texture, which she will be presenting for the first time in Sri Lanka.

“The ancient olive trees in the surrounding area of my home in northern Tuscany embody this. I see the twisted trunks resembling pleated silk skirts; knurled deformities as billowing fabric and the intertwined boughs soaring their way to heaven, as female bodies frozen in time. The rhythm of nature beats at the heart of my work.” – Sue Harrigan.

Sue grew up in the U.K. and now splits her time between Tuscany, the U.K. and Sri Lanka.

“I have lived in Sri Lanka too: revelling in the colour and vibrancy of daily life and nature; the form of the Bodhi trees inspiring my work, is an accretion of my perceptions and observations.” – Sue Harrigan.

This Exhibition will continue for the duration of the Festival.

  • Venue: The Amangalla Spa, Amangalla Hotel, 10, Church Street, Galle Fort.

Private Viewing

Don’t miss the exclusive private viewing which will be held on Friday, January 13th from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m  to meet the artist for cocktails and canapés.

  • Venue: Amangalla Spa
  • Date: Friday, January 13th 2017
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Buy a Book - Help a Child by Sri Lankan Cares at FGLF 2017.

Buy a Book – Help a Child.

Here’s your chance to acquire the following Rare Autographed Books by the world-renowned authors who participated in the Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2016.

Buy a Book - Help a Child with Sri Lankan Cares at the 2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival.

All proceeds of the sale of these books will go to child education programmes conducted by SriLankan Cares, the community development arm of SriLankan Airlines.

Book Author Price in Sri Lankan Rupees
Birdsong: A Novel of Love and War Sebastian Faulks 7,500
Deeper than Indigo: Tracing Thomas Machell, Forgotten Explorer Jenny Balfour-Paul 7,500
Jeeves and the Wedding Bells Sebastian Faulks 7,000
Made in India: Cooked In Britain Recipes From And Indian Family Kitchen Meera Sodha 7,500
Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic Tom Holland 8,500
The Humans: A Novel Matt Haig 7,500
The Hungry Tide: A Novel Amitav Ghosh 8,000
You’re a Bad Man, Mr Gum! Andy Stanton 7,000

To make your purchases … visit the SriLankan Airlines Stall at the Lit Café, at the Fairway Galle Literary Festival from 11 January – 15 January 2017.

For more information please visit Sri Lankan Cares

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Author Dinah Jefferies

Author Dinah Jefferies Will Not Be Attending the Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2017

Dinah Jefferies was suddenly taken ill on Wednesday January 4th evening.

In her keen desire to attend the Festival, she held off canceling in the hopes her doctors would still permit her to travel because she really wanted to attend the Festival and also visit Sri Lanka.

Unfortunately, by Thursday night, her doctors, after careful consultation and examination of Ms. Jefferies, advised her not to fly for the next two weeks. She sends her deep regrets about having to cancel.

In light of this, the Festival announces that her In Conversation session scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Thursday January 12th, as well as her Private Affair on Saturday January 14th at 12:30 p.m. will be CANCELLED.

However, the Literary Dinner she was to co-host with the brilliant poet Kate Tempest on Friday, January 13th at 8 p.m. at Tamarind Hill will go ahead.

2017 FGLF Event: Literary Dinner with Dinah Jefferies and Kate Tempest.

2017 FGLF Event: Literary Dinner with Dinah Jefferies and Kate Tempest.

Tempest’s album was recently nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize and was winner of the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. She is a rising star on the music and spoken word scene. It promises to be a dazzling evening that attendees will long remember.

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FGLF 2017 - Exhibitions

FGLF 2017 – Exhibitions

THE NIGHTMARE SERIES.

– Work by Pure Evil.

FGLF 2017 Exhibition - The Nightmare Series by Pure Evil.

Charles Uzzell-Edwards is the street artist known as Pure Evil. His art of primarily modern icons is both a biographical signature and a cultural critique of the West.

