march 2012 programmes




friday 2nd march
6.30 pm ‘Jogis & Naths’ Kalbeliya- the snake charmers a film by Meenakshi Vinay Rai 

saturday 3rd march
4-5 pm ‘’How to feed your child (and enjoy it!)’’ a lecture demonstration for kids and parents by Dr.Tabinda Burney 


friday 9th march
6.30 pm “Couple Therapy: Understanding yourself and your partner” a talk by by Yun Pang 


saturday 10 march
1-2 pm Food Meditation # 21

thursday 15th march
6.30 pm Take #2 ‘Mad Women in The Attic’


wednesday 21st march
6.30 pm ‘Moonweavers – Chaand Ke Julaahe’ an Open Mic poetry session


thursday 22nd  & friday 23rd march
India World Cultural Forum (IWCF) 3rd Annual Sangeet Nritya Utsav


thursday 29th march
6.30 pm An Evening with Urdu poet, Zehra Nigah





friday 2nd march
6.30 pm ‘Jogis & Naths’ Kalbeliya- the snake charmers a film by Meenakshi Vinay Rai (25 minutes) and  

Folk singing: Kabir bhajans by Lalchand Jogi with Prakash Nath Kalbeliya

                                       The Kalbelia are a Nomadic community living in the Pali, Ajmer, Chittorgarh and Udaipur districts of Rajasthan. Their main occupation is the catching and trading of snakes and the venom of the Cobra. Music and Dance is an integral part of their culture. The males play the music using the ‘’Pungi, Dufli, Been, Khanjari, Morchang, Khuralio and Dholak”. The female dancers wear long black skirts embroidered with silver ribbons and their rhythmic, sinuous, sensuous dance is a whirl of black and silver. (unfortunately not being featured this evening.)

When the Wildlife Protection Act was promulgated in 1972 it became illegal to catch and keep snakes as pets. Nobody seemed to have thought of the huge numbers of Kalbeliyas who lost their livelihoods and the very valuable service they provided in rural areas of catching snakes and curing snakebite. 

This documentary film explores lesser known facts of Kalbeliya culture and is followed by folk singing using the fascinating musical instruments of the Kalbeliyas.        

This programme is brought to you in collaboration with Chinnh

CHINH is Meenakshi & Vinay Rai’s initiative to support social initiatives promoting causes of children and marginalized nomadic communities through harnessing traditional wisdom, art and culture and rediscovering them in contemporary contexts. 

The archival documentary on kalbeliyas by duo Meenakshi Vinay Rai has been awarded the best series of the year by UGC and has been selected as an important source for nomadic studies in national and international libraries.



saturday 3rd march
4-5 pm ‘’How to feed your child (and enjoy it!)’’ a lecture demonstration for kids and parents by Dr.Tabinda Burney


Tabinda 3 marThis is a fun event for kids 6 to 12 years old, parents welcome in which Dr. Burney will talk about what and how to cook for your child, what your children can cook or make for themselves from the menu below and have fun doing it. The demonstration is based on her recently released book ‘How to feed your child (and enjoy it)’’  

The book is all about feeding your children, right from their baby to their school days in a way that is traditionally Indian, yet nutritionally sound. This book, and the idea behind it, borrows from the way our mothers and grandmothers fed us; it also examines the methods and ingredients involved, taking the best and modifying the rest to make simple, easy-to-prepare foods that your children will love without being a terrible drain on your time or resources.  

There are unusual and interesting purees, delectable vegetarian dishes, healthy snacks, innovative school tiffin ideas, festival foods and plenty more in this book using the author’s own background as a busy,  practicing doctor with 2 children living in London.

 Fun Menu


  1. Healthy veggie wraps (filled with fresh vegetables like grated carrots, lettuce, cucumber and peppers along with cheese and tasty sauces) 
  2. Mini Fruit kebabs (chunks of fresh seasonal fruit on mini skewers)- ideal for easy handling 
  3. Easy cupcakes (made with chocolate, raisins and breakfast cereal)made, chilled then decorated by children 
  4. Oaty flapjacks (A nutritious and wholesome treat made with the          goodness of oats )cut into small squares for children to enjoy

    Drink:  Sunshine smoothie

            Nutritious smoothie with the goodness of fresh seasonal fruit OR
            Pink lemonade-with mixed seasonal fruit juices

Copies of the book ‘’How to feed your child (and enjoy it!)’’ will be available for sale signed by the author.


