august 05 programmes


8th august
6.00 pm - 8.00 pm 'INAUGURATION by Rajeev Sethi & THE ARTISTS OF THE GOBAR SCULPTURES'

8th august
6.30 pm 'INVOCATION DANCE by Madhavi Mudgal'

8th august to 7th september
10.00 am to 5.30 pm 'EXHIBITION & FILM SHOW: GOBAR SHAKTI - RAJEEV SETHI'
This is a mini exhibit and auction of cow dung sculptures. an initiative of crafts people expressing their own stories through their skills. Part of a series titled Apni Kahani Apni Zubani. This exhibition symbolizes the aspirations of the craftspeople but rarely speaks of the harsh realities that surround their creations. The knowing skillful hands making these beautiful, useful objects belong to women & men who continually transform limited assets into tangible works of art. The works of art will be on sale. Craftspeople will be present for the first 3 days for Q & A sessions from 10 am to 1 pm.
11th august
6.30 pm 'NANAK - THE GURU SLIDE SHOW AND TALK by Arpana Caur/Mala Dayal'

  Mala Dayal has been involved with developing, selecting, editing and writing material for children for over 30 years. Arpana Caur is among the foremost Indian contemporary painters. the recipient of numerous awards. her work has been widely exhibited in india and abroad and is in public and private collection in leading galleries and museums in Asia, Europe and USA. in 2003 she held an exhibition of paintings entirely devoted to Guru Nanak. She shows slides and talks about her other works.

Interactive the audience is encouraged to ask questions and offer viewpoints.

18th august

7.00 pm 'ILLUSTRATED TALK - THE VOCABULARY OF DESIRE by Dr. Geeti Sen'
In Indian sensibility, as in many cultures, the woman is represented as an allegory of Nature. This holds true specially in mythical narratives, popularized through the pictures by Raja Ravi Varma.

It needed the boldness of a woman artist in the 1930's, Amrita Sher-Gil, to introduce a radical new perspective for 'seeing' the woman - not as a desirable object of the male gaze but as a woman impassioned, one who desires. Her unfinished ' project' is continued by woman artists from the 1980's, by commenting on the mythic image, on the female torso ,by using the poetics of the color red - to reassert her identity.

Dr Geeti Sen is a cultural historian, art critic and the author of 6 books on Indian art.
23 august
7.00 pm 'CONVERSATION - REVISITING PARTITION by Urvashi Butalia'

Author the Other Side of Silence. Director Zubaan comes back to some stories from her award winning book with new developments.

The wounds of the partition of India specially the division of the Punjab were so raw that for almost 40 years almost nobody could write or talk about them dispassionately. The simple but powerful stories of the human tragedies was explored in the book. Urvashi returned to Lahore and followed up on some of the stories in the book. She will share these with you. Interactive. Her books will be on sale at the time of the conversation.

26th august
7.00 pm 'TEXTURE TONE TOPOGRAPHY - A CANDLELIT EVENING OF 'POETRY, IMAGE & SOUND by Sudeep Sen'


Sudeep reads from his' Rain ' poetry . Srinivas plays the flute, the candles float in the water,

'it is another space, another view, but the same rain......'

Sudeep Sen is a world poet with numerous award-winning books, including Postmarked India (HarperCollins), Prayer Flag ,and Rain. He has been involved with many shows with international artists all over the world. He is widely considered among the leading younger contemporary English poets in the world.