october 06 programmes
saturday 7th october at the Attic
6.30 pm 'Songs of Hope'by
classical music and dance is so busy conforming
to tradition that young musicians who do not want
to go through a 15 year study but still want to
express their creativity take up western music
to innovate and create. This very young group
(a couple of them still in school) have collected
some old and created some new songs on the theme
of hope. Hope for love, hope for happiness, hope
for their country…….. And the hope
that they can get to America
and perform at the"Blue Note" in New
In the meantime they are composing "hello
tunes" for mobile service providers, music
for documentaries for Doordarshan, very loud music
for the Durga Puja festival and have just completed
work on their debut album (untitled so far) to
be released later this year.
Nairrit Das - Guitars, composer, lyrics
Ritwick Das - Keyboards, Piano
Balakrishna Sarda - Drums
Ronojoy Sircar - Vocals
Jude - Bass
Harsh - Guitars
tuesday 10th october at the Attic
6.30 pm 'My Father,
the Builder' a DVD recording of the talk given by
Khushwant Singh at the IIC on 1st August 06.
(This recording is being shown at the request of many
who were unable to be present at the original talk
due to shortage of space)
was the first in this series of lectures by Sobha
Singh's most famous son. Khushwant Singh has written
about every topic under the sun - the sex life of
Delhi, his favourite women, Sikh history, Indian
politics, humour including the best Sikh jokes in
seven volumes and some forgettable comments on Rabindranath
Tagore and Sanjay Gandhi.
He talked for the first time about his father whose
life was so linked with the building of Imperial
Delhi. How a boy educated up to class five, feeling
the lack of his education, studied English and many
other subjects with a Maharashtrian tutor for two
hours every evening after dinner for 15 years. How
titles and honors were bestowed on him due to his
enterprise skill, ability and integrity and how
the best in the land, viceroys, generals, architects,
bureaucrats, nationalists and politicians dined
at his table.
Khushwant Singh delved into family archives and
talked not only about his father but about a fascinating
slice of early 20th century British history peopled
by a host of colourful characters, Lutyens, Baker,
Swinton Jacob and Lord Hardinge. The enterprising
Sindhi and Sikh contractors Lachman Das (who built
Parliament House), Narain Singh (ancestor of the
Imperial Hotel), Dharam Singh (stone & marble),
Basakha Singh (North Block), and the skilled and
unskilled craftspeople from Punjab & Rajasthan.
This recording contains a short introduction by
Jagmohan ex- Lt. Governor of Delhi and a 12 minute
documentary on the building of Imperial
saturday 14th and sunday 15th october at the Attic
11 am to 7.30 pm 'Art With a
group of Artists have come together to show their
appreciation of the teachers who gave them the gift
of creativity. They invite you to view their
products created with their own hands, absorbed
fully in the act of creation and displayed for sale
with respect and reverence. Exchange energies, views,
experiences and understanding for those who have
given their all in the creation of their products.
Available - meditation robes, dancing shoes, paintings
and more 'crafty' items they will create.
Ruchi Mehrotra is a mathematics graduate and a graphic
designer. This exhibition is the result of her hobby
and passion for paintings on glass and using various
materials wire, jute, beads and stone to create
interesting and unusual objects.
VedAmrita is a science graduate very interested
in designing and "handcrafting".
monday 16th october
6.30 pm IIC Auditorium'Avenue
Trees for the Imperial Capital' Illustrated talk by
New Delhi was being planned early in the 20th century,
planners, horticulturists and even administrators
debated and argued the merits or otherwise of a
list of trees intended to line avenues in the new
imperial capital. The list of trees, as it was finalized,
is not (at first sight) a remarkable list, except
when you realize that it was improbably small (only
13 species) and excluded nearly all the favourite
avenue trees (mango, shisham, shehtoot, bargad)
that had been used by the Mughals, and others before
them,to line city boulevards or trunk routes. How
and why did the planners shortlist these particular
trees (jamun, arjun, sausage tree) for Delhi's avenues?
And why did they leave out the old favourites?
In researching his book on the "Trees of Delhi"
(published in May 2006), Pradip Krishen spent some
time in the National Archives researching this aspect
of Delhi's trees, and he has some fascinating insights
to share. He argues, in sum, that the tree species
chosen for Delhi's avenues were the result of an
'ecological miscalculation' by the planners. There
are important considerations to keep in mind, lessons
to be learnt, and a few stories to be told en passant.
Pradip Krishen directed some well-known movies ('Massey
Sahib', 'In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones' and
'Electric Moon') before he became a naturalist and
ecological gardener. He is writing a book about
the wild-flowers of the Delhi Ridge, and planting
up native plant gardens at Jodhpur, Nagaur and in
the NW Himalaya.
thursday 26th october IIC Main Auditorium
6.30 pm 'Dilli ke Totay, Mainay
Aur Thoray Bahar ke Mehman
Common Birds of Delhi and some interesting Winter
a city of over 16 million people Delhi has a remarkable
number of interesting sites within its 500 or so
sq kms. It has a bird list of over 450 species making
it, after Nairobi in Kenya, the second richest Capital
city in the world for birds. Whereas Londoners and
New Yorkers have to be content with pigeons, the
early morning Lodi Garden jogger could easily pass
by or hear parakeets, mynahs, kingfishers, spotted
owlets, barbets, koels..... and too many crows.