His pop culture symbols are viewed in urban landscapes from Sao Paulo to Sydney. For the Fairway Galle Literary Festival, Pure Evil is exhibiting a series of works known as the Nightmare Series.

A chance email from a Chinese “copy village” gave Pure Evil the impetus for his Nightmare Series.

The village offered, via email, a list of artists it could reproduce, including three Andy Warhol paintings. The idea of Warhol’s entire artistic output distilled down to three small 64×64 pixel thumbnails of Jackie Kennedy, Liz Taylor and an Electric Chair became the inspiration for the doomed and dripping celebrity portraits in this exhibition.

They are an illustration of the heartbreak and sadness we have all experienced in relationships in the past.

  • Venue: Fort Bazaar Hotel & Spa, 26, Church Street, Galle Fort.
  • Date: Thursday January 12th – Sunday January 15th, 2017.
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Meet the Artist Charles Uzzel Edwards (Fort Bazaar Hotel & Spa) Limited free booked passes. Cocktails and canapés.

  • Date: Saturday January 14th, 2017.
  • Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Hempel Galleries presents ‘SHAPING TEXTURE’.

– An Exhibition by Sue Harrigan.

 

Hempel Galleries presents Shaping Texture by artist Sue Harrigan

Hempel Galleries presents Shaping Texture by artist Sue Harrigan

Sue’s love of natural form and texture is revealed in her interpretation of the human form, pattern and texture, which she will be presenting for the first time in Sri Lanka.

“The ancient olive trees in the surrounding area of my home in northern Tuscany embody this. I see the twisted trunks resembling pleated silk skirts; knurled deformities as billowing fabric and the intertwined boughs soaring their way to heaven, as female bodies frozen in time. The rhythm of nature beats at the heart of my work.”

Sue grew up in the U.K. and now splits her time between Tuscany, the U.K. and Sri Lanka.

“I have lived in Sri Lanka too: revelling in the colour and vibrancy of daily life and nature; the form of the Bodhi trees inspiring my work, is an accretion of my perceptions and observations.”

The Exhibition will continue for the duration of the Festival.

  • Venue: The Amangalla Spa, Amangalla Hotel, 10, Church Street, Galle Fort.

A private viewing is available on Friday January 13th from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


Bawa Staircases

– Exhibition by Sebastian Posings

FGLF 2017 Exhibition - Bawa Staircases by Sebastian Posings.

Whilst they were working on their book ‘In Search of Bawa’, David Robson and Sebastian Posingis were struck by the diversity and ingenuity of Geoffrey Bawa’s staircase designs.

These range from the tiniest of domestic staircases – such as that which leads up from his private bathroom courtyard to his secret lookout at Lunuganga – to the plethora of grand flights that grace the University of Ruhuna campus.

David and Sebastian decided to record all those that still survive and plan to produce a book of them.

This exhibition of Sebastian’s photographs is hung in the upper pool court of Geoffrey Bawa’s Lighthouse Hotel, and is reached via the astonishing staircase made by Laki Senanayake which, with its balustrade of writhing warriors, re-enacts the Battle of Radeniya.

The exhibition runs for the duration of the Festival.

  • Venue: The Jetwing Lighthouse Hotel 433A, Dadella, Galle.
  • Dates: Thursday January 12th – Sunday January 15th
  • Times: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

ART AT THE FEST.

– Work by Leo Art Artists.

FGLF 2017 Exhibition - Leo Art at the Fest.

Leo Art is an artists-in-residence programme designed to encourage creativity in the fine arts by providing artists with a space to express their ideas, collaborate with agency teams on commercial projects and be seen and appreciated by a wider audience.

In August, to celebrate the 81st anniversary of Leo Burnett Worldwide, the company gave back to the creative community by holding the 7th edition of Leo Art, titled ‘Strokes at the Mews’, it featured 19 contemporary Sri Lankan artists.

Leo Art will stage its 8th edition during the Festival at The Fort Printers Hotel.

It will feature a new collection of canvases from 10 selected contemporary artists.