Participation by registration. Parents Rs 225, 1st child Rs 175, 2nd child Rs 150. Call 23746050 or email


 friday 9th march

6.30 pm “Couple Therapy: Understanding yourself and your partner” a talk by by Yun Pang



Couple therapy is relatively new in India. Increasingly, young urban Indian professionals turn to couple therapy for help with their relationship problems. This trend reflects positive changes in beliefs and attitudes in India towards seeking professional help for marital problems which have  traditionally been dealt with within the family or community. 

Couple therapy in the West grew out of the field of family therapy. Unlike traditional psychoanalysis or individual psychodynamic psychotherapy which focus on the unconscious and internal dynamics of the individual, couple therapy seeks to understand the multiple factors, including culture, gender and class that, in addition to the internal world of the couple, contribute to relational difficulties. Couple therapy can be helpful in engaging couples on a journey of exploration, discovery, understanding and awareness of themselves, their partners and of each other. 

Couple therapists often hear statements like: “We don’t communicate any more;” “we can’t talk without getting into a fight;” “why can’t s/he understand what I am going through;” “S/he has to change, otherwise…” What do these statements say about the problems that a couple may be struggling with?  

This talk will explain the reasons couples seek out couple therapy and provide an overview of the therapeutic process and what couples can expect from their therapy. We will also look at the goals of couple therapy, provide advice on how to find a trained and experienced couple therapist.  

Yun Pang is a trained psychotherapist, who moved to New Delhi from New York a few years ago. She maintains a private practice in Delhi where she provides individual, couple and family therapy. Ms. Pang received her psychotherapy training from New York University and the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York. Ms. Pang has worked with diverse populations in various settings in NYC including outpatient mental health clinics and agencies, schools and in private practice.  

Ms. Pang has been a featured speaker at numerous Indian and international conferences.  She spoke at the Conference on Explorations of Intimate Relationships and Couple Therapy organized by the Indian Association for Family Therapy in January 2012. Ms. Pang has also given talks at the Psychotherapy Network Symposium in Washington, D.C., at New York University and at the Building Safe Communities: Coping with Uncertainty and Violence Conference organized by the Jewish Board for Family and Children Services in New York. Ms. Pang has lived and worked in China, France, the U.S. and India.


saturday 10 march
1-2 pm Food Meditation # 21


Naurangi Dal
Seasonal vegetable
Brown Rice
Ragi/Mandua   Roti (Finger Millet)
Home made Butter
Marigold Tea


Participation is by registration on payment only. Call The Attic 23746050 or email:

Organized by Anaam, food cooked by Sangita.

Charges:  Rs 125.


 Zubaan Talkies 

Zubaan kicks off the New Year with a brand-new series slated for the second Thursday of every month at The Attic beginning with 9th Feb 2012. Zubaan Talkies aspires to be a platform for articulating and nurturing feminist thought across various media and disciplines. Each Talkie will be a carefully curated event and will feature film screenings, slideshows of photography, open-mike sessions, performance art, panel discussions, play readings, stand-up comedy, workshops, readings and discussions.  

The spirit behind Zubaan Talkies is to create an exchange of ideas related to feminist thought and to encourage those who are outside of the movement to participate and learn more about issues concerning women. Additionally, Zubaan Talkies also hopes to mentor emerging literary talent through a writing group for aspiring women writers.  

Zubaan hopes to collaborate with other publishing houses, writers, artists and academics to create a vital space through which feminist issues become relevant to the public.  


thursday 15th march
6.30 pm Take #2 ‘Mad Women in The Attic’

Readings from Feminist Fables and Ghost Stories 

Beware the Ides of March! 

Brace yourselves for an eerie evening, with readings from feminist fables by authors Suniti Namjoshi, Marija Sres, Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain, Jeanette Winterson, Margaret Atwood, and Angela Carter and feminist ghost stories by Venita Coelho, Easterine Kire and many others.



