february 2009 programmes

  The International Festival of Sacred Arts Delhi
    Calendar 
FEBRUARY 12TH TO 28TH 2009                                         

Places of Worship Events (free)

DAY

DATE

TIME

LOCATION

EVENT

Thu

12th

6.30 pm

The Attic

Jewish Sacred Music’ by Anna Hoffman

Sat

14th

6:30 pm

Uttara Guruvayoorappan Temple,

Mayur Vihar

Kutiyattam  - A Masterpiece of Oral Heritage - Sanskrit Theatre

Tues

17th

6.30 pm

Birla Mandir, Mandir Marg

Sankirtan & Raas Lila from Manipur

Wed

18th

6.30 pm

Ladakhi Buddha Vihara, Opposite ISBT

Buddhist Chants

Fri

20th

6.30 pm

Cathedral Church of Redemption

Opp. Gate No.35, Rashtrapati Bhawan

(adjacent to Gurdwara Rakabganj)

Sacred Music from the Eastern Orthodox Church by The Cosmic Voices from Bulgaria

Fri

27th

7.00 pm

Nizamuddin Dargah

Sufi Qawali

Sat

28th

12.30 pm

Dumdama Sahib Gurudwara, behind

Humayuns Tomb

Hymns of Guru Gobind Singh

Siri Fort Events

DAY

DATE

LECTURES
10:00 AM TO 12:30 PM
AT SIRI FORT AUDI-III

FILM FESTIVAL
2 TO 4 PM
AT JAMIA, ARAFAT HALL

WORKSHOPS
1
TO 3 PM
AT SIRI
FORT AUDI-III

Ticketed PERFORMANCES
6:30 TO 9:00 PM
AT SIRI
FORT MAIN AUDI

Sat

21st

Sacred Art
Organized by Kathryn Myers, Dept of Art, Univ of
Connecticut

          xx

1) Gospel Music
2) Sacred Drumming 3)Yoga Dance Therapy 

1) Sengey Tsewa (The Revelry with the Lion) Buddhist Chants from the High Himalaya recited by the nuns of Druk Gawa Khilwa Abbey
2) Sufi Trance from Aleppo Classical Arabic Music from Syria by Alkindi Ensemble

Sun

22nd

Sacred Sounds
Organized by Shruti Foundation

          xx

1) Vedic Chanting
 

Intro to Sacred Sounds by Dr Karan Singh                                

1) Song of the Eternal Universe The Bauls of West Bengal with Susmit Bose
2) A century of Gospel Music LaVon Hardison &  Darriel Menefee

Mon

23rd

Sacred Spaces
Organized by Geetanjali Chanda, Womens Studies Dept Yale Univ

1) Chalo Hamara Des
2) Scribbles on Akka

              xx

1) Dancing to the Gods Sankirtan & Raaslila by Artistes of Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy
2) Djandjoba – The Big Gathering by the Dafra Drum, a West African Drum & Dance Ensemble

Tues

24th

Sacred Poetry
Organized by Ashok Vajpeyi, Chairman Lalit Kala Akademi

1) Oceans of Wisdom
2) Eyes of Stone
3) Basant

              xx

1) Sacred Music from the Steppe by Chirgilchin Master Throat Singers from Tuva, Russia
2) Nirgun and Sagun, a Hindustani Classical recital by Madhup Mudgal

Wed

25th

Sacred Sites
Organized by Rohit Jigyasu for UNESCO & ICOMOS

1) Paradise on the River of Hell
2) Khel
3) Muharram

              xx

1) In Search of the Divine
 A Bharata Natyam performance by Rama Vaidyanathan
2) Choir Acapella
a performance by Cosmic Voices from Bulgaria

www.sacredartsfestivaldelhi.org

TicketsSeason Tickets Rs 2000, Rs 1000 and Rs 400 (students only)

Daily Tickets    Rs 500, Rs 250 and Rs 100 (students only)

Tickets for performances only. All other events are free

 

 

saturday 31st january (Opening 6.00 pm to 8.30 pm) to saturday 7th february
11 am to 7 pm (Sunday 2 to 7 pm) – ‘PIXOGRAPHIX ART’ an exhibition & sale of Limited Edition prints by Khushroo Kalyanwala 

As a fairly serious collector of art, and with the Art realm booming in India, it pained me to see a plethora of art available by known and unknown artists, with a recent trend of works continuously being titled as “Untitled” – especially non figurative abstract works. It can be endlessly debated whether today’s non figurative Abstract Art is just a composition of varied colours and forms, composed through various mediums OR  is it the culmination of an expression  of a deeper meaning and understanding of the artist. We will never know, because we don’t ask and artists don’t like being asked. My take on this would be, it may be a great visual, but it may not have a specific meaning. You make your own meaning or appreciate it for what it is. In fact if you remove the signature which is the only orienting symbol you may be surprised that viewing it upside down or sideways may actually be more meaningful to you. Abstract Art is very much like Jazz Music. At times you may or may not understand the music, but the musicians who compose it & play it certainly do. And I haven’t seen a Jazz Album called “Untitled” with the numbers within called “Untitled” too. 

“Art is not the truth, but a lie to help us detect the truth”. ‘Pablo Picasso’ and the French Literary critic ‘Roland Barthes’ commented that ….. photography was always being tormented by the ghost of painting”.  

………. And therefore it brings me to my art form where I have combined both – the technique & effect which is Seen thro’ a lens as the ‘Truth’; Represented thro’ a medium as a ‘Lie’ – “The Abstract Haze of Reality”. Increasingly ‘Art’ is not only the end product; but the conceptualizing, the execution, and the presentation as a whole. In this exhibition, photography is only the initial medium which captures the essence of what the final product could be. The subject matter is its colour, texture & composition as seen through the eyes of an Architect-Designer. The pre-conceived composition of the image, the visually rendered effects, and the unconventional print medium, all lend themselves to abstracting the subject and abstracting the concept of photography itself, where it is only one of the mediums used to express the final “Mixed Media” like images.  

All the work will be limited editions restricted to 5 prints of each image and broadly categorized into a) Landscape & Nature b) Architectural c) Inanimate objects. 

Khushroo Kalyanwala is an Architecture graduate from the School of Architecture, (CEPT), Ahmedabad. He has also studied and worked on Interior Design and Architectural Metal Production and Installation. He is a collector of a large range of Collectibles and Art as well as a photographer and a painter.  

He has recently exhibited similar works at No. 5, Windmill Gallery at Ayanagar Village, New Delhi from 6th – 20th December 2008, and this is his 2nd Exhibition in Delhi.