  • Venue: The Fort Printers, 39, Pedlar Street, Galle Fort.
  • Dates: Thursday January 12th – Sunday January 15th.
  • Times: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Exhibition and Book Launch: Nayomi Munaweera and Leo Art (The Fort Printers). Limited Free Booked Passes. Mocktails and canapes will be served.

  • Thursday January 12th, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
FGLF 2017 New Events with N. Ram, Nayanjot Lahiri, Kate Tempest and Jennifer Murray.

The Fairway Galle Literary Festival Announces Some Exciting New Last Minute Additions …

With less than a week to go before opening night, the Fairway Galle Literary Festival is excited to announce some last minute additions to it”s programme …

2017 FGLF Event - Thinking Out Loud with N. Ram

N. Ram, Chairman and Publisher of The Hindu group of newspapers will be giving a talk titled Free Speech Deficits which will be a reflection on the fraught state of freedom of expression in India, with some brief observations on recent free speech issues in Sri Lanka.

Date: Friday, January 13th, 2017
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Maritime Museum, Galle Fort
Entry Ticket: FREE

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SUNSET SERIES: Jennifer Murray on Solo.

Jennifer Murray’s spellbinding talk on her adventure flying a helicopter solo to the Artic, and her subsequent crash and tale of survival in whiteout conditions will now be accompanied by free cocktails and canapés at Tamarind Hill, for those who buy tickets to her event.

Date: Saturday, January 14th, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Tamarind Hill, Galle
Entry Ticket: Rs. 1,000

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FGLF 2017 Event - Thinking Out Loud with Kate Tempest on Let Them Eat Chaos.

Don’t miss Kate Tempest’s dazzling spoken-word performance from her new album ‘Let Them Eat Chaos’

Date: Friday, January 13th, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Location: Fairway Pavilion, Galle Fort
Entry Ticket: Rs. 1,000 or with a Festival Pass or a Friday Day Pass.

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2017 FGLF Event: Nayanjot Lahiri on Finding Forgotten Cities - How The Indus Civilization was Discovered.

By popular festival demand Professor Nayanjot Lahiri will be giving an additional talk on ‘Finding Forgotten Cities: How The Indus Civilization was Discovered’.

Date: Thursday, January 12th, 2017.
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Fairway Pavilion, Galle Fort
Entry Ticket: Rs. 1,200 or with a Festival Pass.

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Buy your tickets online at MyDeal.lk or at our box offices in Colombo, hotline – 0717040011 and Galle hotline 0717020011.

Please note the Colombo Box Office will close from 8th January and reopen in Galle at 25, Leyn Bahn Street, Galle Fort on 9th January.

Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2017 Participant Amish Tripati

Literary Dinner with Amish Tripathi on The Shiva Trilogy

The fastest selling book series in the history of Indian publishing.

FGLF 2017 Literary Dinner with Amish Tripathi on The Shiva Trilogy.

Amish Tripathi, is a best selling Indian author, known for his novels ‘The Immortals of Meluha’, ‘The Secret of the Nagas’ and ‘The Oath of the Vayuputras’. The three books collectively comprise the Shiva Trilogy’, a mythical fantasy based on Lord Shiva.

A chance to dine with fellow fans and meet this figure who is a literary legend in India. Ask him those questions you longed to ask after reading his wonderful books and find out about his writers journey from multiple rejections to breaking records in India’s publishing industry.

VIDEO: The Journey of The Shiva Trilogy

The Shiva Trilogy has become the fastest selling book series in the history of Indian publishing, with 3.5 million copies in print and over Rs 70 crore (Rs.700,000,000) in sales.

Fairway Galle Literary Festival presents The Shiva Trilogy by Amish Tripathi.

The Shiva Trilogy books have been translated into English (South Asia), English (UK), English (US), Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Telugu, Tamil, Gujarati, Assamese, Malayalam, Kannada, Estonian, Spanish, Portuguese, Bahasa Indonesian and Oriya.

