Archive for November, 2009

Changing Ideas of Rights,Wrongs, and Public Interest: Talk by Usha Ramanathan

Environment Support Group ®

invites you to a talk on

Changing Ideas of Rights, Wrongs and Public Interest

(Enquiries into Changing Role of State vis a vis sovereignty, eminent domain, impoverishment and the return of the Contract)

On Friday, 27th November 2009
By

Usha Ramanathan

Time: 5.00 pm – 6.30 pm
Venue: Ashirwad, St. Marks Road (Behind Kabab Corner), Bangalore

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Dance Drama by Goethe Institute at Ranga Shankara

Love | Death | Devil – The Piece: A Dance-Theatre Performance by the Ben J. Riepe Kompanie

The Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan and Ranga Shankara are presenting a dance-theatre performance by the Ben J. Riepe Kompanie from Düsseldorf, Germany.

Event: Love | Death | Devil – The Piece

A Dance-Theatre Performance by the Ben J. Riepe Kompanie

Date: November 29, 2009

Time: 7.30 p.m.

Venue: Ranga Shankara

Age limit: 18 years and above

Tickets: Rs. 200 available at Ranga Shankara, www.indianstage.in and the Goethe-Institut

More information at the Bhavan: 25205305/6/7/8 or on our website: www.goethe.de/bangalore

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Art Education: Conference by Max Mueller Bhavan and IFA

Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore

and

India Foundation for the Arts

present

Arts Education: Contexts, Concepts, and Practices in Schools

Dec 11 – 12, 2009

The Chancery Pavilion, Bangalore

The Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore and India Foundation for the Arts(IFA) are jointly hosting an Arts Education Conference on December 11 – 12, 2009 at The Chancery Pavilion, Residency Road, Bangalore. This conference, perhaps the first of its kind in the country is an extension of Kali-Kalisu a project undertaken by IFA in partnership with the Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan to empower the school teacher through arts pedagogy training workshops under one of IFA’s major funding programmes, Arts Education. This initiative brought multi-pronged Arts Education workshops to over 500 teachers in rural and small-town Karnataka covering Shimoga, Dharwad, Bidar, Gulbarga, Udipi, Coorg and Mandya districts.

This conference hopes to articulate frameworks and directions for Arts Education in the country and will involve a broad range of stakeholders, including policy makers, educationists, administrators, parents and students in the deliberations. Some of the key speakers and discussants of the conference include Prof. Shiv Visvanathan, Mr. Rohit Dhankar, Mr. Karthikeya V. Sarabhai, Mr. Dadi D. Pudumjee, Ms. Maya Krishna Rao, Mr. Sadanand Menon, Mr. Akshara KV, and Dr. Shekhar Seshadri.

The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach. Known in India as the Max Mueller Bhavan, the Institut promotes knowledge of the German language abroad and fosters international cultural cooperation. Among other goals in the cultural arena, the Goethe-Institut lays major emphasis on executing and supporting projects that focus on capacity building and infrastructure.

India Foundation for the Arts is an independent, professionally-managed philanthropic organisation, based in Bangalore. IFA enriches the practice, knowledge, public access to, and experience of the arts in India, by providing strategic support for innovative projects and capacity building across the arts.

menaka@indiaifa.org or 080 23414681

Kommaghatta Lake in Kengeri area…suddenly disappears

I belong to a group of women, and we call ourselves BULBs…Bangalore Urban Lady-Birders. One of our favourite destinations to go birding (or bird-watching) is…Kommaghatta Lake (in Kengeri).

Yesterday we went birding to Manchinabele Reservoir and several of us planned to go to Kommaghatta Lake this morning.

One of us did visit…and found that the lake had…disappeared.

Here’s part of her message:

“sorry for sending bad news your way so early, ….i reached the *erstwhile* kommaghatta lake and found no sign of it… I could hardly believe my eyes… the entire lake is GONE, disappeared, lake bed dredged up and big mounds lying all over the place. walked across the lake bed… i meant to walk the entire stretch but after a point didn’t have the heart to do it…. still can’t get over the anger and the shock….
no cheers,
-g”

The anguish we all feel speaks through those strong words. How DARE BBMP dry up our water bodies like this? Have they no sense? I read last week that BBMP does not want to plant any more trees in Bangalore because “the roots are shallow”. This may be true of the Rain trees and the Spathodeas (which are from Africa) …but what about planting banyan trees, neem trees or mango trees instead? Our old roads and highways had shelter for wayfarers, and sheltered wildlife and birds, and gave welcome shade even to motorized vehiccles.

What on earth is wrong with our present government that they are so extremely shortsighted>

Is there some way we can get the BBMP to account for the disappearance of Kommaghatta Lake?

I am told that Jakku Lake has been similarly drained. I am…truly anguished. Should I stand by and see my city being murdered and literally dried to death in this fashion? NOTHING will bring back the trees and the lakes once they are going. We can just have “Sampangi Tank Road” and “Miller Road Tank Bed” as road signs, that’s all.

click here

to see where Kommaghatta Lake is….was…situated.