During the season from October to February the wetlands
of Delhi and Haryana are full of pintails, tufted
ducks, common cranes, bluethroats, black-headed
gulls, and mallards from Siberia,Tajikistan and
Central Asia. In fact the river Yamuna on a 3 km
stretch along Noida has over 20,000 wintering waterfowl.
Today we know where most birds go, and why, but
don't fully understand how they get there. Navigation
remains the biggest mystery of migration. These
birds travel thousands of kilometers to return to
almost the same spot or garden year after year.
Over 80% of common terns from one colony returned
to nest within eight meters of their previous year's
nest - having traveled thousands of kilometers in
Sheila Chhabra will do an illustrated talk on these
beautiful birds that live within walking distance
of our homes in Delhi.
She and a few enthusiasts from delhibird have agreed
to organize a bird walk along the Yamuna only 20
minutes drive from here on Sunday 29th Oct.
Sheila is one of our leading bird writers. Her work
has appeared in National Newspapers, Sanctuary,
Srishti, Adventure World and Oriental Birding. She
lives in Delhi but would rather be wandering the
far flung forests of India. She is also a green
teacher and takes pride in explaining nature to
little kids. She runs an enrichment centre where
is she training our future "Green Army".
sunday 29th october
6.30 to 8.30 am 'Bird Walk Okhla
Bird Park, Noida'
the 450 species of birds in the Delhi area, about
300 can be found in the Okhla Bird Park in Noida.
The migratory season for birds begins in October
and if you happen to look up at the sky around sunset
or sunrise you can see formations of ducks and other
birds flying across from Northern Asia towards warmer
The Attic in collaboration with delhibird - The
Northern India Bird Network has organized a 'bird
walk' to see these birds in their natural habitat
with identifications and commentary provided by
Nikhil Devasar, of delhibird.
Details are provided below :
Location: Okhla Bird Park, Noida
Time: 6.30 am
Meeting Point: Kalindi Kunj parking
lot at 6.25 or the IIC parking lot at 5.40 am
Transportation: If you have registered
in advance we will try to arrange transportation
from the IIC to Kalindi Kunj.
Duration: approx 2 hours
Snacks: Please carry your own coffee
and snacks. Hot tea will be provided by The Attic
at 6.15 in Kalindi Kunj parking lot.
Clothing/Shoes: Please don't wear
bright colors. Shoes - comfortable sneakers
We will see some migratory Ducks
(Tufted Ducks, Garganey, Pintails) and Waders (Black-tailed
Godwits, Ruff, Redshanks)
Directions to Kalindi Kunj:
Head towards Apollo Hospital from the Ashram crossing
on Mathura Road. Turn left after Apollo
(do not take the flyover) and carry on straight
till Kalindi Kunj approx. 2 kms (at this T junction
the road turns right for Noida). We meet right here.
Look for the blue cloth Attic sign that says ''The
Registration: Even though the walk
is free it is important that you register either
in person at the IIC after the talk on Thursday
26th October or by emailing us firstname.lastname@example.org
or calling 23746050 latest by Friday
27th October 6 pm.
Maximum Number: 40. Please register
as early as possible.
monday 30th october at the Attic
6.30 pm 'Approaching the Sacred: The Temple in Medieval
India'a talk by
Dr Parul Pandya Dhar
medieval Indian temple can be approached, understood
and addressed from varied perspectives - its origins
and meanings, its philosophical and metaphysical
underpinnings, analysis relating to style and form,
ritualistic and iconological considerations, its
cultural context, patronage and the socio-political
milieu in which it came up, as well as its role
in shaping regional and cultural identities. What
are the early beginnings of the Indian temple and
how does the secular relate to the sacred? How does
the gradual progression from simple shrines to elaborate
temple complexes manifest during the medieval period?
What is the symbology and what are the other embedded
meanings within the structure? This illustrated
lecture aims at introducing some basic concerns
and the multi-layered meanings generated in attempting
to understand holistically, the temple of the medieval
period in India.
Dr. Parul Pandya Dhar is currently Assistant Professor
in the History of Art department at the National
Museum Institute, New Delhi where she teaches post-graduate
students. She was awarded the doctoral degree on
her thesis, Toranas in Indian Architecture: with
comparative reference to Southeast Asia, by the
National Museum Institute, New Delhi. She has been
awarded prestigious research grants and fellowships
and has travelled abroad for research and conferences
relating to the history of ancient and early medieval
Indian art and architecture. Her writings have been
published in national and international journals.
She is also a noted Bharatanatyam exponent.