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“Miss Meena” to be staged at Ranga Shankara from July 28 to August 1

erch, a Chennai-based theatre collective, in association with Rafiki of Bangalore, will be premiering their new play, Ms Meena, inspired by Durrenmatt’s The Visit. The play will be staged at Rangashankara from July 28 – August 1.

here

is the wiki entry about the original play.

For bookings, contact

Ranga Shankara
36/2, 8th Cross
J P Nagar, II Phase
Bangalore – 560 078
P: 080-26493982 / 26592777
E: rstheatre@gmail.com
W: www.rangashankara.org

Times Cycle to Work on June 5

Cycle to work is a simple solution to a host of complex problems we face today. This simple mode of transport not only benefits your health but most importantly the environment. Employee commute is a huge contributing factor to a company’s carbon footprint. We are the only ones who can fix this, you and me, the work force of this city. So get those tires pumped, get your cycling shorts out of the closet.
Stop trying to make the difference, its time to live the difference.

The Times Of India and The Vaishnavi group presents Times Cycle to Work this World Environment Day 5th June 2010

When : June 5th, World Environment Day
Where : Vaishnavi Orchids, Sarjapur Road

Times Cycle to Work is an initiative to reduce our carbon footprint, its a platform to get into the the most celebrated commute culture of the city. Its an opportunity to see and get in touch with many Bangaloreans who have already taken up cycling as a mode of commute to work. Its an event where you get to participate/witness a professional cycling race of 60Kms. Its an event where you and your family can come and cycle together, where your kids can play various games which are going to be organized at the venue.

CATEGORIES

TIMES GREEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Road Race for the professional riders over a course of 20kms. 3 laps (60Kms) Men & 2 laps (40Km) for Women

TIMES RIDE FOR PRIDE
A 10Km Ride for all adults

TIMES JOY RIDE
5Km Joy Ride for Kids of ages 5yrs to 15yrs

TIMES TODDLERS RIDE
Tricycle Ride for Kids of ages below 5yrs

More details here.

Run for your environment!

Come and join a 5K run on June 6 (Sunday)

Mother Earth in association with RGI invites you and your families for a run / walk from 6 AM to 10 AM from Mother Earth Store (opp. Dell), Domlur, to Sony Circle, Koramangala 4th Block.

For more information, please visit Mother Earth.

To register, call 080-65472294 or walk into the store!

Clay for kids!

Want to keep your kids occupied this summer holidays? And yet make sure they’re doing something creative?

Try class and pottery classes – it’s sure to keep them engrossed and happy!

Clay Station in HSR Layout is a good place to head – I have been to the place and can recommend it highly. The facilities and atmosphere of the place is great for kids.

Pottery Programs for Children @ Clay Station May 2010

CS 110 Hands on clay
This is a fun program that introduces children to joy of working with natural clay. Children will learn very basic hand building techniques & they will be introduced to working on pottery wheel.
Age : 6 to 10 years
Duration : 5 sessions
Cost : Rs.1000 ( Including clay supply & firing charges).
When : May 17th to 21st 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

CS 121 Introduction to Clay Modeling & Pottery
Students explore potters wheel and hand building techniques with hands on assistance to make basic forms like bowls and vases. Students will enhance the basic forms they have created by using surface decoration techniques.
Age : 8 to 16 years
Duration : 10 sessions
Cost : Rs.2000
When : May 17th to 29th 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

OST 010: Summer Open Studio Program
Suitable for children of all age groups, this is a great way to try out various techniques for working with clay. Each session will be structured around a theme that would help children learn and enhance various basic hand building techniques. At the end of the session, children can opt to fire the articles they made or take them home to air dry.
Time : Fridays, 10:30AM to 1:30 PM .
Charges : Rs.200 per session.

Note:
1. For registration, email to info@claystation.in
2. Registration will be done on first come first served basis.

The Truth About Tigers: Screening of Shekhar Dattatri’s film

THE TRUTH ABOUT TIGERS

A film by Shekar Dattatri, Duration: 40 minutes

Screening on Friday 23rd April at 7:30pm sharp at Alliance Française Bangalore. There are limited seats so please take yours by 7:15pm. The screening will be followed by an interactive Q&A with renowned tiger scientist Dr. Ullas Karanth and Shekar Dattatri.

