november 2007 programmes

friday 2nd to tuesday 13 november
11 am to 7 pm
(closed sunday & diwali)
Clay ‘Anagama’ at The Attic - Recent works from 5 celebrated Potters.

friday 2nd  Opening at 6.30 pm. With a short talk by Ray Meeker on Anagama and Peter Thompson. 

saturday 3rd november
6.30 pm
‘Evening Ragas’ – a Hindustani classical vocal recital by Ravi Joshi

friday 16th November
6.30 to 8 pm – ‘Yogananda’s Spirit-in-Nature’ A talk on flower essences by Deborah and Claudio Gregorelli

sunday 18th november
6.30 pm Two short plays
2-Shot’ created & performed by Supriya Shukla and Arushi Singh &

‘Hell ka Housefull’
created and performed by young performers.

tuesday 20th november 2007 at 6.30 pm
Moves & Measures - Contemporary choreographic Landscapes

The Silent Body ( 6 mins), Kaspar Konzert (25 mins), La Mada'a (26 mins)

wednesday 21st november
6.30 pm
‘Dagarvani’ – a documentary film by Renuka George and a discussion with Wasifuddin Dagar

thursday 22nd november 2007 at 6.30 pm
Moves & Measures - Contemporary choreographic Landscapes

One Flat Thing, Reproduced (26 mins),Paso Doble (41 mins)

friday 23rd november at 6.30 pm
Somewhere in Between (70 mins)

saturday 24th november
6.30 pm
‘Exploring Temple Sculpture with Dance’ – by Sangeeta Sharma

sunday 25th november 2007 at 6.30 pm
Moves & Measures - Contemporary choreographic Landscapes

Ramble in a Hotel Room (26 mins), Uzes Quintet (26 mins),Entropy (10 mins)

tuesday 27th november
6.30 pm
Voices of Dissent’ - Poetry and Short Stories by Sagari Chhabra




friday 2nd to tuesday 13 november
11 am to 7 pm (closed sunday & diwali)
Clay ‘Anagama’ at The Attic - Recent works from 5 celebrated Potters. Curated by Ray Meeker

Peter Thompson
Antra Sinha
Reyaz Badaruddin
Rashi Jain

Anagama is a Japanese term meaning cave kiln. It is a
single-chamber, wood-burning kiln built in a sloping tunnel shape. Burning wood produces heat, fly ash and volatile salts. Wood ash settles on the pieces during the firing, and the complex interaction between flame, ash, and the minerals comprising the clay body forms a natural ash glaze. This glaze may show great variation in color, texture, and thickness, ranging from smooth and glossy to rough and sharp.

Peter Thompson is an Australian ceramic artist who worked with the Golden Bridge Pottery to build an anagama and train the artists whose work is on display in this exhibition. His own artistic tendencies are toward calligraphic and gestural

line and form. He reinterprets the traditions of the East intuitively, with ease, spontaneity and authenticity, while absorbing the culture and color of his immediate environment and incorporating it in his work. A man of unusual energy which seems to spring from deep within, Peter is alive to this world, interested in just about everything. Interested in people, he scribbles little wisdoms on his pots, or cuts bold markings, with equal, inspiring surety.

The creative artists whose work will be displayed and sold at this exhibition have been deeply influenced by Peter Thompson. Antra started making asymmetrical form on the wheel. Reyaz is experimenting with hand built architectural forms. Neha is exploring wheel thrown sculptures in a series of explorations of three-dimensional space. Rashi has learnt the rules and how to break them with perfection. And K. Gukanraj is learning to cut round forms to create natural forms like fire and water.


saturday 3rd november
6.30 pm ‘Evening Ragas’ – a Hindustani classical vocal recital by Ravi Joshi

Hindustani classical music not only delineates mood and colour to a raga but also time and season. Raga ‘hindol’ for example is connected with Spring and the ‘malahar’ group with the rainy season. All ragas are assigned also to a time of day divided roughly as follows

First quarter– 6 to 9 am– bilawal, bhairav, bhairavi
Second quarter–9 to noon- todi and kafi
Third quarter– noon to 3 pm – kafi, bhimpalasi, pilu
Fourth quarter – 3 to 6 pm – poorvi, marwa, todi
Night ragas – the night is also divided into 4 quarters starting from 6 pm with the more famous ragas, including yaman, bhopali, khamaj, bageshwari, miya malhar, malkauns etc.

