Chan Centre Connects: Katyar Kaljat Ghusali

(A Dagger Through the Heart)
India 2015. Dir: Subodh Bhave. 162 min. DCP

Based on a popular Indian play of the same name, this musical drama, set during the British Raj, tells of a longstanding rivalry between two renowned Hindustani classical singers in competition for the status of “royal singer”— a prestigious title that comes with a special dagger and a promise from the Maharaja of a pardon for a single murder! The film, a work of contemporary Marathi cinema, features musical numbers from the original 1967 play as well as newly composed music, and stars Mumbai-based singer Shankar Mahadevan. Mr. Mahadevan performs at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts on October 28 as part of “Zakir Hussain and Dave Holland: Crosscurrents.”

This special screening of Katyar Kaljat Ghusali is presented in conjunction with the concert performance “Zakir Hussain and Dave Holland: Crosscurrents,” at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts on Saturday, October 28, at 8:00 pm.

The Chan Centre Connects Series presents outreach activities related to visiting artists performing in the annual concert season at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC. For more information on these events, please visit


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