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Bangalore: Photography Contest

INTACH Bangalore is pleased to be the heritage partner for the Bengaluru Infinite Photo Contest, taking place on April 25th, 2010.

The event is organised by infinity F, a platform for photographers based in Bangalore to showcase work that is fresh, diverse and is driven by a purpose.

Bengaluru Infinite 2010 is a day filled with photography in your favourite city, capturing the city at its best.

The rules of the contest are simple: Each participant gets 4 subjects. Starting from 8 am to 8 pm, you can photograph aspects of Bengaluru keeping these subjects in mind. A participant will be allowed two photographs per subject. Exciting prizes to be won!
Please call Asif (99451 30745), Sriharsha (98866 35410) or Peevee (99455 16333) to register.

Visit http://www.infinityf.com/category/events/ or mail bengaluruinfinite@gmail.com for further details.

Multimedia Exhibition about Krumbiegel

The German botanist Gustav Hermann Krumbiegel is a part and parcel of Bangalore history….

Now, Max Mueller Bhavan is hosting an exhibition about him:

G.H. Krumbiegel: “Whatever he touched he adorned”
A multimedia show curated by Suresh Jayaram

17 – 30.04.2010
9.00 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. (Closed on Sundays)
Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan
Inauguration on 16.04.2010, 6.30 p.m

More details at

https://www.goethe.de/ins/in/bag/ver/en5881307v.htm

Panel Discussion and Film Screenings on the theme of “Water”

March 22nd World Water Day

New bill to penalize those wasting drinking water-Deccan Herald, Bangalore March9

Privatisation no solution to tackle water shortage in city- Deccan Herald March 9

Water Crisis to worsen in city- Deccan Herald March 12

City is the second highest water waster in country at 50.9% New Delhi tops the list at 52.4%- Deccan Herald March 13

While all these questions remain unanswered and new ones added, the city gets thirstier under the scorching summer sun and the water vendors make a fast buck( in some instances as much as Rs 1000) for a tank load of water.

A consortium of concerned organisations and institutions working on water and environment issues invite you to a panel discussion and film screenings on the use and abuse of water:

March 22nd & 23rd March, 2010 at Ashirvad, 30 St. Mark’s Road Cross, Opp. State Bank of India at 5.45pm.

Programme details

5.45 pm: Tea

6 Water Songs by Bhoomi Thayi Balaga,followed by Panel discussion: on the use and abuse of water

Panelists:

1. Prof. Stewart Ayash will speak on the Global Use and Abuse of Water. He is a scholar on international health issues, health communication and consumer health issues.

2. Viswanath Srikantaiah will speak on Water through the Ages in India. Vishwanath is a well known water activist from Bangalore who is deeply committed to water conservation and rain water harvesting. He is the founder of Rainwater Club Bangalore.

6.45 pm: Film Screening:˜Water and a City” directed by Swati Dandekar, followed by discussions.

Professor Patricia Zimmerman will lead the discussion on the Film. Prof. Patricia Zimmerman from Ithaca College USA is a scholar on cinema, photography and media arts and the co-director of Finger lake environmental film festival.

7.30 pm: Film screening ˜Living on the Edge” directed by Raseena Sherif and Anu Priya, students of Jyothi Nivas College, followed by discussions.

Mr. Leo Saldana, of Environment Support Group and environmental justice campaigner will lead the discussion.

Tuesday 23rd

6.30 pm: 6.00 pm: Film screening a) ˜Publos unibos: swineflu ground zero in mexico”- directed by Felipe Casanova and Miguel Angel Tiaz & b) ˜From big easy to big empty”- directed by Greg Palaston

Discussions with Prof. Patricia and Prof. Stewart

For Synopsis of the film,click

here

Contact: 25493705/9886213516

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Organised by Bangalore Film Society, Bhoomi Network, Green Path, Voices from the Waters, Environment Support Group (Environmental, Social Justice and Governance Initiatives). Suchitra Film Society, Rainwater Club and Samvada

Big Thinkers India Series, March 19

The lectures, under the banner of the Yahoo! Big Thinkers India series, bring together academia, scientists, the corporate world and the media.

