december 2013 programmes

saturday 7th december
6.30 pm A Violin Recital by Maestro Anupriya Deotale

Anupriya is acknowledged as one of the most outstanding classical North Indian Violin artist of today. She has a unique style of her own, on the lines of fusion in which she blends the elements of "Gayaki" i.e. vocal rendering and "Tantarakari" i.e. instrumental rhythmic patterns, a manner in which not many are found playing the Violin in the entire sub continent, her music combines the traditions of the Sarangi and Sarod. Her style of playing Violin is clearly distinguished by sweetness of emotional depth of her music.

A disciple of legendary Sarangi maestro Pandit Ramnarayan, Anupriya has also received guidance from the great  Sarod Maestros Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and Pandit Mukesh Sharma .

Anupriya has created an enviable niche for herself in the field of fusion music and have worked with the musicians from France, Germany, Spain and Reunion Island.

She has received a senior fellowship from the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India. She has become the first Indian musician to receive the prestigious Ustad Salamat Ali and Nazakat Ali Khan award at Lahore (Pakistan) in December 2004. Anupriya is the first Indian classical female musician to be recorded for a programme by the Pakistan Television.

Anupriya is an 'A' Grade Artist of All India Radio Station.

Anupriya has performed creditably at various major concerts in India, Spain, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, France, Slovenia, Hungary, UK, Canada, Reunion Island, Russia, Latvia, Singapore, Japan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Mauritius, Bahrain, UAE, Qatar, Oman and Pakistan, China, Indonesia, Egypt, Malta, Israel, Tunisia etc.

Anupriya has founded Ameer Khusro Centre For Music to promote the awareness, the knowledge and the cultural value of Indian Classical Music among the youth of India. Anupriya is having her fusion group of soul.



The Persian Empire  – an education in 12 evenings .Every Monday where possible.  An Attic video presentation from The Great Courses taught by Prof. John W.I. Lee, University of California, Santa Barbara.

In its time, the Persian Empire was the largest and greatest the world had ever seen. Beginning in 559 B.C under Cyrus the Great it lasted more than 2 centuries, until 330 BC encompassing lands stretching from Greece, Asia Minor and Egypt in the West, across Mesopotamia and Iran, through Central Asia, all the way to the Indus Valley in the East. The Empire developed an efficient bureaucracy, a postal service, a complex economy and a powerful army. The Persians numbered only about one million people and successfully ruled over a multi ethnic and multi cultural population of 25 million.

This series of 24 half hour lectures - 2 per evening (4 per month).  are free. The title of each lecture is listed below.


The Persian Empire: List of Lectures


Rethinking the Persian Empire


Questioning the Sources


The World before Cyrus


Cyrus and Cambyses—Founders of the Empire


Darius I—Creator of the Imperial System


Persian Capitals and Royal Palaces


The Great King—Images and Realities


Royal Roads and Provinces


East of Persepolis


Challenges in the West, 513–494 B.C.


Across the Bitter Sea, 493–490 B.C.


Xerxes Becomes King


Xerxes’s War, 480–479 B.C.


Cultures in Contact


Achaemenid Religion


From Expansion to Stability, 479–405 B.C.


The War of the Two Brothers


Persian Gold


City and Countryside


Women in the Persian Empire


Artaxerxes II—The Longest-Ruling King


Persia and Macedon, 359–333 B.C.


The End of an Empire, 333–323 B.C.


Legacies of the Persian Empire


monday 2nd december
6.30 pm

Lecture 9 - East of Persepolis

 Revolts in Ionia and Cyprus and an attack by the Athenians show the limits of the Persian philosophy of harmonious cooperation—not everyone was content under Persian rule. Explore the early challenges to Persian power and see how Darius contained these threats using diplomacy, military force, and strategic communication.

Lecture 10 - Challenges in the West, 513–494 B.C.

 Examine the war with the Greeks from the Persian perspective. After the Athenians threw a Persian herald into a pit, Darius sent his fleet across the Aegean Sea. They advanced into Greece without trouble, but at Marathon the Persian forces stumbled and were defeated by the Athenians.


monday 9th december
6.30 pm

Lecture 11- Across the Bitter Sea, 493–490 B.C.

 Learn the facts that dispel the image of Xerxes as a decadent “Oriental despot.” As a grandson of Cyrus, Xerxes was handpicked by Darius to succeed him. After assuming the throne, Xerxes easily defeated rebellions in Egypt and Babylonia, then returned to Persepolis to finish his father’s domestic projects.

Lecture 12 - Xerxes Becomes King

 Once again, the Persian Empire tried to take control of Greece, this time under Xerxes. See how Xerxes captured half the nation without a fight—and then scored a great victory against the Spartan king Leonidas. But witness the critical mistake at Salamis, after which the Persians were forced to retreat.


monday 16th december
6.30 pm

Lecture 13 - Xerxes’s War, 480–479 B.C.