Bob’s definition of Open Mic Poetry 

The Open Mic is a metaphor for freedom, a place where your art can be presented to the public at large without having to submit it to an authorizing board, without having to present your resume, pay a registration fee, no credentials of any sort. Ye Olde Town Meeting has evolved into the Open Mic – here you’ll hear every kind of poet, every genre of poetry. Here the words of the Declaration of Independence ring true: All humans are created equal –- so long as you don’t go over the time limit! 


wednesday 21st march
6.30 pm ‘Moonweavers – Chaand Ke Julaahe’ an Open Mic poetry session 

In this 3rd Open Mic session organized by Moonweavers the evening will start directly with one self composed poem read by the participants of the session. The poems could be in English, Hindi or Urdu. (or other language accompanied by a translation) You could read out poetic text, poetic drama, improvise something poetic on the spot, anything as long as it’s poetic in its essence. No standup comedy or long-winded stories please.  

If time permits and all participants have had a chance to read, we can do subsequent rounds. Please arrive early and list your name for the readings. 

The evening will end with a short performance by the Moonweavers group – Rati, Paulomi, Elsa, Rajesh, Vishwaas, Anuraag, Ashutosh and Harsh.  


 India World Cultural Forum (IWCF) 3rd Annual Sangeet Nritya Utsav from 20th - 24th March, 2012 

The Attic events 

22 march 6.30 to 8.30 pm
Itishree Mohanty - Odissi (Bhubaneswar), Shubhi Johari – Kathak (Delhi), Saji Menon – Mohiniattam (Mumbai)

23 march 6.30 to 8.30 pm

Pavitra Soram – Manipuri Duet (Delhi), Sharmini Tharmaratnam - Kathak-Flamenco (Spain) 


thursday 22 march
6.30 – 7.00 p.m
Itishree Mohanty - Odissi (Bhubaneswar)

7.00 – 7.30 p.m.
Shubhi Johari – Kathak ( Delhi)

7.30 – 8.00 p.m.
Saji Menon – Mohiniattam (Mumbai)


Itishree Mohanty - Odissi (Bhubaneswar)

Itishree Mohanty is a disciple of Sudhakar Sahu and Manoj Kumar Behera 

 Johari & troupe - Kathak (Delhi)

Shubhi Johari completed a Post Diploma from Kathak Kendra under the guidance of Pandit Jai Kishan Maharaj and has received a 5 year scholarship from CCRT. She has performed in various festivals in India including the Khajurao dance festival 2012 and received the Sangeet Natak Akademi, U.P. Award.
She has worked on two productions Ghunghroo and Utpatti. Menon - Mohiniyattam (Mumbai)

Saji Menon started learning dance from the age of 7 from her father Kalamandalam C.S. Nair and her diploma in bharatnatyam from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad. She continued her training at Nalanda Nritya Kala Mahavidyala in Mumbai. She then started learning Mohiniattam with  Padmashree Smt. Dr. Kanak Rele and is now a junior lecturer at the same institute,  




friday 23 march
6.30 – 7.00 p.m.

 7.00 – 7.30 p.m.

Pavitra Soram – Manipuri Duet (Delhi)

 7.30 – 8.30 p.m.
Sharmini Tharmaratnam
- Kathak-Flamenco (Spain)

Pavitra Soram – Manipuri Duet (Delhi)


Pavitra  Soram was born to a family of dancers and musicians. Her mother, S. Rashami Devi, the sister of the renowned dance exponent, Guru Kalavati Devi, was also a Manipuri dancer, and mainly performed with the Jhaveri sisters.

Pavitra initially got her training from Smt. Guneshwari Devi and Shri Kunjo Singh and later performed in major dance productions of Manipuri, choreographed by her Gurus  Kalavati Devi, and Bimbavati Devi.

Pavitra is a leading performing artiste of Manipuri Nartanalaya, one of the pioneer institutions of Manipuri Dance in the country founded by the legendary doyen of Manipuri Dance, Guru Bipin Singh, Guru Kalavati Devi and the Jhaveri Sisters in Kolkata, Mumbai and Imphal in 1972.

