august 05 programmes
6.00 pm - 8.00 pm 'INAUGURATION by Rajeev
Sethi & THE ARTISTS OF THE GOBAR SCULPTURES'
6.30 pm 'INVOCATION DANCE by Madhavi Mudgal'
august to 7th september
10.00 am to 5.30 pm 'EXHIBITION & FILM
SHOW: GOBAR SHAKTI - RAJEEV SETHI'
is a mini exhibit and auction of cow dung sculptures.
an initiative of crafts people expressing their own
stories through their skills. Part of a series titled
Apni Kahani Apni Zubani. This exhibition symbolizes
the aspirations of the craftspeople but rarely speaks
of the harsh realities that surround their creations.
The knowing skillful hands making these beautiful,
useful objects belong to women & men who continually
transform limited assets into tangible works of art.
The works of art will be on sale. Craftspeople will
be present for the first 3 days for Q & A sessions
from 10 am to 1 pm.
6.30 pm 'NANAK - THE GURU SLIDE SHOW AND TALK
by Arpana Caur/Mala Dayal'
Dayal has been involved with developing, selecting,
editing and writing material for children for over
30 years. Arpana Caur is among the foremost Indian
contemporary painters. the recipient of numerous awards.
her work has been widely exhibited in india and abroad
and is in public and private collection in leading
galleries and museums in Asia, Europe and USA. in
2003 she held an exhibition of paintings entirely
devoted to Guru Nanak. She shows slides and talks
about her other works.
Interactive the audience is encouraged to ask questions
and offer viewpoints.
7.00 pm 'ILLUSTRATED TALK - THE VOCABULARY OF
DESIRE by Dr. Geeti Sen'
Indian sensibility, as in many cultures, the woman
is represented as an allegory of Nature. This holds
true specially in mythical narratives, popularized
through the pictures by Raja Ravi Varma.
It needed the boldness of a woman artist in the 1930's,
Amrita Sher-Gil, to introduce a radical new perspective
for 'seeing' the woman - not as a desirable object
of the male gaze but as a woman impassioned, one who
desires. Her unfinished ' project' is continued by
woman artists from the 1980's, by commenting on the
mythic image, on the female torso ,by using the poetics
of the color red - to reassert her identity.
Dr Geeti Sen is a cultural historian, art critic and
the author of 6 books on Indian art.
7.00 pm 'CONVERSATION - REVISITING PARTITION
by Urvashi Butalia'
the Other Side of Silence. Director Zubaan comes back
to some stories from her award winning book with new
The wounds of the partition of India specially the
division of the Punjab were so raw that for almost
40 years almost nobody could write or talk about them
dispassionately. The simple but powerful stories of
the human tragedies was explored in the book. Urvashi
returned to Lahore and followed up on some of the
stories in the book. She will share these with you.
Interactive. Her books will be on sale at the time
of the conversation.
7.00 pm 'TEXTURE TONE TOPOGRAPHY - A CANDLELIT
EVENING OF 'POETRY, IMAGE & SOUND by Sudeep Sen'
reads from his' Rain ' poetry . Srinivas plays the
flute, the candles float in the water,
'it is another space, another view, but the same rain......'
Sudeep Sen is a world poet with numerous award-winning
books, including Postmarked India (HarperCollins),
Prayer Flag ,and Rain. He has been involved with many
shows with international artists all over the world.
He is widely considered among the leading younger
contemporary English poets in the world.