may 2011 programmes


thursday 12th may   
6.30 pm ‘Sikh Art through the eyes of a believer. – a talk by Inni Kaur

Sikh art is neither sacred nor iconic. But to some extent it is symbolic and occupies a unique place in Sikh cultural history. Art during the early period of the Sikh faith (late fifteenth to early eighteenth century) takes the form of painted narratives, portraits and textual illuminations. This presentation will include some of the paintings that are drawn from a genre of literature known as the janamaskhis. The historical accuracy of these accounts is debated, but their power in the popular imagination is enormous. They evoke the Guru through his own simple words and quiet heroics as he holds a mirror up to empty ritual, irrational thought and wasted action.  This presentation will cover some of the paintings from the 17th century to the present day.

Inni Kaur is the author of the recently released children's book Journey With The Gurus, that captures the early life of the Guru Nanak.  In 2006 she was involved in coordinating the first exhibition of early Sikh art in New York at the Rubin Museum of Art. Titled "I See No Stranger: Early Sikh Art and Devotion," highlighted the core Sikh belief in the oneness of God and respect for all religious traditions. She is on the editorial board of Nishaan, a magazine celebrating Sikh heritage and culture and is a frequent contributor to the online magazine She is also on the Advisory Board of the Sikh Research Institute. She lives in the United States.


saturday 14 May
1 to 2 pm Food Meditation # 13

Since October 2009 The Attic and Anaam have been organizing monthly Food Meditation events. What have we achieved? That is for our participants to decide. We welcome comments, ideas and suggestions. Please email us 

What we have been trying to educate and inform our participants about the following food facts.

  1. India has a 2500 year old tradition of  an eating etiquette dating from Vedic times. 


  1. As propounded by Thich Nhat Hanh we have encouraged ‘Mindful Eating’ in total silence.
  2. We have introduced you to nutritious, organically grown food from villages in the Kumaon region of Uttaranchal.
  3. These foods include lesser known grains Jau (oats), Jowar (barley), and Bajra (millets) and Chaulai (Amaranth or quinoa the wonder non grain of South America) as well as Kulath (Horse Gram), Madua, Naurangi Daal, home collected honey and refreshing summer drinks (Chaach, Jal jeera).
  4. We have introduced you to the slow food movement which originated in Italy and believes in preserving local and traditional foods, organic farming and the risks of monoculture and fast foods.
  5. We had started a series on forgotten foods.

For the next few sessions, maybe longer, we will eat and depart in silence. If participants want to stay and talk you are welcome. We provide the food and the silence.    


     White Rajma (Kidney beans)

     Alu Matar (dry)(Potato & Peas)

     Brown Rice

     Amaranth Chapatti(Chaulai)

     Chach (Buttermilk)



Participation is by registration on payment only. Telephone The Attic 23746050 or email:
Charges:  Rs 100.


wednesday 25th may
 pm Kuchipudi dance recital by Dr Saraswathi Rajathesh with Natyasaraswathi ensemble

  Indian classical dance is a language of expression normally used for spiritual forms associated with temples. Practioners have however struggled to relate it to more modern themes, not always with great success. Here is another noble attempt with the grand finale “Jana gana mana” a tribute to great legend Ravindranath Tagore..

 Dr Saraswathi Rajathesh is one of the few gurus in kuchipudi from Karnataka training exclusively traditional kuchipudi dance since 20yrs through her institute natyasarawathi with her contributions world wide.

The artist is  a dental surgeon and trained by Gurus Vedantam Ramu, Vedantam Radhesyam and Chinta Adinarayana Sharma and attained a masters from Siddendra Kalakshetram Kuchipudi village.

She is an empanelled artist with ICCR, Govt. of Karnataka and Doordarshan. And has specialized in a typical kuchipudi art form called ‘Simha Nandini’ where the dancer sketches a lion with foot work
on a canvas sheet. She has been trained in this by Guru Smt. Voleti Rangamani of  Hyderabad, the only existing Guru of this tradition.

This event is co sponsored by India World Cultural Forum (IWCF) set up to enhance the understanding and appreciation of the rich and diverse cultures of various countries. Its vision is to achieve harmony, understanding and friendship between people of different cultures through food, music, theater and dance.

On the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore in 2011, India World Cultural Forum is organizing “ Rabindra Utsav 2011“ – a one week program of Rabindra Music, Dance Drama, Poem, Exhibition, Films – a reflection of his complex and multi-layered personality in association with The Attic and other various venues in New Delhi & Gurgaon.


wednesday 25th may
11.30 to 6.30 pm
A Tribute to Rabindranath Tagore – paintings by Bhaskar Singha (on view for one day only) 

                                                     These acrylic paintings on canvas by Bhaskar Singha are inspired by the poetry, personality and literary work of Rabindranath Tagore.

 A closer view of his work unravels some secrets especially, his layers of ‘air’. Bhaskar has created an effect of transparency over two decades of constant practice. ‘In acrylic’ he says  ‘it is difficult to get the transparent layer because it dries fast.’ He applies at least 10 layers of colour on his canvases, and yet even his first layer is visible creating a ‘sculpturish’ touch to his works.  

          Bhaskar belongs to that generation of artists from Bengal who took art as a hobby not a profession. But he was not able to make ends meet and took a job as an art teacher in a local school in Delhi, giving him enough time for his own art.  He has exhibited in shows around Delhi and in Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai and Lucknow. 

          He has won the Camlin Foundation Award and Bhiku Ram Jain Foundation Award Art Mall, Delhi, 2010


monday 30th may
6.30 pm ‘Meditations of a Misunderstood Mystic’ - a talk by Swami Chaitanya Keerti

Osho, (Acharya Rajneesh) is generally considered to be one of the most controversial spiritual masters to have emerged from India in the
20th century. His criticism of organized religions, his unorthodox views on sex, his controversial city ‘Rajneeshpuram’ near Antelope, Oregon, his 93 Rolls Royces and His shameful deportation from the U.S. can be contrasted with his solid teachings on many subjects.

Amongst these his talks on the major spiritual traditions including Jainism, Hinduism, Hassidism, Tantra, Tao, Christianity, Buddhism and on a variety of Eastern and Western mystics as well as many sacred scriptures such as the Upanishads and the Guru Granth Sahib.

His most important contribution was in the field of meditation. Modern man, he said, was so burdened with the outmoded traditions of the past and the anxieties of modern-day living that he must go through a deep cleansing process before he could hope to discover the thought-less, relaxed state of meditation. He began to hold meditation camps around India and later in the West, personally conducting sessions of the techniques he had developed.

He also spoke to a world wide audience on awareness, love, celebration, creativity and humor qualities that he viewed as being suppressed by adherence to static belief systems, religious and social traditions.

One of his well-known disciples Swami Chaitanya Keerti speaks this evening about why Osho spoke. It was not to provide information or entertainment but to provide his listeners an opportunity to experience the state of relaxed alertness that lies at the core of meditation.

Swami Chaitanya Keerti was initiated into Osho's Neo sannyas movement
in 1971 and ever since has been dedicatedly associated with the world of meditation. He has been the spokesperson for Osho Commune International and also the founding editor of Osho Times International being published from Pune since 1975. He is presently the spokesperson of Osho World Foundation and the editor of Osho World monthly hindi magazine published from New Delhi.

He has been the editor of books on Osho and is the author of four books: Allah to Zen, The Osho Way: In Romance with Life, Osho Fragrance and the Alchemy of Zen.