She has performed at the  Konarak, Uday Shankar, Nishagandhi and the Soorya Festivals, as well as programmes organized by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), India Habitat Centre, India International Centre, Impressario India, Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre (EZCC) and the April Friendship Spring Art festival in North Korea. Tharmaratnam - Kathak-Flamenco (Spain)  

Sharmini  Tharmaratnam is a Dutch-Srilankan artist; a dancer, choreographer, composer, writer, stage designer and sculptor. She studied at the Faculty of Arts in Groningen, Holland. She got a grant in Spain to research the artistic links between the gypsies of Spain and India. She has also exhibited her works of Art in Holland, Spain and France.

 Starting at the age of five she has learnt classical ballet, jazz dance, contemporary dance, Bharatnatyam, Flamenco and Sarangi. She formed the group “Korathi” with gypsy musicians she had met during the shooting of Pedro Almodovar’s movie “The flower of my secret”, and performed weekly in many theatres and clubs since 1995.She realized the affinity between Flamenco and Kathak and started learning the Jaipur Gharana of Kathak under the guidance of Pandit Rajendra Gangani. She went to Turkey and immersed herself in the Theory and Philosophy of Sufism, and was taught spinning meditation by Dr. Orüç Güvenç, a music therapist and Sufist.

Sharmini has performed with Tibetan monks at the Theatre de la Villa in Madrid, and created a theatre-dance play “Looking for the truth” for the Theatre Cuarta Pared in Spain. She  featured at the inauguration of the famous group “Radio Tarifa”, a fusion group of Flamenco with Oriental sounds.

 India World Cultural Forum (IWCF) was established in New Delhi, India to enhance the understanding and appreciation of the rich and diverse cultures of all countries by connecting people, ideas and resources. 

The main aim of IWCF is friendship through world culture. Its vision to achieve harmony and understanding between people of different cultures through music, theater, dance, folk, crafts, literature, poetry, cinema, visual arts, meditation & cuisine. 

IWCF is organizing its 3rd  Annual Sangeet Nritya Utsav from 20th – 24th March 2012. There will be multiple events at different locations, all open to the public on first-come-first-served basis free of charge.  


thursday 29th march
6.30 pm An Evening with Urdu poet, Zehra Nigah 

Organised in collaboration with Hindustani Awaaz as part of the on-going Indo-Pak Series

Zehra Nigah is a much loved and highly respected poet in Pakistan. In India she is an eagerly awaited figure on the mushaira circuit, especially the two annual Indo-Pak mushairas in early spring. Her poetry is about the compulsions and compromises of being a woman and a poet. Amidst friends and family, she is equally well known as a raconteur par excellence and a qissa-go. She talks as she writes: with grace and poise and wry humour. But as she says in the much-recited, much-quoted nazm ‘Samjhauta’, the easy calm hides the many compromises that she – like all women -- has had to make:

Mulayam garm samjhaute ki chadar
Yeh chadar mein ne barson mein buni hai
Kahin bhi sach ke gul boote nahi hai
Kissi bhi jhooth ka taanka nahin hai
Issi se main bhi tan dhak loongi apna
Issi se tum bhi aasooda rahoge
Na khush hoge, na pashmanda hoge

Warm and soft, this blanket
Of compromise has taken me years to weave
Not a single flower of truth embellishes it
Not a single false stitch betrays it
It will do to cover my body though
And it will bring comfort too,
If not joy, nor sadness to you


Refusing to be categorised by the labels of a writer of feminine poetry or a feminist poet, she speaks in a woman's tongue, using feminine imagery and idiom to make powerful social and political comments. She has alluded to the bitter fratricidal war that culminated in the creation of Bangladesh as well as the heart-rending situation in Afghanistan in lyrical, pathos-driven yet politically astute poems such as ‘Bhejo Nabi ji Rehmatein’ and ‘Qissa Gul Badshah’. She has written of the repressive Hudood Ordinances introduced during General Zia's oppressive regime as also about love, friendship and small everyday joys and sorrows. A recent poem about female foeticide was occasioned by the brutal statistics on the sheer numbers of the girl child put to death before they have the chance to live.

Zehra Nigah appeared on the literary horizon as a child prodigy in the 1950s and has consistently been hailed as the one voice worth listening to in the Babel of the mushaira circuit. Despite early critical and popular acclaim, she has only three slim published volumes of poetry: Shaam ka Pehla Taara, Waraq, and Firaq. She says she has never felt the urge to be prolific, to write when there is nothing to say.