This categorization does not apply to Carnatic music but strangely enough there is a similar categorization in the Daily Circle of Church Services. The Church Canon requires 9 services to be performed during the day. For example Vespers around 6 pm, Nocturnes at night and Matins in the early morning.

Pandit Bhatkhande expounded the general principle that the ragas that stress the lower tetrachord (pa, dha, ni, sa) are to be performed in the evening and early night and those that stress the upper tetrachord ( sa, re, ga, ma) are performed in the late night and early hours of the morning.

Ravi Joshi chooses the appropriate raga for this evening. He is an M.Phil and Ph.D in music from Delhi University and has studied under Dr. Rekha Sah, Sri Nalin Dholakia, Sri Mukul Shivputra and Padma Shree Madhup Mudgal. He is currently a lecturer of music at Kumaon University in Almora.


friday 16th November
6.30 to 8 pm – ‘Yogananda’s Spirit-in-Nature’ A talk on flower essences by Deborah and Claudio Gregorelli

 Flower essences are herbal infusions that stimulate and awaken positive qualities   for our well-being. Flower essence therapy has been practiced in the U.S. and Europe for many years, and recently is becoming better known in India.
These essences are based on the teachings of the great yoga master Paramhansa Yogananda who taught that certain foods especially fruits, vegetables and nuts enhance specific spiritual and psychological qualities in us, when we eat them. Pears, for instance, bring a sense of peacefulness; cherries, cheerfulness, etc.
Recognizing that it is difficult to eat large enough quantities of a food to really benefit from its inherent quality, Deborah and Claudio created a line of 20 essences which are made from the blossom of these plants and contain in concentrated form the pure energy of that plant. A regular intake of this product can have a powerful, positive effect in your own life, and healing takes place at a deeper level than just physical. Thirty years of experience with the essences has shown that they work.

Deborah and Claudio Gregorelli, will conduct this seminar, presenting what are Yogananda’s Spirit-in-Nature essences, how they work, and how to use them.

They have been disciples of Paramhansa Yogananda for over 20 years and were living and teaching in the Ananda Sangha center in Assisi, Italy before moving to India in 2005.

Ananda Sangha located in Gurgaon is an international NGO dedicated to sharing the teachings of Sanaatan Dharma as taught by Paramhansa Yogananda, author of the spiritual classic, ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’. Started in 1968 by Yoganandaji’s direct disciple Swami Kriyananda, Ananda Sangha includes over 1000 resident members in America and Europe, along with thousands of supporters around the world. For further information, and on flower essences

Registration: call 2374 6050 or email: or Surekha 9811330098.


Moves & Measures - Contemporary choreographic Landscapes

On the occasion of "Mois du documentaire" (Month of documentary films), French Information Resource Centre of the French Embassy, The Attic & Ektara India jointly present a selection of newly released video documentaries on modern choreography.  The selected films give us an idea of new trends in choreography in France and around the world. These films capture the essence of a choreographic oeuvre d’art. Each film can be seen as a complete performance through tasteful manipulation of the camera. The last day of the screening (Sunday 25th) will be followed by a discussion on contemporary choreography.


tuesday 20th november 2007 at 6.30 pm

The Silent Body


Two bodies meet and pass through other in search of an identity. Bodies as borders, the permeable offspring of sensory territories. Searching for another form of narrative, The Silent Body does not show dance, but attempts to find cinema in the matter of bodies, creating sensations, gestures and postures. Presence versus absence and the metamorphosis of the body.


Kaspar Konzert  


Two actors and a musician, directed by François Verret, express Kaspar Hauser's wildest movements when he meets human society. Inside metal machinery, the body tenses, weaves its web, leaps and falls. The camera captures Mathurin Bolze's fantastic acrobatics. A spotlighted acrobat suspended in mid-air, or a puppet flopped on the ground, a spider man, a monkey man, the manipulated body moves faster and faster...


