september 05 programmes



friday 2nd september
7.00 pm 'TALK THE LANGUAGE OF VIOLENCE: CONFLICT & CREATIVITY' by Radha Chakraverty

Can representations of violence be aesthetic? How can translation reconfigure violence? Can writing be used as a mode of conflict resolution ? In this interactive session on writing violence and the violence of writing , Radha Chakravarty uses examples from Crossings, her translations from 20 Bangla writers, Chokher Bali, the early Tagore novel recently revived as a film, and Mahasweta Devi's short-story collection In the Name of the Mother.

Radha Chakravarty, scholar, writer and academic, is currently translating major Bangla writers into English. She was recently nominated for the Crossword Translation Award. Her essays, articles and reviews have been published in books and journals worldwide. She also works actively on gender issues.


wednesday 7th september
7.00 pm 'SLIDES & TALK IMAGES OF A FORGOTTON PANTHEON' by DR. Naman P Ahuja

The discovery of terracotta sculptures dating from 200 BC is not exciting news for anyone but archaeologists. Wrong. This discovery sheds new light on India's art history between the Mauryas and the Guptas. These were sculptures made for the mass market stretching from the Northwest frontier to Bengal indicating the existence of a civilization that was neither Buddhist, Jain or Hindu. He will be introduced by Deeksha Bhardwaj lecturer Dept. of History Gargi College.

Dr Ahuja specializes in early Indian sculpture. He is a Fellow of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and Tutor of Indian Art at the British Museum London.


friday 9th september
5.30 pm 'SLIDES & TALK CHANGING FACE OF IRANIAN WOMEN' by Kalyani Shankar

Iran upto the mid 70's was one of the most modern nations in Asia. Then came Ayatollah Khomeni , the Fatwa against Salman Rushdie and the rise of the religious police directed at the social freedom enjoyed by both men and women leading Iran backwards into the Middle Ages . Today Iranian women are trying to regain basic freedoms, equal pay and the right to travel without the permission of a husband or male relative.

Kalyani Shankar is a senior journalist based in New Delhi and a frequent commentator in radio and television. Formally the Washington correspondent and Political Editor of the Hindustan Times she is currently Vice President of the Press Association of India and founder member of the Indian Women Press Corps.

saturday 10th september
7.00 pm 'HINDUSTANI CLASSICAL VOCAL A QUEST FOR GRACE' by Vidushi Shano Khurana

who takes us on an autobiographical musical journey in an informal evening of discourse and recital. She speaks and sings to convey something more personal and unique that will enrich all of us whether or not we are initiated into the specific musical milieu that she imbibes.

Activist, composer, musicologist, but above all, phenomenal vocalist, Shanno Khurana doyenne of the Rampur gharana has fought tirelessly since Independence to keep this classical tradition alive. Her emotive and powerful voice continues to capture our hearts even today sixty years after her first broadcast on Lahore Radio in 1945. She is the recipient of several prestigious awards across the world.


tuesday 13th september to monday 26th september
6.30 pm 'ENVIRONMENT FORTNIGHT'

tuesday 13th september to monday 26th september
10.00 am to 5.30 pm 'EXHIBITION OF PHOTOGRAPHS ENCOUNTERS WITH NATURE' by Nanak Chand Dhingra

A passion for nature and wildlife photography is reflected in this magnificent series of photographs documenting and showcasing India's wildlife including some very rare, never before recorded animal behavior.

Nanak Chand Dhingra, is an engineer by profession. For over a decade now has captured unforgettable images with his lens . He has been deeply involved with wildlife promotional work. His images adorn many prominent wildlife and nature magazines and newspapers.

tuesday 13th september
7.00 pm 'DOCUMENTARY FILMS & TALK' by Mike Pandey

2 FILMS - SHORES OF SILENCE ( WHALE SHARKS ) 24 MINS.

This film has won the Green Oscar at the Wild screen Festival in the UK and awards in China, The Czech Republic, USA and India.

TIMELESS TRAVELLER ( THE HORSE SHOE CRABS ) 17 MINS

This is a film about one of the earliest living creatures on Earth and its potential in medicine for cures of cancer and HIV.


saturday 17th september
7.00 pm 'TALK ENOUGH IS ENOUGH : WILDLIFE & THE LAW' by Mahindra Vyas

An activist judiciary has come to the rescue of our habitat. Forests and wildlife have to be saved. This discussion centers around the role that the courts are playing in the protection of our environment and how they have saved our forests from virtual extinction in the last 10 years.

Mahindra Vyas is a Supreme Court lawyer specializing in Environmental law. He is a Trustee for Legal Action for Wildlife Environment and a member of the Central Empowered Committee constituted by the Supreme Court to deal with forest and wildlife issues. He is also a member of the CAT specialist group in the IUCN.

tuesday 20th september
'DOCUMENTARY FILM & TALK' by Mike Pandey

THE LAST MIGRATION ( ELEPHANT CAPTURE IN SARGUJA ) 52 MINS.

Mike Pandey is "one of India's most accomplished nature film makers " He is " a one - camera army fighting to preserve India's wild-life heritage." He will be present at both showings of his films.

friday 23th september
7.00 pm 'SLIDE SHOW / TALK FREE FROM THE FOREST' by Rajesh Thandani

The Himalayan forests provide a wide range of ecosystem services, ranging from unexplored bio diversity, to a variety of non-timber forest products that form the backbone of rural livelihoods in the hills. We use these forests; yet rarely ascribe any economic benefits to them. We change the functioning of these fragile ecosystems, without perceiving what we have done. This talk will explore the impacts of human use on the functioning and ecology of the Himalayan ecosystem.

Rajesh Thadani has a Ph.D in Forest Ecology and Physiology from the School of Forestry, Yale University. He has worked and published on the ecology of the Himalayan forests. He was the Executive Director of Chirag, an established grassroots development NGO of Uttaranchal, and is director of Kumaon Grameen Udyog - a not for profit company that worked towards creating livelihood opportunities for rural people in the Kumaon Himalaya.

monday 26th september
7.00 pm 'SLIDE SHOW / TALK DELHI'S NATIVE TREES' by Pradip Krishen

Bistendu
Kareel
Ehretia
This illustrated talk guides you through the roughly 40 species of trees that are native to the Delhi region. Only 3 or 4 are cultivated . Most of them can be seen growing wild in untamed parts of the Ridge or as relict street trees, but at least 3 species known to have been part of Delhi's native flora at the start of the 20th century have disappeared from Delhi completely.

Pradip Krishen has spent the last 6 years researching and photographing a 'FIELD GUIDE TO DELHI'S TREES', to be published towards the end of this year. Explore Delhi from the unique perspective of her trees and gardens either at this lecture or on his public Tree Walks on Sunday mornings. Upto 1994 Pradip Krishen directed the films 'MASSEY SAHIB' and 'IN WHICH ANNIE GIVES IT THOSE ONES'. He is also an 'ecological gardener', working only with plants that are native to a region. He has designed a 'native plants garden' in Garhwal, and is starting a new one in Nagaur.