saturday 8th march
5 pm “The Idiots Guide to Indian Culture” – consisting of
1. A short introduction by Prof. Bharat Gupt (15 minutes)
2. An audio presentation of the Sacred Sounds of Islam (azaan), Buddhism (om mane padme hum) , Sikhism (ek onkar) and Hinduism (gayatri mantra) (15 minutes)
3. A musical exposition of 4 forms of Indian music (classical -khayal, semi classical - thumri, devotional - bhajan, bollywood - film song ) by Priya Kanungo ( 30 minutes)
4. A Q&A with Prof Gupt, Priya Kanungo and Robinson. (30 minutes)
The culture of India, unlike any other culture reflects a distinct continuity of values and ideas developed over its 5000 year history. Beginning with the Vedas and Upanishads, through Jain and Buddhist philosophies and all its 9 religions and 16 official languages, along with the concepts of satya, dharma, karma, rebirth, and ahimsa, social and material sciences, aesthetics, theatre, dance, crafts and the glorious cuisines of various regions have had a profound impact across the world.
Prof. Gupt talks very briefly about the important ideas in its philosophy and compares it to the ancient Greek culture that was very roughly contemporaneous.
Bharat Gupt, is a classicist, theatre theorist, sitar and surbahar player, musicologist, cultural analyst, and newspaper columnist. He is trained in both, Western and traditional Indian educational systems. He studied classical Greek theatre and has lectured extensively at Universities in India, North America, Europe, and Greece. His published books include: Dramatic Concepts Greek and Indian (1994), Natyasastra, Chapter 28: Ancient Scales of Indian Music (1996), Twelve Greek Poems into Hindi (2001), India: A Cultural Decline or Revival? (2008).
Priya Kanungo trained under Pandit Amarnath of the Indore Gharana, following which she briefly received musical guidance from Shrimati Shubha Mudgal. For many years after that, she was a disciple of Pandit Deepak Chatterjee, and currently, her gurus are the celebrated duo, Pandits Rajan and Sajan Misra of the Banaras Gharana.
She has an M.A., M.Phil, and Ph.D in Hindustani Vocal Music from Delhi University and has been awarded the National Talent Scholarship by the Ministry of Culture. She taught an introductory course in Hindustani Music at Yale University, USA.
Robinson is a Theologian, Meditation Practitioner and a Poet. He has an advanced certificate in Bible Studies and papers on comparative religion. He is currently researching on the mystical and meditative aspects in various religious traditions. He has published “Reminiscences: The Poetry of Communion”. His book ‘Christianity; An Indian Theological Perspective’ awaits publication. Robinson also conducts walks to Churches, Dargahs, Temples and Gurudwaras as well as interesting historical sites, bazaars and street foods of Delhi.
For this evening he is willing to answer questions on any aspect of Indian history, regional and street foods, the art of travelling in India and the explosive growth of Christian sects in India.
monday 10th to saturday 15th march
daily 10.30 am to 12.30 pm
T’ai Chi, Chi Kung and self-defense workshop (FOR WOMEN ONLY) conducted by Rodrigo Antonio Uribe
T'ai chi ch'uan is an internal Chinese martial art practised for both its defence training and its health benefits. The concept of the taiji appears in both Taoist and Confucian Chinese philosophy, where it represents the fusion of Yin and
Yang into a single ultimate, represented by the taijitu symbol.
The study of t'ai chi primarily involves three aspects:
• Health: Its training concentrates on relieving the physical effects of stress on the body and mind.
• Meditation: The focus and calmness cultivated by the meditative aspect of t'ai chi is seen as necessary in maintaining optimum health.
• Martial art: The ability to use t'ai chi as a form of self-defense in combat is the study of appropriate change in response to outside forces, the study of yielding to an incoming attack rather than attempting to meet it with opposing force.
Qigong or chi kung, is a practice of aligning breath, movement, and awareness for exercise, healing, and meditation. With roots in Chinese medicine, martial arts, and philosophy, qigong is traditionally viewed as a practice to cultivate and balance qi (chi) or what has been translated as "intrinsic life energy".
Qigong exercises have three components: a posture (moving or stationary), breathing techniques and mental focus on guiding chi through the body. They are considered to be both exercise and a type of alternative medicine
In this basic 6 day course participants will learn 24 movements in 3 directions of Tai Chi, 6 basic positions of Chi kung and ‘8 grips’ in the self defense techniques of how to defend against a person holding you from the back or front.
Rodrigo learnt Tai Chi at the center for Oriental Studies in Colombia and started teaching 11 years ago. He practices and teaches the simplified form of tai chi. He will focus primarily on posture, relaxation and how to concentrate the chi and the martial arts applications of Tai Chi, also incorporating martial art moves from Aikido and Kung Fu.
Participation by Registration only. Call or email. 2374 6050 email@example.com
Charges Rs. 5000
Cash or Cheques payable to Amarjit Bhagwant Singh Charitable Trust
Last date for registration wednesday 5th march 2014.
Maximum 10 participants only.