and thursday 3 June
3 to 7 pm. 100 Things to do with Genda Phool ...A
workshop for children
Conducted by Red Earth and The Genda Phool Project
Suggested age group: 8-18
The workshop will introduce children to the magical
world of genda phool, the eternal and universal
marigold flower. The children will connect with the
environment, beauty, celebration, art and music all
through the medium of Genda Phool.
The children will learn to do several things with
genda phool over the course of the workshop:
. Growing and planting genda phool
. Making garlands from genda phool
. Playing with genda phool
. Singing the genda phool
. Dancing to the tune of genda phool
. Genda games
. Painting with genda phool, making your own organic
. Dried flower crafts -- cards, potpourri
. Making gulaal from genda phool
. Rangolis -- floor decoration with genda phool
. Floating flower arrangements with genda phool
Contribution: Rs. 1000/- per child
(Includes material, refreshments and other workshop
costs. Payable in
Maximum no. of children: 12-15
Maybe accompanied by parents / attendants
For registration and details contact
Himanshu Verma / 41764054 /
A workshop for aspiring Dastangos at The Attic
June 10am – 5pm
saturday 5th June 10am to 4.30 pm
sunday 6th June 12.30 – 5 pm
Mahmood Farooqui’s attempts at reviving this lost
art of Urdu story telling have completed five years
this month. He is now looking to invite more people
to take the story forward.
Only those interested in pursuing the art of
Dastangoi and those who have a working knowledge of
Urdu and of Theatre should attend.
Please write a mail to
email@example.com and state your
background and reasons for attending the workshop in
order to register. Please also visit the blog
www.dastangoi.blogspot.com to learn more about
this lost Art of Urdu Storytelling and its revival.
A Note on the Workshop:
The workshop is NOT going to conduct general theatre
exercises of voice, improvisation and movement. It
is going to concentrate on the history and nature of
the form and how best to perform the traditional
stories in today's context.
Participants are expected to devote themselves to
learning and performing the stories which are
currently in the repertoire of the Dastangoi
performances. The workshop will be conducted free of
cost to the participants.
The workshop is supported by the INDIA FOUNDATION
FOR THE ARTS, BANGALORE.
saturday 5 june
of Ghazal” a performance by Ishu Sharma
ghazal is a poetic form consisting of rhyming
couplets (shers) and a refrain with each line
sharing the same meter. It can be understood as a
poetic expression of the pain of loss or separation
or the beauty of love in spite of that pain. The
form originated in the 6th century pre Islamic
Arabic verse and remains the principal poetic form
of Indo-Perso-Arabic civilization.
Ghazals were written by the Persian mystics and
poets Rumi, Hafez and Fuzuli. The form came to India
in the 12th century under the influence of the
Sultanate courts and Sufi mystics and flowered in
the Persian and Urdu poetry of Mirza Ghalib and
Muhammad Iqbal. Through the influence of Goethe,
Friedrich Ruckert and August von Platen they also
became popular in 19th century Germany. The ghazal
is just a poetic form, an ode and exists in many
languages including Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Turkish,
Kashmiri, Kurdish, and Pashtu.
The ghazal form in India has reached new heights
with the poetry of the great ‘shairs’ (poets) Mir
Taqi Mir, Ghalib, and Faiz Ahmad Faiz being set to
brilliant musical compositions often based on
‘Ragas’ and sung by some of the most famous ghazal
singers of India and Pakistan. The music embellishes
the words and brings alive the themes of illicit,
unattainable love, separation and the passion of the
ki mujhko qayaamat kaa etiqaad nahii.n
shab-e-firaaq se roz-e-jazaa ziyaad nahii.n
It is not that I do not have faith in (the pains of)
the day of judgment
But the night of separation is not less than the day
This evening’s programme is as much a tribute to the
‘shairs’ who wrote the great couplets that comprise
the Ghazal as to those singers who brought the words
alive through their music.
Ishu Sharma has been singing the Ghazal for two
decades now along with other forms – Thumri, Dadra,
Bhajan and Folk. She credits her mother for
introducing her to music and her success to her
family for their support. She started her formal
training in music when she was seven years old and
became a disciple of Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty and
later in Ghazal of Ustad Zamir Ahmed Khan of the
Delhi Gharana. She was inspired by the famous ghazal
singers Begum Akhtar and Farida Khanum and through
her singing has paid homage to the great poets Mirza
Ghalib, Zouq and Faiz Ahmed Faiz.
