Discussion: Change Drivers

An interesting session is being organised for Bangaloreans. This is the message from Civic Dialogue.

Invitation: Change Drivers
Ideas that can make Bangalore more livable.
25th August 2010, 5 pm Onwards
Jaaga Creative Common Ground, Off Richmond Road

As part of the kick off party of our Civic Dialogue Initiative we are organizing a symposium to introduce the Competition and showcase some of the partner NGO’s and activists who a working towards making our city a better place to live! They will tell us their inspiring stories as well as highlight idea for shaping a Bengaluru that we all can be proud of.

Registration is Required

Agenda & Presenters:

4:45- 5:00 pm: Registration

5:00 – 5:15 pm: Introduction: Civic Dialogue Program By Ritu Krutika, Head, Civic Engagement , The Urban Vision

5:15 – 5:30 pm: Managing Waste in Bengaluru: Wilma Rodrigues, Head , Saahas

5:30 – 5:45 pm : Conserving Water for our Future: S. Vishwanath,Founder , Rainwater Club

5:45 – 6:00 pm : Public Space for Collaboration : Freeman Murray,Founder , Jaaga

6:00 – 6:15 pm : Social Media for Social Good : Prathima Manohar , Founder , The Urban Vision

6:15 – 6:30 pm : Clean City – Healthy City , Myriam : Founder , Clean Bengaluru

6:30 – 6:45 pm : Cycling for a Green Bengaluru: Prabhakar Rao ,Founder, Go Green Go Cycling

6:45 – 7:00 pm : Driving Youth to save our Ecology : IYCN Bangalore

7:00 – 7:15 pm : Youth for the garden City : Kapil Sharma , Founder, SayTrees.

Location: This Jaaga site is located on Rhenius Street, Off Richmond Road, Opposite the Hockey Association Stadium main gate, Shanthinagar. More details on the location and how to get there.

About Civic Dialogue:
Civic Dialogue is a public dialogue in which participants (students & young professionals) discuss and report civic issues, policies and decisions of consequence to their lives, communities and society. This program is conceived to encourage a vigorous, well-informed discussion on the city stage about the major issues of the city by engaging the citizens in the city. Write to Ritu@theurbanvision for more info.

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Wildlife Photography @ iReboot

iReboot hosts wildlife photography bootcamp for third consecutive year

September will be a pretty busy month at iReboot which is gearing up for the third consecutive year of its most talked about program – the Wildlife Photography Workshop. The entries are pouring in, the program is currently being redesigned and the participants are already rearing to go. In a nutshell, this program combines two most common realms of hobbies- wildlife and photography- which have very good potential of being converted to full-time professions in the long run. iReboot will make the necessary arrangement to have the participants sent off to The Bannerghatta National Park with a qualified, professional wildlife photographer (their previous mentors include celeb names like Kalyan Varma and Amogha Varsha).

ireboot photography workshop

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Students can expect professional guidance from their mentor and learn the basic principles of wildlife photography and most importantly, they can look-forward to a thorough individual evaluation of the pictures taken during Safari’s and various expeditions around the park. The course work of this program has been the main USP of the bootcamp. Participants have shared their appreciation for highly relevant content and have praised it for its detailed structure and synopsis.

Post program perks include a free membership to the Photon Club, where the skill-set of the participants are further nurtured through regular commercial assignments and meet-ups. In addition to this, iReboot ensures that the participants take complete advantage of the resources available for their long-term benefit, such as one-on-one sessions with the mentor, tie-up’s with renowned photography magazines and networking at large.

September 2010 workshop for wildlife photography will be held at the Bannerghatta National Park on the 18th and 19th. Program relevant information can be found on iReboot’s website www.ireboot.com.

To see what our other participants have done during their stint, please go through these Flickr images.

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Frames Of Mind 2010 – for photographers

Frames of Mind 2010

Submission Update


I received the content for this post from Mayur Channagere – the Moderator on this event organised by the Bangalore Photography Club.  You should find this useful.

The Bangalore Photography Club is all set with its flagship annual event Frames Of Mind 2010. This year Frames of Mind (FOM) celebrates its 5th  year of being one of the very few platforms for both amateur & professional photographers in the city to showcase their talent.