 Discover the variety of cultural exchanges in the Persian Empire. Never before in human history had such a large area of the globe come under the control of a single power. Here, people were constantly exchanging goods and adopting foreign customs. See how the Persian policy of tolerance of local customs enabled this multiethnic empire to flourish.

Lecture 14 - Cultures in Contact

 Continue your investigation of Persian culture—this time, Achaemenid religion. The Persians were influenced by the sage Zarathustra, who lived around 1000 B.C. The ancient Persians practiced polytheism, with the god Ahuramazda on top. Learn how the kings viewed themselves as instruments of god, which helped legitimize their power and justify imperialism.

monday 23rd december
6.30 pm

Lecture 15 - Achaemenid Religion

 Delve into a new phase of the Persian Empire, which experienced relative security and stability following Xerxes’s war in Greece. After the assassination of Xerxes, his middle son, Artaxerxes I, held the empire together and used diplomacy to deal with the Greeks. Further down the line, watch how Darius II used diplomacy during the Peloponnesian War.

Lecture 16 - From Expansion to Stability, 479–405 B.C.

 The empire was stable under Darius II, but his passing presented a new challenge to the empire. Experience the crucial moment when, after Artaxerxes II took power, his brother Cyrus orchestrated a revolt. Feel the suspense as the two brothers clashed in a great showdown at Cunaxa, fighting for the kingship.


wednesday 11th december
6.30 pm Theme : Moonweavers- Chaand ke Julaahe Poetry Open Mic

“Voice of the Underdog”

This poetry open mic session is based on the theme ‘Voice of the Underdog’.  All are welcome to participate with your own poems in English, Hindi or Urdu. 2 poems per poet, unless there is time.

Participants who intend to read could register on the spot by 6:15 p.m.

We are looking for poems that adopt the voice of the underdog and explore the politics of marginalization and exclusion through the lens of the underdog. The underdog in your poems could be a tangible entity – woman, roadside barber, rickshaw puller, bus driver, rag picker, security guard, pick pocketer, members of marginalized social and cultural communities, basically anyone who you think lives on the fringes of society and is excluded from the mainstream of various discourses. The underdog doesn’t necessarily have to be a tangible entity though. You could extend the concept to include objects, scenarios that construct your idea of the ‘underdog’. You could also create an imaginary character that epitomizes the underdog and write in that voice.

The main thing is that in your poem, you have to adopt the voice of the underdog. You have to enter the consciousness of the ‘underdog’ you choose to represent and write in their voice. The poem can’t be about the underdog. You have to write it as the ‘underdog’. The challenge then lies in making an attempt to enter the subjectivity of an object/person/group and explore the dynamics of their existence. The tension between your social positioning and the positioning of the underdog you write as would then perhaps come into play, making the piece interesting.



 sunday 15th december
8.45 to 11 am An Empirical Experience of the Christian Faith; Talk, Talk and Walk conducted by Robinson.


Sacred Heart Cathedral                 Church of Redemption

The two historic Churches included in this walk, are the Sacred Heart Cathedral and the Church of Redemption. One Catholic and the other Anglican but both built by the same architect, Henry Alexander Medd in the 1930's.

The Sacred Heart Cathedral is the mother church of the Archdiocese of Delhi and the largest Roman Catholic church of Delhi. Its main Altar is made up of pure marble, a gift by Sir Anthony de Mello. .There is also a beautiful cross known as the Mission cross and the statues and the paintings of the stations of the cross add beauty to the walls of the cathedral.  Pope John Paul II has made two visits to the cathedral.

The Cathedral Church of Redemption (the Viceroy’s Church) is one of Delhi's best kept secrets. Located opposite Rashtrapati Bhavan Gate no 35, adjacent to Gurudwara Rakabganj,  its striking birthday cake exterior is matched with the interiors consisting of high arches, the beautiful dome, the stained glass paintings and the small recessed openings that allow for sunlight to filter through while keeping the church cool during the summer months. 

The Church also houses one of the two pipe organs in Delhi (the other being St. James's church at Kashmiri Gate) custom made in 1931 and an important part of the Sunday service.

In spite of their originality both churches fit into a succession of formal and conceptual discussions for imperial Delhi’s architects about relating Italian mannerism to the British tradition. Foreign conquerors constantly tried to make their mark both militarily and culturally and church architecture is just another layer to the sub continents temples and mosques characterized by the rivalry between Islam and Hinduism


Robinson, an alumnus of St. Stephen's College, Delhi is a Theologian, Meditation Practitioner, Poet, Art Critic and Heritage Walks Curator based primarily in Delhi. He describes himself as a traveller in life who intends to journey well.


Meeting Point: Main Gate of Sacred Heart Cathedral Opposite Gol Dak Khana,      1, Ashok Place, New Delhi

Times:  meeting time 8.45 am

          9 to 10 am English Service at Sacred Heart Cathedral
          10 to 10.20 am Walk to Church of Redemption.
          10.30 to 11 am  Hear end of Tamil Service.   

Dress : Modest

Registration Required:  Please email