La Mada'a


Inspired by Andalusian Arab poetry, that fertile blend of Orient and Occident, this film recreates the choreography of Hela Fattoumi and Eric Lamoureux, sublimated by images of southern Tunisia. In this meeting of contemporary dance and oud, the Arab lute, the movements come to life in arabesques evoking the curves and upstrokes of Arabic calligraphy. The film's atmosphere is suffused with a shifting light and the architecture of spaces, which amplify the emotion and energy of the bodies.



wednesday 21st november
6.30 pm ‘Dagarvani’ – a documentary film by Renuka George and a discussion with Wasifuddin Dagar

Dagarvani is a portrait of the renowned Dhrupad singers, Ustad N.Wasifuddin Dagar, his uncle, the late Ustad N. Zahiruddin Dagar, and
their family. More than a film explaining Dhrupad, it is a glimpse
into the musicians lives, an intimate sharing of daily activities.
From morning riyaaz to public concerts, or their family festival in
Jaipur, we discover the quiet strength of this close knit family whose
whole life revolves

around their musical tradition. This 52 minute film was produced for Arte, the French cultural channel in 1992. After the film she will discuss with Wasifuddin Dagar what has happened in the last 15 years to the family, their music and the strength of the Dhrupad and classical music tradition.

Renuka has done her B.A. in French Studies from the London School of Economics. She is the Director of a documentary film ‘Kathakali’about a dance school in South India and ‘Les Petites Indes’, a documentary about second generation Asians in Britain. She has participated in the production of a CD featuring a baul group of singers and has also conceived and produced a commemorative brochure for the Paris Dhrupad society.

"Ustad F. Wasifuddin Dagar is a dhrupad singer trained under guru-shishya parampara exclusively within the Dagarvani gharana. Born and immersed in the family tradition, he now carries its memories and legacy as a representative of the 20th unbroken generation. He is credited with performances for prestigious institutions (UNESCO, World Music Institute, Smithsonian Institute, United Nations, French National Public Library, College de France …) and with CDs (UNESCO, RagaRecord, Jecklin, Music Today,..). Yet, he has a dream: to take dhrupad to the hearts of the new world generation. He desires to instill the taste for Dhrupad and to unravel the intricacies of this musical style to all music loving people, students, musicians and even to those with no experience of Indian music."


Moves & Measures - Contemporary choreographic Landscapes

thursday 22nd november 2007 at 6.30 pm


One Flat Thing,Reproduced 

One Flat Thing is considered one of William Forsythe's major works, where the performers' virtuosity is matched only by the ingenious complexity of the choreography. The film is both an extension of the live production. reworking the initial scenography, and a completely unprecedented work. Using two cameras, Thierry De Mey films the performance from many angles and makes unusual choices in order to develop a syntax of original images that transcribe the dance. He extends and reinvents the choreography by alternating stills, tracking and freeze frames, edited in a jerky, jagged montage. 

Paso Doble 

This film reveals the creation of Paso Doble during the performances by Miquel Barcel6 and Josef Nadj in the Eglise des Celestins during the Avignon Festival.

Between contemporary art and dance, the pulse of this performance lies in the two man creative process. Sculptor/painter Miquel Barcel6 executes a mural live. Josef Nadj enters into the work to fulfil his dream of entering a painting by the artist. A work about dialogue in which the creative worlds of the two artists are interwoven.

Somewhere in Between

This experimental portrait is a fictional transposition of the research by choreographer Meg Stuart. Sometimes joking, sometimes serious, the film shows how the choreographic work of Meg Stuart draws on people's everyday behaviour and gestures. The film's title suggests the idea of the indeterminate, which affects the reality of places, individuals and situations. The film sets these artistic practices against a backdrop of public/private spaces in several parts of Paris, Zurich and Brussels. Pierre Coulibeuf's film work uses contemporary creation as a raw material.


saturday 24th november
6.30 pm ‘Exploring Temple Sculpture with Dance’ – by Sangeeta Sharma