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LITERARY DINNER: AMISH TRIPATHI ON THE SHIVA TRILOGY

  • Date: FGLF Day 2, Thursday, January 12 2017
  • Time: 8pm – 10pm
  • Location: The Galle Fort Hotel, Galle Fort.
  • Tickets: Rs.7,500

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Learn More About: Amish Tripathi

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant -Fuchsia Dunlop.

For the Foodies: A Lunch Date with Fuchsia Dunlop

The Secrets of Authentic Chinese Cuisine

Learn the secrets of authentic Chinese Cuisine from award-winning chef and food author Fuchsia Dunlop, considered one of the worlds great experts on authentic Chinese Cuisine.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Event - Cookery Class and Lunch with Fuchsia Dunlop.

Ever wanted to be able to make authentic tasting Chinese dishes like these … yourself?

Home Cooked Authentic Chinese Dishes by Fuchsia Dunlop

Home Cooked Authentic Chinese Dishes by Fuchsia Dunlop – Photographs via Instagram @fuchsiadunlop.

Here’s your chance …

Don’t miss out on this hands-on introduction to some of the cooking techniques of the Jiangnan region in eastern China, an area renowned for centuries for its exquisite cuisine and sophisticated gastronomic culture.

The class will be followed by a delicious lunch of your own creation.

VIDEO: Fuchsia on the healthy side of Chinese cuisine …

Event:

COOKERY CLASS, FOLLOWED BY LUNCH: FUCHSIA DUNLOP ON THE SECRETS OF AUTHENTIC CHINESE COOKING

  • Date: Thursday, January 12 2017
  • Time: 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
  • Location: No. 5 Middle Street, Galle Fort.

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Participant:

Fuchsia’s work has appeared in publications including The Financial Times, Lucky Peach, Saveur, The New Yorker, Observer Food Monthly and Gourmet.

She is a regular guest on radio and television, and has appeared on shows including Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown (2016), CNN’s On China, Gordon Ramsay’s The F-Word, NPR’s All Things Considered and The Food Programme on BBC Radio 4.

In the United States, she has won four James Beard awards, including International Cookbook (2014) for Every Grain of Rice and three for articles published in Lucky Peach and The Financial Times.

She was named ‘Food Journalist of the Year’ by the British Guild of Food Writers (GFW) in 2006, and has also won GFW awards for three of her books.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival - Bestselling Books by Fuchsia Dunlop

Her memoir, Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper won the IACP Jane Grigson Award in the US, and the GFW Kate Whiteman Award for Food and Travel in the UK.

… Learn More About: Fuchsia Dunlop

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2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Children's Programme.

Learning Made Fun at the 2017 MAS Galle Children’s Programme.

Activities & Workshops for the Younger Literati.

Tickets for the Children’s Programme will be available for purchase up until the day of each event … But HURRY, tickets are selling out fast!

Collect Tickets from the Festival Box Office at: 25, Leyn Bahn Street, Galle Fort.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Children's Programme - sponsored by MAS Holdings.

The 2017 MAS Galle Children’s Programme, has a super-cool, 2-day Mini Lit Fest scheduled on Saturday, Jan 14 and Sunday Jan 15, at the Thomas Gall School, to once again engage our younger festival-goers in a fun series of activities and workshops.

Events will be hosted by several of the award-winning participants from the main 2017 Galle Literary Festival ensuring a day full of fun-filled activities for budding learners.

The programme is tailored to 3 individual age groups:

  • 5-7 years.
  • 8-11 years.
  • 12-14 years.

The events will include storyboarding, performance poetry, theatre, writing songs, drawing comics and even demystifying illusions and magic tricks, along with yummy refreshments and a delicious lunch served during the breaks.

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  • Pass for Saturday, January 14th 2017: Rs.3,000
  • Pass for Sunday, January 15th 2017: Rs.2,500

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Featured Workshops

Story Telling with Jeeva Raghunath

FGLF 2017 Children's Programme Participant - Jeeva Raghunath

Jeeva Raghunath’s workshops are highly interactive and based on time-tested techniques which develop communication skills and develop language skills through story telling. They include, tell-along tales with finger play, participatory storytelling, interactive stories and theatrical techniques for older teens where they will learn how a simple narrative can become a performance by using voice, body and soul.


