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september 2011 programmes


friday 2nd to monday 5th september
11 am to 7 pm ‘Still…within,’ an exhibition of paintings by Ritu Jain  

The Spirit moves and does not keep still.  It moves away from the beginning and returns after going round the universe, to begin yet another cycle and yet another.  All those trajectories of the spirit form patterns.  The spirit is unmoving in its endless search for the eternal.  And the eternal eludes the search lying somewhere beyond; sometimes the eternal lies in the vacant spaces not covered by the paths of spirit.  Yet the search goes on without beginning and without end. You only hear the intimations of the eternal sometimes, when you stand still and look at the whole process of yet another beginning and yet another.  That look dissolves all the yearnings and brings the search to its denouement.  There is no finale, only flowering. Life is a movement of the spirit and the eternal is the stillness within the movement. Aliashesh.  Ritu Jain’s works are a celebration of life . 

Ritu is a Creative process facilitator guiding people in discovering and nurturing their innate creative potential. She has explored own creativity through the practice of clothing and product design, painting, music, poetry and writing, yoga, meditation, education and draws from these varied vocabularies. While looking many, for her these are expressions of same energy and consciousness. 

Ritu graduated in (H) from K M College, DU, Fashion Design from NIFT, New Delhi, Advanced programs in Fashion styling and Creative enterprise ownership from FIT, New York. Also PGCHE from NTU,UK. She is involved with ‘The Crossing’ Project of Sacred World Foundation and has trained handicraft artisans through design intervention for Govt. of India at various towns and cities.  


thursday 8th september
6.30 pm
China dams Brahmaputra river’ a talk by Claude Arpi 

 China has dammed the Brahmaputra river in Tibet
 for the first time in order to begin the main construction
 work on a 510 MW hydropower station project,
 notwithstanding concerns raised by India in this regard.

Tue Nov 16 2010

                                                        The Brahmaputra River (or Tsangpo) flows for 2900 kms, from its origins near Mt Kailash before emptying into the Bay of Bengal. While most rivers on the Indian subcontinent have female names, this mighty river has a rare male name (son of Brahma). During its long trajectory it has many other names, Siang and Dihang in Arunachal Pradesh and after being joined by its tributaries the Dibang  and Lohit Rivers in Assam it becomes the Brahmaputra in India. Further South it divides and the western branch continues as the Jamuna (Jomuna) to merge with the lower Ganges (Padma). The eastern branch joins the Meghna River near Dhaka. The Padma and Meghna converge to flow out into the Bay of Bengal as Meghna. At its widest near Dibrugarh the Brahmaputra is 10 kms wide and in its Indian section alone has 3000 islands, Majuli being the largest, home of the beautiful Sattriya dance. 

A few months ago, Prof. Wang Guangqian, a senior scientist at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Engineering spoke of “a new proposal to divert water from the upper reaches of the Brahmaputra River to the country’s northwestern province of Xinjiang”. Prof Wang’s project is a variant of a scheme prepared some 10 years ago by two Chinese engineers: Gao Kai, a retired PLA General, considered by many as the father of the mega scheme, and his colleague Li Ling who wrote a book Tibet's water will Save China. 

A hard fact remains: fast developing China has less and less water and Beijing has to locate possible sources of water to survive. Scientists are looking in all possible directions, the diversion is one of them. This diversion will affect India in many significant ways, water, ecology, livelihood, culture and military vulnerability. Wars have been fought for much less. UN studies have predicted that the wars of the 21st century will be fought over water. Is this a beginning? 

Claude Arpi, who has been following this issue for the past 10 years, will go into the different proposals as well as the dramatic consequences for India and other countries neighbouring China if Beijing goes ahead with the pharaonic project. 

Claude Arpi is French-born author and journalist who lives in Auroville, India. He has interviewed many eminent personalities including the Dalai Lama. His most recent books include Tibet: The Lost Frontier (2008), India and Her Neighbourhood: A French Observer's Views (2005), Born in Sin: The Panchsheel Agreement (2004), The Fate of Tibet: When Small Insects Eat Big Insect (1999).


saturday 10th september
1 to 2 pm Food Meditation # 17 

The Food Meditation sessions continue with Anaam and The Attic 


Red Rajma
Potatos with jakhia and kasoori methi
Brown rice
Chaulai chapatti (amaranth)
Imli Pani 

The food will be eaten in silence.  

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

Organized by Anaam, food cooked by Sangita.
Charges:  Rs 125.


saturday 10th september
6 to 8 pm “Missing Links: The Definitive Truth about 9/11” a documentary film. Introduction by Come Carpentier de Gourdon

The 10th anniversary of  the attack on New York’s World Trade Center and other targets by hijacked commercial airlines marked a turning point in American history as well as methods of waging war. Gone are the days of Roman phalanxes, nomadic horsemen sweeping in from the steppe, pitched infantry battles and sudden panzer attacks. The enemy is now either a shadowy figure slinking through a souk, detonator in hand or it could well be an intelligence officer sitting in an air conditioned office masterminding a devious plot to bring down a foreign government. Who planned and executed the 9/11 attacks is still a mystery. The truth is not as simple as we are told and most of us don’t care anymore. But for those who want to look at alternative viewpoint, this long 2 hour documentary is for you. The producers say that it shows you “evidence that all other documentaries fail to see, overlook or deliberately do not want you to see. Information gathered by the CIA; FBI, NSA, foreign intelligence agencies and private investigators show that there are loose ends and missing links connecting Israel, the U.S. government and even the Truth Movement. Missing Links goes where no other 9/11 video has dared to”

Come Carpentier de Gourdon will give a short introduction to the film and answer questions after. 

He is currently the Convener of the Editorial Board of the World Affairs Journal, a quarterly publication dedicated to international issues. In 1999, he co founded the Telesis Academy in Switzerland dedicated to the study of the ancient wisdom of East and West in the contemporary scientific context. He has been associated with the Nuclear Disarmament Forum and the Foundation of Global Dialog in Switzerland, the Global Commission to Finance the United Nations, the Business Council for Sustainable Development in Paris amongst many others.  

Since this is a long film and you are in an informal setting we encourage you to bring your sandwiches and cold drinks with you.