The theme for this year’s exhibition is “India Today” where photographs depicting the New India will be curated and showcased. The plan is to have several photography-based activities at the venue over three days – including talks by experts in the area, workshops, an open house where any participant can come and share his ideas/ experiments/ opinions and more. This year the event will be held at ChitraKala Parishat, between 22nd and 24th October.

Please follow the link for more information. The LAST date for submission is SEP 11.

http://bangalorephotographyclub.com/activities/fom10.html

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Entrepreneurship Education Program for Women in Bangalore

Invitation: 10,000 Women 2010

Greetings from NEN!

We’re writing to inform you of an exciting entrepreneurship education program that might be of interest to you or to someone you know.

Launched by Goldman Sachs, the 10,000 Women program is a global initiative to increase the number of under-served women receiving business and management education. The initiative rests on the belief that partnerships between education, development and business experts can help bring about significant change through improved business education for women. The Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad, is the academic partner for the 10,000 Women program in India.

Through this programme, Goldman Sachs and the ISB are offering an intensive course to provide world-class education to help women entrepreneurs to think big, and to grow their businesses.
This year, courses will be taught in several cities. Currently, applications are being accepted for Hyderabad and Bangalore. Deadline for application for Bangalore is 23rd August and for Hyderabad is 24th August. Courses start in October, and scholarships are available.

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Onam Sadhya at Ranga Shankara Cafe

Onam Sadya is a tradition at the Ranga Shankara cafe. Anju Sudarshan, the lady who runs the cafe, puts her heart and soul to whip up a buffet that brings the flavours, tastes and colours Kerala to Ranga Shankara. This year, the Onam Sadya lunch is set for 1 PM t0 3 PM, Sun, Aug 22. Prior reservation necessary — please call 9900064931.

Onam- the harvest festival of Kerala is celebrated during the Malayali month of Chingam (Aug- Sep). This festival lasts for ten days and marks the homecoming of the legendary king Mahabali. These ten days bring out the best of Kerala culture and tradition. Intricately decorated Pookalam, ambrosial Onasadya, breathtaking Snake Boat Race and exotic Kaikottikali dance are some of the most remarkable features of Onam.


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

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“Elling” by Dramanon at Ranga Shankara

Dramanon is a young Bangalore-based theatre group whose fortunes I have been following for a fair length of time now, and I have been impressed with their commitment to English theatre, given the obstructions that an amateur group has always to face: affordability of theatre space, funding obstacles, and rehearsal difficulties with day jobs to take care of. They like to choose plays, that, in their own words, “have spunk”, and this time, the play in question was Elling, Simon Bent’s adaptation of a cult Norwegian film, which in turn was based on a novel by Ingvar Ambjørnsen.

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Elling tells the story of two of society’s outsiders who, having been released from a mental institution, have to work out how to adjust to living independently. The title character is a prissy self-declared mummy’s boy, petrified of the world outside; a man fond of hiding in wardrobes when things get too much for him. He dresses oddly, hasa methodical way of speaking and moving, and carries a note book around at all times into which he jots down stories and observations.

His roommate at the institution, and the man he is to share a flat with, is almost his complete opposite. Kjell Bjarne, is a lanky, hairy chap, not fond of washing and preoccupied with sex and women. Yet despite their differences, despite Elling repeatedly referring to Bjarne as an orang-utan, the two men have a real and touching friendship, they depend on one another. The bond that forms between them is touchingly highlighted in the scene where they exchange Christmas presents.

Having been given a place in Oslo to live by the state, they are assigned to a social worker, and warned that if they can’t get on in the outside world they will be sent back to the institution. Perhaps predicatbly, life on the outside proves difficult, and though their initial impulse is to hide away in their flat, with the help of a heavily pregnant woman and an aging poet, they gradually start to reengage with the world.

