january 06 programmes
6.30 pm 'Milestones -"Experiencing
Indian classical dance forms" - A lecture-demonstration'
the time of Independence most classical Indian dance forms
had been degraded, temple dancing forbidden and the devadasis
had become entertainers 'sadir' ( nautch girls ).
In the 1970's Swapnasundari made a sensational debut and
earned global acclaim for her creative expression through
Koochipoodi & Bharatha Natyam, and through vocal music
and composition, choreography and teaching but 20 years
later she reached at a turning point in her life and went
back to the roots of temple dancing. She has researched,
recreated, codified and restructured the near obsolete
temple dances of Andhra as a classical form 'Vilasini
Natyam'. She demonstrates and compares these dance forms
and talks about her life as an artist and performer.
In recognition of her many contributions to the field
of culture, Swapnasundari has been decorated with the
Central Sangeet Natak Akademi award. She is the youngest
and only solo Koochipoodi daneuse who has been decorated
with Padma Bhushan by the President of India.
6.30 pm 'Young Dancers
Festival - 'WINGS ... of clouds.'A modern dance'
by Sudesh Adhana
the sky, the world of shapes and mysteries is continuously
creating and destroying itself - thus reaching its senses.
Wings… is a revelation, where the dancer through
the medium of his body and movements explores the enthralling
moods of clouds. Silence, beauty, puzzlement and its thunderous
nature are a few of the many interpretations sought, felt
and integrated into this solo performance.
Sudesh Adhana looks at dance as his way of communicating
. He first learnt Mayurbhanj Chhau the martial art dance
form of Orissa at the Bharatiya Kala Kendra, joined Santosh
Nair exploring contemporary dance form and has worked
with Astad Debu, Navtej Singh Johar and Aditi Mangaldas.
He has performed "The Net of Pas de Deux" with
Ella Christina Fiskum in India and Europe, "Transposition
"directed by Dadi Pudumjee , "Beyond Borders"
- a collaboration project with Norwegian choreographer
6.30 pm ‘The Magic
of Nepal - A talk and slide show’
by Deb Mukharji
since the Nepal Himalaya was opened to outsiders in the
early fifties, it has attracted floods of trekkers and
mountaineers from different parts of the world. The accessibility
of the himals - as the massifs are known in Nepal - and
the fine arrangements for stay that have been put in place
by local inhabitants make it a joy and pleasure to trek
in Nepal. The programme brings together words and images
describing The Magic of Nepal.
Deb Mukharji is an avid trekker and an accomplished photographer
who has been walking in the Himalaya for over five decades.
Over the years his photographic shows and exhibitions
have been appreciated by critics and audiences. The Magic
of Nepal brings together over 20,000 words describing
the beauty of different himals together with nearly 200
photographs. In his professional life Deb Mukharji was
a member of the Indian Foreign Service and retired as
our ambassador to Nepal.
saturday 14th january
6.30 pm 'Tapestry of Sounds
- A Dhrupad Lecture & Demonstration'
by Ustad Faiyaz Wasifuddin
master musical craftsman weaves quasi invisible threads
of sounds, shrutis, around the tanpura strings reminiscent
of the weaving of Pashmina shawls or the "katha"
work of Bengal , where the womenfolk sing and improvise
with each stitch. Here also the musician starts with the
threads and weaves a theme, everything else is on the
spot improvisation , integrating the mood of the moment,
the place and of the audience into his "weaving".
Every note creates the context for the next one and subtly
works its way towards unfolding the imagery of the piece.
Ustad F. Wasifuddin Dagar will happily be your "fil
d'Ariane" guiding you through the intricacies of
the labyrinth of sound and highlighting its components
and criss-crossings He will talk about his families dhrupad
heritage which goes back twenty unbroken generations since
before the time of Akbar in the world famous Dagar gharana.
The specificity of the Dagar music style, revolves around
the improvised application of minuscule shades of swaras
revealing their individuality against the background of
the plucked strings of the tanpura acting as a reference
drone. The tanpura becomes a sound warp into which the
voice, touch by touch, "note-knot" after "note-knot"
completes the design of the raga, the tapestry. Everything
in this music is an integral and unique part of Indian
musical heritage sought after by those in quest of universal
seminal cultural roots.
Ustad Faiyaz Wasifuddin Dagar donned the mantle of his
father and uncle, the 'Dagar Brothers', after their demise
in 1989 and 1994 respectively. He has undertaken to take
dhrupad to the young generation and to all four corners
of the world through concerts, workshops and lecture-demonstrations.
He has to his credit many CDs recorded in India and abroad.