Mobilicity: an Unconference

Mobilicity: Unconference

Imagine Bangalore as a city where it is pleasant and safe to walk to shops, parks, schools, or work. Where streets are safe to cycle on; for children, senior citizens and the physically challenged to cross. Where your work place is easily reachable by bus or rail. Where it is safe to bicycle or walk to the nearest metro station or bus stop. Where buses move quickly in bus lanes and get priority at traffic signals. Where you do not have to shout over traffic noise to have a conversation, and are not suffocated by traffic fumes at congested streets.

The key to realising this vision is Sustainable Transport.

Join us at the city’s first sustainable transportation Unconference!

Mobilicity

At MobiliCity, a diverse group of citizens and experts will engage in open dialogue, share ideas, and propose forward-looking strategies and solutions for accessible, equitable, efficient and environmentally sustainable transportation in Bangalore.

Date: 21 November 2009
Time: 9:30 AM
Venue: CiSTUP, IISC

Mobilicity is co-hosted by Praja and CiSTUP.
To know more about Mobilicity, go to mobilicity.praja.in.

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“Hakki Haritude Nodithira?” (Kannada) at Ranga Shankara

Ranga Shankara’s Kannada production, “Hakki Harutide Nodidira” will be performed at Ranga Shankara on Fri Nov 20th and Sat Nov 21st at 7:30 PM.

As a tribute to one of India’s greatest playwrights, Vijay Tendulkar, who passed away in 2008, Ranga Shankara produced an adaptation of one his masterpieces, “Ashi Paakhare Yeti”, in Kannada. It is a play that has been performed in several Indian languages such as Hindi, Gujarati and Kannada apart from the original in Marathi. With Hakki Harutide Nodidira, Ranga Shankara taps and brings together the best of veteran and young theatre talent in Bangalore. The play premiered on July 17th 2009.

Interestingly, prominent actresses in our midst have played the role of the heroine, Saraswathi (Saru), in various languages. Arundhati Nag has essayed the role in Urdu while B Jayashree has done it in Kannada.

The play is directed by Manav Kaul from Mumbai. Manav Kaul is an actor, writer and director, who has won much acclaim for work like “Shakkar ke Paanch Daane”.

Ranga Shankara’s popular Kannada production, “Hakki Harutide Nodidira” will be performed at Ranga Shankara on Fri Nov 20th and Sat Nov 21st at 7:30 PM.

As a tribute to one of India’s greatest playwrights, Vijay Tendulkar, who passed away in 2008, Ranga Shankara produced an adaptation of one his masterpieces, “Ashi Paakhare Yeti”, in Kannada. It is a play that has been performed in several Indian languages such as Hindi, Gujarati and Kannada apart from the original in Marathi. With Hakki Harutide Nodidira, Ranga Shankara taps and brings together the best of veteran and young theatre talent in Bangalore. The play premiered on July 17th 2009.

Interestingly, prominent actresses in our midst have played the role of the heroine, Saraswathi (Saru), in various languages. Arundhati Nag has essayed the role in Urdu while B Jayashree has done it in Kannada.

The play is directed by Manav Kaul from Mumbai. Manav Kaul is an actor, writer and director, who has won much acclaim for work like “Shakkar ke Paanch Daane”.

The tickets are available at Ranga Shankara and www.indianstage.in. For more details please contact Ranga Shankara at 26493982.

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The Bangalore Book Festival (BBF)

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With over a three million titles on display, 340 stalls from leading publishers and distributors, this 10 day long Bangalore Book Festival (BBF) is open to public from 9th Nov till 15th Nov ( i.e. today) is claimed to be indias largest book festival….
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Swasti Gallery presents the work of an American Artist

Swasti Contemporary Gallery & Art Mantram
Invites you all to an Photography Exhibition by
American Artist David Davison
and interactive session
At Ista Hotel
1/1, Swami Vivekananda Road, Ulsoor, Bangalore- 560008

Proceedings of the Sale goes to HCG Foundation.

Dr. Ajai Kumar & Mrs. Bhagya Ajaikumar
Swasti gallery & HCG Foundation
Contemporary Art Gallery,
HCG Towers, # 8, Kalinga Rao Road,
Sampangi Ram Nagar, Bangalore- 560 027.

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YoursTruly Theatre presents Interactive Theatre for Children

On the occasion of Children’s day, Nov 14 -2009
Yours Truly Theatre Presents

SIGNS
a series of 5 short plays in complete the story style
a Yt’angle initiative( Yours Truly angle for children)
officially launching with this show.

SHOW DETAILS
Name of Play: Signs
Duration: 2 hours
Start Time: 10:00 am
Date: November 14, 2009
Venue: ADA Ranga Mandira, JC Road, Bangalore

Ticket – Rs 50/-
To book tickets call 9845853093/9845243051

Make this children’s day a special one for your child.
Inviting children above 7 years, along with parents/relatives.

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