wednesday 5thffebruary 2020
6.30 pm ‘The Reluctant Family Man – Shiva In Everyday Life’ a talk by Nilima Chitgopekar




Shiva – The One In Whom The Ascetic And The Householder Merge


He’s the destroyer of evil, the pervasive one in whom all things lie. He is brilliant, terrifying, wild and beneficent. He is both an ascetic and a householder, both a yogi and a guru. He encompasses the masculine and the feminine, the powerful and the graceful, The Tandava and the Laasya, the darkness and the light, the divine and the human.


What can we learn from this bundle of contradictions, this dreadlocked yogi? How does he manage the devotions and duties of father, husband and man of the house, and the demands and supplications of a clamorous cosmos?


Dr Nilima Chitgopekar, author of seven books, is an Associate Professor at the Jesus & Mary College, Delhi University. She has lectured widely overseas, most recently at Harvard University and has had fellowships in Oxford University and several other universities. Dr Chitgopekar articulates her own interpretation to age old mythology. Her endeavour in her lectures, writings and even in her online films, is to communicate the intricacies and complexities within Hinduism simply, yet without compromising on the wonderful ambivalences that exist within it.


monday 17th february

6.00 pm “Sounds From The Heart” a rabab recital by Ustad Daud Khan


daud khanThe Afghan Rabab is a long-necked lute that is carved from a single mulberry tree trunk . The sound body is covered with a goatskin run over the three playing strings.


Throughout Afghanistan the Rabab is one of the dominant melody instruments due to its versatility and its haunting sound. It is played on all ceremonial occasions and is the principal instrument of Afghan folklore. It has played a central role in the spiritual music of the Sufis. It found its ultimate expression for the Sikhs as their first Guru, Nanak  travelled through most of India and Central Asia for 27 years preaching his verses accompanied by his Muslim disciple Bhai Mardana playing on the Rabab.


The instrument reached the courts of North India in the 17th century and  was modified in form and style of play to become the sarod. In modern times the tradition of the classical sarod had been kept alive by Ustad Muhammad Umar whose great knowledge and his deep musical expression on this instrument has been inherited by his disciple Ustad Daud Khan who is trying to preserve this authentic style of his master’s school.


Daud Khan performs frequently in Europe (Weltfestival der Laute, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Nacht der Mogule, Staatl,  Museum für Völkerkunde in München, Burgkonzert in Borgo e Rocca Meddioevale bei Rom, Festival Musicale del Mediterraneo –via della Seta, Turin) and in the US. He participated in the famous Agadir Festival in Morocco and since 2004 Daud Khan is performing with the Ensemble Radio Kabul in concerts and festivals all over Europe.  In India he was honoured twice with the Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan Award (1988/1995).


In Cologne Daud Khan is head of the Academy of Indian Music where he teaches the Rabab and the Sarod. He has recorded - Tribute to Afghanistan and published The voice of the mystics (Jaffar Hussain Khan-Qawwali), The soul of sound (Ustad Muhammad Umar-Robab) , A world of string and sound (B.L.Sopuri-Santoor).




tuesday 25th february
6.30 pm Moonweavers –
चांद के जुलाहे An Evening of Paintings’ in Verse


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Poetry and visual arts have always shared a rather symbiotic relationship. The dynamics of interconnectedness between the two go way back in history when the lines between genres like ‘dance’, ‘music’, ‘painting’, ‘poetry’, ‘theatre’ were rather blurred. Rabindranath Tagore, was a living legend of this point of synthesis between poetry, music and arts as he straddled with ease the twin terrains of visual arts and literature.


 Poetry and visual arts have always learnt from one another and inspired one another. A poem can be as visual as a painting and a painting can be poetic to look at. A painting can be sheer poetry in its lyricality, musicality or its insistence on the existence of the idiosyncratic universe it creates or in its philosophical and spiritual depth. The points of merger between the two are infinite.


Today famous Indian artist Jai Zharotia is going to read his poems and showcase some poetry films.


Jai Zharotia is an Indian artist based in Delhi who has a special interest in poetry and writes in Hindi. He will recite his poems and talk about the interconnectedness of art and poetry. We will have a special screening of his poetry films in which the visuals of his paintings are combined with the recitation of his poetry.


Jai is a graduate in Fine Arts from the Delhi College of Art. He is a printmaker and a sculptor. And is deeply involved in children’s educational projects with Bal Bhawan.


He won the Priyadarshini Award for outstanding services in 2004. He was a Senior Fellow in the field of Visual Arts, Ministry of HRD in 1998. He has also won a National Award for life time contribution to Fine Arts from Lalit Kala Akademi and an award for Silk Screen Printing from Sahitya Kala Parishad.