He continues the Dagar Brothers mission of holding three-day
Dhrupad Samarohs yearly in Delhi and Jaipur to open a
platform to all living schools of dhrupad.
tuesday 17th january
6.30 pm 'A Reading of Textiles
from Thailand' by
Ikat technique "Mud (to tie) Mee (thin noodles, threads)"
is the art of tying and dyeing threads before they are
woven . The design is formed by the warp or weft threads(
single Ikat ) or by both ( double Ikat ) In Thailand weft
Ikat is the most commonly used technique and has been
practiced for centuries mainly by women farmers, previously
for their own families use and more recently to earn a
side income after their work in the rice fields.. The
King and Queen of Thailand have set up institutions to
support the weavers and perpetuate Thai traditions and
The designs and patterns are replete with symbols and
meanings. Michele will take us on an exploratory journey
through the traditional motifs and unravel their meaning
and through them the expression of the daily lives, religion
and beliefs of the weavers.
Michele Archambault spent 18 years in Thailand where she
started collecting textiles from village weavers and from
neighboring countries of Asia She has exhibited her collection
and has given talks on the subject in Bangkok, Toyko,
Mulhouse and New York. She is the author of a catalogue
"Tissues Royaux" , "Tissus Villeageois
de Thailande" and has published articles in Siam
Society Journal. She has studied Chinese for many years
, practices calligraphy and lives in New York City.
wednesday 18th january to tuesday 31st january
from 10.30 am to 6.30 pm
- 'Exhibition of Thai Textiles - From the collection of
6.30 pm 'Young Dancers
Festival - The Feminine Aspect Odissi'
by Moumita Ghosh
Indian classical dance styles vary in technique, music,
costume and even posture, they all subdivide their styles
into tandava and lasya . Lasya is the feminine aspect,
the Odissi style its best expression. and the tribhanga
its most characteristic posture.. In this the knees, torso
and neck are unequally deflected, gracefully exaggerating
the female form and giving the dance a lissome, sensuous
grace unequalled and even taboo in the other dance forms.
Moumita has chosen this aspect of the dance to highlight
her 17 years of study and practice under her guru Padmashri
Smt. Madhavi Mudgal. She has also attended Odissi workshops
by the Late Guru Kelucharan Mohapatara and featured in
her Guru's group compositions and choreographies in India
and various parts of the world. She is an empanelled artist
with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and is
emerging as one of the foremost young soloists in the
Odissi dance style.
monday 23rd january
6.30 pm 'The Seal of Mystery
- An evening of poetry' by
will read in the original or in English translation from
various poets, including :
Paul Celan (1920-1970), French Jewish
poet born in Rumania and writing in German, deeply affected
by the Holocaust and disturbed by his own survival;
Ingeborg Bachmann (1926-1973), Austrian
poetess and novelist, marked by the angst of woman's vulnerability;
Cesare Pavese (1908-1950), Italian poet
and novelist, emphasizes the poet's solitude and his "absurd
vice" ( death-wish ) while being keenly aware of
the need for human solidarity and togetherness;
George Seferis (1900-1971), Greek diplomat
and poet, preoccupied by the ancient tradition of "nostos"
--a return voyage, but to which country;
Constantine Cavafy (1863-1933),who lived
in relative obscurity in Alexandria. His collection of
poems were not published until after his death. They deal
mainly with human beauty and art suffused with hedonism
and a deep sense of irony.
The thread that unites this selection of poets that seems
disparate at first is the inherent and preternatural mystery
of words and feelings that is the essence of poetry. When
asked what one of her dances meant, Isadora Duncan
is said to have remarked: "If I could tell you, I
would not have to dance it."
Alain Archambault is a former translator/ interpreter
in 3 languages - French, English and Russian with the
United Nations. He lived in Thailand for 18 years and
has made frequent trips to India. He is now living in
New York City. He published a novel in Paris, wrote screenplays
and various pieces for literary reviews. He still writes
saturday 28th january
'Bead Jewellery Workshop'
by Hema Malani & Shruti
exciting opportunity to create your very own piece of
jewellery with a vibrant array of colourful beads:
From 10:00a.m. to 1:00p.m. LARIAT: String
a multi-coloured, multi-stranded necklace with ease. Start
with a selection of beads and crystals, find your own
rhythm and create exquisite patterns.
From 2: 00p.m. to 5:00p.m. EARRINGS:
If you love earrings and want to flaunt your own style
reach out for a handful of beads and in a few minutes
make a fashion statement.
Shruti Dev is an avid jewellery artist creating one-off
pieces in mixed media with a special preference for bead
work. She is a qualified jewellery designer from GII,
Mumbai with substantial international exposure she also
has published work in well-known international beading
magazines to her credit.
Hema Malani, Senior Jewellery Design Instructor, Jewellery
Product Development Centre, New Delhi has been creating
a personalised line of contemporary jewellery since 1999.
As a team they have conducted various successful beading
Charges: Rs.1000 per workshop. (15 candidates
No previous knowledge of beading required. Tools and supplies
will be provided. Please register with Mina at 23746050