december 2012 programmes



The Foundations of Western Civilization – an education in 24 evenings.  An Attic video presentation from The Great Courses taught by Prof. Thomas Noble, University of Notre Dame.

You can discover the essential nature, evolution, and perceptions of Western civilization from its humble beginnings in the great river valleys of Iraq and Egypt to the dawn of the modern world.


monday 3rd december
6.30 pm The Foundations of Western Civilization – a video presentation

Lecture 23- Jesus and the New Testament

 No well-informed observer in the time of Augustus and his successors would have predicted that a world-changing movement would arise in a small, poor, and insignificant region of Palestine. But that is what happened.


Lecture 24- The Emergence of a Christian Church

 The word "church" (ekklesia) occurs only twice in only one of the Gospels (Matthew). Yet Paul, whose letters predate the Gospels, uses the word routinely. This intriguing fact is your gateway to the fascinating history of early Christianity.



A Retrospective of Alain Resnais Films 

tuesday 4th december  6 pm
Les statues meurent aussi / Statues Also Die (1953) / Chris Marker, Alain Resnais / 30’
Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)/ 90’ 

tuesday 11th december 6 pm
Toute la Memoire du Monde (1956) / 21’
Last Year at Marienbad (1961) / 94’
Talk: On the Nature of Memory in the work of Alain Resnais 

The titles available for the programmes have been sourced courtesy of very gracious support from the French Information and Research Center, New Delhi.

Lightcube Film Society screens for members. For membership details, call Suraj at 7838340196 or write to    Memberships are also available at the screening venue.


saturday 8th december
1-2 pm Food Meditation # 29


Seasonal Vegetable
Brown Rice
Pink Amaranth chapati


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 Charges:  Rs 150  


wednesday 19th december

7 pm “Creative life with Kolam”- A multimedia presentation about the Kolam by Grace Gitadelila and Savitri from Auroville

Kolam is a form of geometric floor painting using rice or chalk powder, commonly used by Hindu family members in front their homes, mainly in South India but also in  Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand. It is a line drawing composed of curved loops, drawn around a grid pattern of dots.

Kolams are thought to bestow prosperity. Every morning in Tamil Nadu, millions of women draw kolams on the ground with white rice powder. Through the day, the drawings get walked on, rained out, or blown around in the wind; new ones are made the next day before sunrise.

Auroville based dancer and choreographer Grace Gitadelila will share her ongoing research on Kolam, going beyond the superficial into its beauty and metaphysical meanings through dance and the use of audio visual tools which were created by Grace and Sasikanth Somu.

Grace grew up in Pondicherry and Auroville. She studied Bharathanatyam in Kalekshetra and Contemporary, Modern and Jazz dance in Holland. And West-Africa taught her the origins of authentic Movement and its Intentions. 

Savitri, born in Auroville studied dance with Grace. Being a professional Bharathanatyam Dancer and a graduate of the Attakkalari Contemporary Dance school of Bangalore, she will perform in this event together with Grace.

Sasikanth from Pondicherry / Australia is an Art, Photo and Videography Teacher, for this production he has created the multimedia presentation.


monday 17th  december
6.30 pm The Foundations of Western Civilization – a video presentation

Lecture 25- Late Antiquity-Crisis and Response

This lecture opens a series of 4 in which the period from about 300 to 700 AD is explored. This is the period about which Edward Gibbon has written “The Decline and fall of the Roman Empire” Contrary to popular perception Asterix and his companions were not responsible for this civilizational collapse. Gibbon wrote that the empire was too large and too complex to be kept together and that Rome succumbed to barbarism and superstition.

At this critical junction Rome found 2 saviours. Diocletian (284 – 305) from Dalmatia  who increased the size both of the Imperial administration and the Roman army. Constantine improved the tactics of the Roman armies and refounded the old Athenian colony of Byzantium and named it after himself. Constantine’s polis or Constantinople. (now Istanbul)


Lecture 26- Barbarians and Emperors

Although the notion that Rome somehow "fell" remains pervasive, scholars of late antiquity (c. 300 to 700) have no use for the idea. More intriguing still, there weren't any barbarian invasions as usually understood.


friday 21st december

7 pm “Daegeum”-  A Korean Flute Concert by  Sung-Pil Yang (Accompanied by Jaeseung Sin/ Korean percussionist) and a contemporary dance performance by Sin-cha Hong

The daegeum is a large bamboo transverse flute used in traditional Korean music. It has a buzzing membrane that gives it a special timbre. It is used in court, aristocratic, and folk music, as well as in contemporary classical and popular music.

The solo performance called daegeum sanjo was pronounced an Important Intangible Cultural Properties of Korea by the Cultural Heritage Administration of South Korea in 1971

Sungpil Yang was born in South Korea and from a young age had a deep affinity with Korean traditional music which lead to a serious study of the Daegeum – the Korean Bamboo flute.

He has a Master degree in music from Youngnam University and Doctoral degree in Musicology from Keimyung University in Daegu, Korea. He has performed in the U.S., UK, Italy, Russia, Spain, Sweden, China, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and has produced and staged dozens of national traditional music performances.

He has collaborated with different contemporary musicians and it is his constant endeavour to transmit the emotions of Korean and Daegeum music.

He is the leading flutist for the large Korean orchestra and the director of Korea GYEONGIU world traditional wind instruments Festival and his World Music Project Group. He has released four solo albums of his music.

Sin Cha Hong, choreographer, dancer, vocalist, and writer, is one of the most influential artists of 20th century Korea. Ou Jian-ping, vice-director for research on foreign dance of the Chinese National Dance Academy, has rated Sin Cha Hong as the “flower of Western avant-garde dance with East Asian roots” on par with Isidora Duncan, Vatslav Nijinsky, and Martha Graham. And on a tour of Germany in 1998 Ostthüringer Zeitung compared her to Pina Bausch.

In New York she founded the Laughing Stone Dance Theater and worked together with artists like John Cage, Yuji Takahashi, Margaret Leng Tan, and Nam June Paik. She also taught at the Beijing Dance Academy as guest professor and as Fulbright scholar in various universities in Korea, and also founded the Laughing Stone Dance Group INC there. Since 1995  she has organized the Juksan International Arts Festival, now famous for its  avant-garde art.