She is an approved artist of All India Radio and has
received many awards for her achievements in music.
She has also traveled all over India and performed
at various festivals around the country.
saturday 12th june
1 – 3 pm Food Meditation # 7
7th in the series of Food Meditation takes place on
12 June from 1 to 3 pm. The idea is the same. How to
eat? What to eat?
Participants will be served simple, wholesome,
nourishing, food. There will be no talking while
eating. Questions and discussion afterwards.
Rotis will be made from hand pounded wheat,
Vegetables cooked in pure mustard oil retaining the
essential simplicity of what was called ‘desi
The highlight of the meal is ‘Jau’ (Oats) and
‘kacchee ghani’ (mustard oil). Some useful
information is as below:
1. Oats generally have been cultivated
for over 5000 years. The benefits of oats come from
the fact that they are a good source of soluble and
insoluble fiber. Not the kinds of oats generally
available in the market which are sugar coated, but
the original plain flakes or aataa.
2. In their unprocessed form oats cut down the
risks of heart disease and are very useful for
diabetics. They slow down the digestion of starch
avoiding the sharp rise in the sugar level in the
blood after meals.
3. Oats are a very good source of vitamins E,
zinc, selenium, cooper, iron, manganese, magnesium
4. In the Indian tradition Oats are a
‘cooling’ food and appropriate dor this weather.
• Mustard oil (cold pressed
Has alow Saturated fat content amongst edible oils
and causes less clogging of the arteries, reducing
the risk of heart attack. It also contains Omega3
and Omega 6 fatty acids crucial for health and
This mustard oil comes from one of our young farmer
friend, Bharat’s village, in Baghpat.
The menu will also include Black Rice and Pudina
Chaachh, the former being rich in fiber and iron and
the latter is a popular summer health drink.
Some special herbs and spices used in these meals
will be on display and available for sale.
Participation is by registration on payment only.
Telephone The Attic 23746050 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org Charges Students Rs 25. Others Rs
Only 15 participants. No walk-ins please.
saturday 12th june
6.30 pm ‘Swaranjali’ sarod recital by Pt. Mukesh
in Indian music is a musical note. ‘Anjali’ is an
offering. Mukesh Sharma offers us this evening his
music as a ‘sur ki sadhana’ a worship of music.
To him music is meaningless unless accompanied by
devotion. This devotion is to the music and the
musical note itself which is considered to have
divinity and includes not only the playing but also
the act of listening to music.
The sarod is a stringed musical instrument
and along with the sitar, the most popular in
Hindustani classical music. It is known for its
deep, weighty, introspective sound (contrast with
the sweet, overtone-rich texture of the sitar) with
sympathetic strings that give it a resonant,
reverberant quality. It is a fretless instrument
able to produce the continuous slides between notes
‘meend’ (glissandi), which are very important to
Indian music. The Sarod is believed to have
descended from the Afghan ‘rabab’
Mukesh Sharma is one of the leading younger
exponents of the Sarod. His purity of style,
uniqueness of imagination and his brilliant
technique in which he blends the elements of
‘Gayaki’ (vocal) rendering and "Layakari"
(Instrumental rhythmic patterns) make his recitals
musically very exciting.
His father Late Rasik Bihari Lal was an eminent
Sarod Artist. Mukesh had his initial training from
late Pt.Suprabhat Paul, late Dr. Ramaballabh Mishra
and Pt.Birju Maharaj. Later he came under the
guidance of the renowned Sarod Maestro Ustad Amjad
Ali Khan. Mukesh was the winner of the UP Sangeet
Natak Academy Competition for 2 years, the All India
Radio Music Competition, the All India Inter
University Competition and the ‘Sur-Mani’ title at
the Swami Haridas Sangeet Sammelan at Bombay.
He is an "A" Grade artist of the All India Radio
Doodarshan Kendra and had a Senior Fellowship from
The Ministry of Culture from 1995 to 1997. His
biography is published in "Asian/American Who is
who" and "Biography Today". He has performed in many
prestigious concerts in India and in many European
countries as well as in Mauritius, Reunion Island,
Singapore, Bangladesh and the Gulf Emirates. His
published recordings include "India Calling", "Raga
Miyan Malhar" and "The Call of Horizons" and have
been released in France, Germany and Holland. He has
been teaching classical instrumental music for the
last 25 years in India and abroad.