april 07 programmes




 Continued from March - thursdays april 5, 12,19,26
 6.30 to 8 pm - Ananda Yoga classes by Claudio G.
friday 20th april
 6.30 pm“The Modern Woman and Legal Awareness” a talk by Seita Vaidialingam.
saturday 21st april
 6.30 pm ‘The Tradition Continues’ an Odissi dance performance by Sudha Mallik 
 monday 23rd april
 6.30 pm IIC Auditorium 
 “Dehli ki Aakhri Shama’” – a poetic re-enactment of “The Last Mush’aira of Dehli”
 Introduced by Rakhshanda Jalil
 saturday 28th april
 ‘dance without frontiers festival’
 6.30 pm ‘Odissi Chini Bhai-Bhai’ an Odissi dance performance by Fei-Fei Yu



thursdays april 5, 12,19,26
6.30 to 8 pm - Ananda Yoga classes by Claudio G.

The balance series of 4 Ananda Yoga classes which started in March continues every Thursday
evening 6.30-8.00 till April 26 at a cost of Rs 1000 per person.

In these classes, the following will be integrated:-

  •  Energization exercises – a systematic method to increase the flow  of   energy in all the cells of the body. Includes double  breathing,relaxing   and tensing individual parts   
  •   Asana (yoga postures)
  •  Pranayama (breathing exercises and energy-control techniques)
  •  Classical yoga meditation techniques
The instructions will be presented in traditional Ananda style of teaching yoga with  hints of yoga philosophy as taught by Paramhansa Yogananda and    Swami Kriyananda. This gentle and highly effective approach is suitable for    all ages and body types. It can be very helpful for getting    relaxed, revitalized and uplifted.
Claudio Gregorelli is a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda and for the past 15 years has been a certified yoga teacher from the Ananda Yoga School in California. Born Italian, he has lived since 1986 at the international Ananda Assisi retreat (Italy) coordinating and teaching different Ananda Yoga courses and programs on Kriya yoga meditation. He is presently teaching at the Ananda Sangha ashram in  Gurgaon www.anandaindia.org.

Registration: call 2374 6050 or email: mina@theatticdelhi.org or Surekha 9811330098.
Minimum number of participants 10.

friday 20th april
6.30 pm“The Modern Woman and Legal Awareness” a talk by Seita Vaidialingam.Organized by The Culture Club, Panchsheel at The Attic.

   The modern Indian woman is educated and articulate, but what does she know about her legal rights: coparcenary laws, joint properties, ‘stridhan’ and the laws of inheritance, marriage and divorce. Yet   these laws effect her very being, her existence in society as an equal. The Hindu Code Bill of the 1950’s   was an extremely progressive piece of legislation far ahead of such laws in the West. But even   educated Indian women today remain ignorant or fearful of affidavits, HUF, maintenance, injunction and what constitutes domestic abuse. Seita Vaidialingam explains in simple language what a woman’s rights are and what legal recourses she has. 


     Seita Vaidialingam is a Supreme Court Lawyer. Her field of practice includes Constitutional,Civil, Matrimonial, Tax, Property and Company Law Matters. She is an Advocate-on-Record of the Supreme Court, a Salzburg of Law Fellow and an American University Alumni. She is a third generation lawyer  daughter of Justice C.A. Vaidialingam and grand-daughter of Sir C.V.Anantha Iyer. She is a Committee Member of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce and on the governing Council of FICCI.

saturday 21st april
6.30 pm
The Tradition Continues’ an Odissi dance performance by Sudha Mallik 

  The traditional Odissi repertoire begins with a mangalacharan in which the dancer invokes a     deity, in this case the beautiful dark goddess Matangi holding the veena and intoxicated by     her own charm and   beauty. Sudha then continues with the interpretation of an Oriya song about Radha and Krishna and an Ashtapadi from the Gita Govinda and a pallavi showing the joyous display of rhythmic patterns in an original music composition by Arindam Mukherjee and choreographed by herself. 

Sudha has been studying Odissi for 15 years under Padmashree Smt. Madhavi Mudgal at
 the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya. She has passed the “madhyama poorna” examination in Odissi dance and  has toured extensively with her Guru in India and abroad as part of her dance troupe. She has also attended workshops conducted by Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra and Smt Leela Samson and taught a  summer workshop organized by the NDMC. She also  assists her Guru in teaching younger students. This is her first solo performance. 

monday 23rd april
6.30 pm IIC Auditorium 
 “Dehli ki Aakhri Shama’” – a poetic re-enactment of “The Last Mush’aira of Dehli”
Introduced by   Rakhshanda Jalil

  Sir Sobha Singh Memorial Lectures on Delhi   This is the last in the series of lectures and events encompassing many facets of the life of Delhi- its history,   architecture, cuisine, music, environment, and the arts. Co-sponsored by The Attic, IIC and INTACH
A mush’aira is a poetic symposium, a soiree at which poets of the day read their original works for pleasure. It is not an easy form of entertainment, demanding full intellectual and emotional  participation 
within the prescribed framework of aesthetic conventions set by the masters long ago. It offers opportunities for the enjoyment of reciting and listening to selected ghazal poetry. This is a fictional-historical account of what might have been the last great mush’aira in the court of the  last Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar. It is re-enacted this evening by faculty of the Jamia Millia Islamia University.
Introduced and directed by Rakhshanda Jalil, it is based on the Urdu classic Dehli ki Aakhri Shama by Farhatullah Baig. This enactment shows in brief flashes a picture of the culture, manners, pursuits and ideals of the highly cultivated Mughal society of the time and the flowering of both Urdu and the ghazal form in the voices of the greatest Urdu poets of the time Ghalib, Momin, Zauq, Dagh and Prince Mirza Fakhru.
Mirza Farhatullah Baig (1883 – 1948) was educated at Delhi, Hindu and St.Stephens College. He studied science, played cricket and later became the Registrar of the Hyderabad High Court. He wrote this book to light the last lamp of Urdu poetry and to honour and immortalize the Urdu poets of the last days of Mughal splendour.
  Rakhshanda Jalil is Coordinator, Media & Culture at the Jamia Millia Islamia. She also runs a small organization called Hindustani Awaaz to promote popular Hindustani literature, and translates from Urdu and Hindi into English

saturday28th april       
‘dance without frontiers festival’
6.30 pm ‘Odissi Chini Bhai-Bhai’ an Odissi dance performance by Fei-Fei Yu
  In most parts of the world the rush to westernization has led to the disappearance of most traditional cultures. The kimono and the tea ceremony has almost disappeared from Japan,the four hour Peking Opera has been reduced to a half hour tourist attraction in China. Only in India is there an unbroken tradition still flourishing in music, dance and dress. Even if it is out of their culture foreign students are attracted to the ancient classical forms. Fei-Fei is a trained dancer from China who is working on her MA in Dance and learning Odissi with Sharon Lowen during her scholarship in India. She is a Kal-ke-Kalakar working intensively on    the traditional repertoire of Odissi and will perform

Mangalacharan, Pallavi , Ashtapadi and Mokkshya. And share her passion for India and Indian dance that brought her from China to absorb herself in a different Asian culture than her own and the  journey to Odissi.

Her Guru Sharon Lowen has learnt Manipuri from Guru Singhajit Singh and Odissi from Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra and has undertaken her own journey in dance from the University of Michigan to Chhau, Manipuri and Odissi in India.