This quarter, the event will be held on March 19, Friday from 3-5 pm at the Leela Hotel on Old Airport Road.

TOPIC: Does Retail Advertising Work? Measuring the Effects of Advertising on Sales via a Controlled Experiment on Yahoo!
Abstract
A randomized experiment performed in co-operation between Yahoo! and a major nationwide retailer allows us to measure the effects of online advertising on sales. We exploit a match of over one million customers between the databases of Yahoo! and the retailer, assigning them to treatment and control groups for an online advertising campaign for this retailer and then measuring each individual’s weekly sales at this retailer, both online and in stores.

We find statistically and economically significant impacts of the advertising on sales. We estimate the total effect on revenues to be more than four times the retailer’s expenditure on advertising during the study. Additional results explore differential effects of ads on online and offline sales and on individuals who click the ads versus those who merely view them. Our results provide the best measurements to date of the effectiveness of image advertising on sales, and we shed light on important questions about online advertising in particular.

SPEAKER: David Reiley, Principal Research Scientist at Yahoo! Research

David Reiley is a Principal Research Scientist and a pioneer in the use of field experiments in economics. He has used field experiments to test theories of auction bidding and charitable fundraising, and is currently using experiments to measure the effects of display advertising on advertisers’ sales. Before joining Yahoo! Research, David worked at the Arizona Public Service Professor of Economics at the University of Arizona.

To register for the event, click here.
http://bangalore.yahoo.com/bigthinkers/register.php?event=12

First Asian from Bangalore qualifies for RAAM

In its 27 year history, RAAM has never had an Indian participant. This year, Bangalore based cyclist Samim Rizvi broke all records by cycling a distance of 700 kms in 24 hours (March 6/7 weekend) qualifying for the event.

The target was 675 kms but Samim wanted to do a tad better and rounded it off to 700 kms. A moment that will go down in history for sure.

Samim Rizvi

Samim Rizvi

Vivek Radhakrishnan, who is another well known figure on Bangalore’s cycling circuit had this to say: “…when you actually think about the distance itself, 700 km, that is another mind-boggling thing. In fact it is so unbelievable, that many have always doubted Samim’s achievements and plans, but I have seen him, and accompanied him on a few of these crazy sessions, so to the skeptics I say “start believing, and if you care about cycling in India, start supporting and cheering this athlete who is making cycling history in this country right now!”

He continues: The qualifying distance was covered at 23 hrs with an hour to go at about 7:20 am, so we had about 50 minutes to get back to the starting point to complete his personal goal of 700 in 24. The remaining 25 kms was amazing, supporters started showing up car after car, in the end we were a convoy of a few bikers and numerous cars on the highway. People leaning out of windows, standing through the sunroofs, cheering, taking pictures and filming with their camcorders. There were people waiting along the side of the high way, it was superb, Samim kept saying “I cant believe this, this is the most amazing day of my life”.”

Samin has always been passionate about cycling. In college, he would cycle 67 km to college. His penchant for distance cycling started all the way back in childhood, when his brother and he would hire a bicycle for 50p.

In year 2006, in a bid to raise awareness on global warming, Samim ran from Bangalore to Mumbai and cycled all the way back. The team educated dhaba owners and truckers about global warming and the effects of CFS. He trains hard every week on stretches like the 120 km Bangalore-Mysore highway and on the Bangalore-Nandi Hill route.

This year in July, Samim will participate at the ultra marathon cycling race event, RAAM, which is to be held at ocean side California to Annapolis Maryland. Racers cover a distance of over 3000 miles in less than 10 days. That is about 50% longer in half the time as the Tour de France. The Solo and Team finishers collectively travel a combined distance equivalent to circling the Earth at the equator seven times!

Samim (earlier with Red Rooster Racing) is now being promoted by BullDog Sportz.

He’s a real inspiration for the Bangalore biking community, which is increasing by leaps and bounds. If you, frustrated by Bangalore’s traffic want to be a part of the solution and not the problem, then do log in and become part of this active and thriving community!

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