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“Elling” by Dramanon at Ranga Shankara

Dramanon presents “Elling” at Ranga Shankara

on Aug 6th Fri (7:30 PM) & Aug 7th Sat (3:30 PM & 7:30 PM)

About the Play : Mommy’s boy Elling and his roommate, the uncouth Kjell Bjarne, are the Odd Couple of Oslo; a pair of confused souls taking their first steps in the outside world after years of isolated, institutional life. Given a flat in the city by the social services department, they must re-assimilate themselves into society or face a return to the asylum. So its simply a question of convincing their social worker that they are really normal – even if it does feel safer sleeping in the wardrobe. Based on the cult Norwegian novel by Ingvar Ambjørnsen and Oscar nominated film, Elling is a delightful heart-warming comedy.

More info on – www.dramanon.webs.com

For tickets call 9900088432 or log on to www.indianstage.in or www.bookmyshow.com

Tickets also available at Ranga Shankara. Rs.150/-

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Wildlife/Photography Expedition to Agumbe

Amoghavarsha, an experienced wildlife photographer, is conducting another monsoon wildlife/photography expedition.

The next monsoon expedition to Agumbe is scheduled for 28th and 29th of August. This will be the last expedition in the peak monsoons, after this the monsoons will subside and so will photography opportunities.

The last expedition was exciting and very fruitful with sightings of 2 wild King Cobras at close quarters and of course many more snakes, frogs and nocturnal animals.

Do take a look at

http://amoghavarsha.com/workshops/agumbe/

for more information, testimonials and photographs.

If any of you are interested, contact Amogh at +91 99010 44344.


Aroy…Far Eastern Cuisine at J P Nagar

For a long time, I’ve heard references by foodies to J P Nagar being “Cheapie Nagar” as there were only eateries, no “restaurants” in the area. Well, this seemed to suit most people fine, as they would drop in at a Darshini, or an IT-service eatery, to have a quick bite, and “dining out” meant dressing up and going to the centre of the town.

As traffic increased, so did the reluctance of the people of south Bangalore to brave logjams to go out for dinner…and perhaps Ankur Nagpal and his wife Shilpi saw this gap and decided to fill it.

“Aroy” (“delicious” in Thai) opened a few months ago, and when I returned after a long absence, my walk along the Mini-Forest made me realize that a bookstore and a restaurant had both opened within a stone’s throw (not that I throw stones, but….)

The decor and ambience of the restaurant was very impressive indeed. The open terrace is beautifully decorated, and looks out on the dense Eucalyptus foliage of the Mini-Forest. The decor is undertated, but very streamlined and contemporary.

So on Saturday, I decided to go to Aroy around 7pm and make a booking for later in the evening…and was told by the hostess, Jenny, that it was booked full! However, she did take my booking, and when we went there by about 8.30pm, we were told that we could not have a table on the terrace (which we wanted) so we sat inside.

Our drinks (Long Island Iced Tea, and Mojito) were outstanding, and there is no doubt that the barman knows his stuff. But contrary to what the menu card said (only 30ml of alchohol in every drink) the Long Island Iced Tea contained 75 ml. However, this wasn’t a minus, and we sipped contentedly.

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Two screenings by Vikalp

In the month of July, Vikap Bengaluru brings you two films:

1. July 16th
Mean Sea Level
by Pradip Saha

Time: 6.30 pm
Venue: Alliance Francaise, 108 Thimmaiah Road, Opp.UNI Building Vasanthnagar, Bangalore
Phone: 4080 8181 / 4123 1340

2. July 17th
THE SPEAKING HAND – Zakir Hussain and the art of the Indian drum
by Sumantra Ghosal

Time: 6 pm sharp
Venue: Centre for Film and Drama, 5th floor, Sona Towers, 71 Millers Road, Bangalore
Phone: 22356263

Both the screenings are free and open to all.

Filmmakers of both the documentaries will be present for their screenings.

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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

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“Miss Meena” to be Staged at Ranga Shankara

Perch, 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 play which inspired “Ms.Meena”

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

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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!

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Ah, the monsoons are almost here

www.pradeepsanyal.com

Dark Rain Clouds

www.pradeepsanyal.com

Monsoon’s here, well almost

Get ready for the showers (and hopefully, no water-logging all over the city)

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