In the 1920’s and 30’s the Indian dance tradition took 2 different directions the ‘classical’ spearheaded by Rukmani Devi and the setting up of Kalakshetra and Uday Shankar’s contemporary portrayals of Hindu mythology using ballet techniques. What Ravi Shankar did for Indian music his brother Uday teaming up with ballerina Anna Pavlova did for Indian contemporary dance. Following in that lineage Sangeeta Sharma is a contemporary dancer exploring temple dances in modern ways. She seeks
the freedom to express dance in a different way – to share, to achieve and to express in a more natural way than the formal presentations of classical dance. Working with professional and nonprofessional, formal and informal
presentation she recognizes and develops both aesthetic and social values exploring the dynamic interaction between the audience and the performer.This evening she performs MOORT, AMOORT (In between stillness and movement) and DWAR (THE DOOR) journey of a woman...loneliness & thereafter... which have been premiered in Poland and India earlier and she will do some new pieces based on temple sculpture and mystic images of the mountains.

Sangeeta Sharma has been a contemporary dancer/choreographer for 21 years. She has been a student of Narendra Sharma and came to Indian dance through street theatre. She trained with Laban & Limon Technique in America and is also heavily influenced by Chhau and Kathakali. She is the assistant director of Bhoomika a professional dance company in Delhi.

Moves & Measures - Contemporary choreographic Landscapes

sunday 25th november 2007 at 6.30 pm

Ramble in a Hotel Room 


This film enters the intimacy of the dancer and borrows choreographed sequences from Me and My Choreographer in 63 by Bruno Beltrao, an advocate of street dance from Brazil, interspersed with poetic urban images. In this dance solo, paced like a conversation between the dancer an'd the choreographer, dance illustrates their dialogue through metaphorical associations. With spontaneous movements, the dancer accompanies his own voice, which rambles about his experiences, his relationship with the body, God and life.

Uzes Quintet         

New international contemporary dance infiltrates every corner of Uzes during the annual dance festival. Catherine Maximoff filmed five choreographers, an audacious journey into the worlds of Javier de Frutos, Emanuel Gat, Kitt Johnson, the Peeping Tom troupe and the Nathalie Pernette/ Andreas Schmid duo. An off-stage choreographic trip, where the characters resonate strangely with their environment.



A young woman awakes from a dream and discovers that her apartment has been taken over by a mysterious sonic presence. As the heroine, played by Emmanuel1e Huynh, moves her body and objects, the sounds of her gestures are accentuated, amplified, stretched and accumulated until they attain sonic saturation. This resounding crescendo culminates with the shattering of a glass. The absolute degree of disorder of matter, the ultimate degradation of sound is reached before the peace of silence returns.

For any further information please call: French Information Resource Centre 30410053, 9811922952 or The Attic 23746050 

tuesday 27th november

6.30 pm ‘Voices of Dissent’ - Poetry and Short Stories by Sagari Chhabra

We continue our exploration of multi -faceted personalities with a dramatic reading of poetry and short stories voicing the anguish of the people who are not normally talked about in our drawing rooms, whose voices are not heard, unless a great tragedy occurs. 

This is not an evening of mindless entertainment. It is an evening for those who wish to engage with other voices and the experiential realities of the marginalised, the invisible and those on the fringes of society. Come and listen to the voices of the imprisoned in Burma, Iraq war and the hungry in Orissa. Participate in a dramatic performance!  Sagari invites those with poems or stories to share and participate. 

Sagari Chhabra is a writer, poet & film-director. She has written and directed fifteen documentary films and one fiction film winning five national and international awards. She is the author of ‘The Professional Woman’s Dreams’ and her poetry is in the 'Anthology of Indian Women Poets' to be published by the Sahitya Akademi (National Academy of Letters) shortly.  Her creative writing; poetry and short stories have been published by the Sahitya Akademi’s ‘Indian Literature’ and other journals. 'The Elephant Without  A Passport' a fable about climate change was shortlisted for an international award. Her work has been translated into Burmese and Oriya.

She recently spent a year in Myanmar (Burma), Malaysia and Singapore researching the Indian diaspora.