The Secrets of Magic with Neel Madhav

2017 FGLF Children's Programme Participant - Magician Neel Madhav

Nothing wow’s us more than magic! Well now your kids will learn the “tricks of the trade” from one of the best in the region. Neel Madhav is a celebrated new-age illusionist and mentalist who combines magic with mentalism to deliver an experience that will entertain and amaze. He is the creator of the hugely popular travel and street-magic show ‘You Got Magic with Neel Madhav’, which is in its third year.


Create a Comic with Reinhard Kleist

2017 FGLF Children's Programme Participant - Reinhard Kleist.

Moms and dads, you must have heard of The Avengers or at least Superman by now, right? Well, trust us when we say that your kids have! Now they get the chance to learn how to create their first comic book with award winning graphic novel illustrator Reinhard Kleist, where he will workshop the step by step development and illustration of a story about a beach-dwelling hero.


Street Art with Charles Uzzell Edwards

2017 FGLF Children's Programme Participant - Charles Uzzell Edwards aka Pure Evil

Street Art … better known by the cool kids as Graffiti, will be taught by a master of the art-form, Charles Uzzell Edwards. His workshops for the kids will include learning how to create his iconic street art animals, street art lettering, making stencils, using paints, creating tags, bubble letters and more for each different age group.


Rhythm and Rhyme with Ramsay

2017 FGLF Children's Programme Participant - Ramsay

Entertaining and fun-filled songwriting workshops await kids and teens where they will learn how to write a songs which expresses their individual creativity, rhyming and singing talents all at once … Watch out Adele!


Poetry Writing, Music and Games with Jemima Foxtrot

2017 FGLF Children's Programme Participant - Jemima Foxtrot.

Acclaimed British performance poet Jemima Foxtrot will teach your kids how to write the recipe of their name! Curious? … We would hope so! A game driven worksop that teaches how to write a acrostic poem around – your name. For the teenagers, Jemima will use their favorite pop songs to teach them how ‘their music’ can inspire their own poetry.


Performance Poetry with Luke Wright

2017 FGLF Children's Programme Participant - Luke Wright

Especially for the teens with something to say … wordsmith and performance poet extrodinaire Luke Wright will teach techniques of how to write poems that are punchy, powerful and sound “too cool for school”! At his workshop students will write a poem and yes … perform it like a pro!


Memory Poetry and Storyboarding with Malika Booker.

2017 FGLF Children's Programme Participant - Malika Booker.

Our life journey is our memories, Malika Booker will teach how to create a map of those memories and bring your personal poetry to life. The youngsters will also learn to use creative drawing as a tool to build and plan their own stories.


Create Your Own Characters with Anita Nair.

2017 FGLF Children's Programme Participant - Anita Nair.

A fun workshop where our young literati will create their own characters with word and line guided by Anita Nair, recipient of the Central Sahitya Akademi award for her contribution to Children’s Literature in 2013, whose books have been translated into 30 languages.


Characters from Folklore with Prashani Rambukwella.

2017 FGLF Children's Programme Participant - Prashani Rambukwella.

A fun-filled creative workshop where youngsters get to know some popular characters from folklore … and create their very own!


A Story about Self Discovery with Preeti Vyas

2017 MAS Children's Program Participant - Preeti Vyas.

Preeti Vyas is going to introduce you to Samaira, little chocolate-coloured little girl who loves colours. But what happens when she meets a strange purple lady who offers to change her into a shade of white? Will little Samaira give in to the annoying Anahi’s narrow idea of beauty, or is she happy just the way she is? Join Samaira on her journey of self discovery up on the fluffy clouds.


  • Pass for Saturday, January 14th 2017: Rs.3,000
  • Pass for Sunday, January 15th 2017: Rs.2,500

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