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.

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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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Law of the Land!!

Place Domlur Kormangala inner ring road – Sunday late noon today, a traffic officer rides his bike without helmet and in wrong direction, looks like ‘charity is yet to begin at home’..

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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

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Say no to cars, bikes on April 7

The third Bus Day, one of BMTC’s successful campaigns urging people to commute by public transport, will be observed on April 7 (Wednesday) instead of the usual 4th of every month. The change is because April 4 is a Sunday and April 5 is BBMP poll counting day. This time, buses will be deployed in five corridors.
The last two Bus Days in February and March received a positive response with NGOs and MNCs supporting the cause. The campaign also encouraged the use of company buses and employees of tech majors like Wipro and Infosys bussed to their campuses in large numbers.

This time, the campaign will focus on five corridors; Bannerghatta Road, Hosur Road, Sarjapur Road, Old Airport Road to ITPB and Old Madras Road. BMTC met with several NGOs and associations on Thursday and representatives of tech companies chipped in with their inputs on scope and schedules for April 7.
[Link from TOI]


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

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Girls on the Run: Join us on March 28!

In association with Decathlon Sports, Kalenji Club, OnMobile and Forum Value Mall, Runner Girls India is proud to present the second edition of “Girls on the Run”.

Details

* Distance: 5k, 10K
* Registration time: 6 am
* Start time: 6.30 am
* Registration fee: Rs 100*
* Date: March 28, 2010
* Venue: Decathlon Sports, Sarjapura Road

* Registration process:
Call +91 505 101035 to register
(Only Visa Cards accepted and Call charges Rs. 6/- per minute)
OR
Walk-in registrations at Decathlon store March 15 onwards (10 am – 7 pm)

DIRECTIONS TO THE VENUE:
Get onto to Sarjapur Road (you will cross Springfields Apartments on your right) till you see the WIPRO office on the left.

After WIPRO, keep going straight towards the railway crossing on Sarjapur Road (away from TOTAL Mall), you will come to the Bellandur intersection and Bellandur bus stop.

Continue straight and cross the railway crossing. Then immediately you will see the store on your right.

Visit: Runner Girls India

Runner Girls India

Girls on the Run

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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

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Bengaluru Jana Vedike Manifesto

To see the manifesto created by many citizen volunteers,

click here

and keep this for ready reference.

It’s you and I who are concerned citizens of Bangalore, and together, we can make a difference!

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Cementing the mistakes..

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The garden city is losing trees like never before, the new drive for pavements in Indira nagar is yet again proving fatal for trees as unsupervised contrators use their wisdom to lay concrete at the tree roots limiting the growth… Is the BBMP watching?


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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Cycling Rally on March 7th 2010

Cycle Rally – 7th March 2010

The Event: ‘Go Green Bangalore’ – A Cycle Rally in Bangalore on Sunday, 7th March 2010, 6.30 am.

The Task: Cycling 21 kms : Kanteerva Stadium – Hebbal Flyover – Kanteerva Stadium.

The Cause:

· To commemorate International Women’s Day.

· To tell Bangalore that it is time to Go Green and Healthy.

· To urge the Government to create cycling and walking lanes around the city.

Participation: Anyone and everyone who believes in cleaner and greener Bangalore. Beg, borrow, buy a cycle and be at Kanteerva Stadium. Email us and we will send you the application form.

Conducted by: Women Adventure Network of India (WANI), this event is being held in Bangalore, Nagpur, Jamshedpur, Mount Abu, Baroda and Surat.

Contact:

· Vasumathi Srinivasan: vasumathis@dataone.in

· Smitha Srinivasan: smithasrinivasan@gmail.com

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Malnad Mela by Vanastree

he Malnad Mela is back in Bangalore for the third year running!

Come and join us in this celebration of produce and local art from the Western Ghats. Explore the importance of seed biodiversity and supporting conservation oriented livelihoods that seek to preserve and enhance age-old practices. Take home traditional seed varieties and enjoy fresh vegetables from your very own home garden.

Date: February 27-28, 2010 (Saturday & Sunday)
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Venue: 4, Ashley Road, Off Brunton Rd (behind Hotel Ajantha on M.G. Rd),
Bangalore: 560025

Some of the produce and products from the forest home gardens this year include

* indigenous seeds
* wild forest foods
* traditional snacks and preserves
* spices
* honey
* dairy and poultry products
* kokam butter balm
* mud paintings
* vegetable hair dyes
* hand-sewn patchwork pieces
* yoga mats
* soap-nut scrub
* natural incense
* areca leaf plates
* seed jewellery
* herbal oils
* seed murals
* natural insect repellents ……and more.

We will also have products from the Concerned for Working Children (CWC), Kundapur and Himjoli, Himalayas.


The Sun Behind the Clouds: Film premiere

Acclaimed filmmakers, Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam announce the Bangalore premiere of “The Sun Behind the Clouds: Tibet’s Struggle for Freedom” in an event jointed hosted by Friends of Tibet and Think Tibet.

Winner of the Silver Conch Award at the 11th Mumbai International Film Festival, “The Sun Behind the Clouds” will be screened at the Centre for Film and Drama, 5th floor, 71 Sona Towers, Millers Road, Bangalore on Monday, March 01, 2010 at 6pm. The documentary will be presented by Tenzin Tsundue, Tibetan poet-activist. Entry is free.

In The Sun Behind the Clouds, Sarin and Sonam take a uniquely Tibetan perspective on the trials and tribulations of the Dalai Lama and his people as they continue their struggle for freedom in the face of determined suppression by one of the world’s biggest and most powerful nations. The filmmakers had intimate access to the Dalai Lama and followed him over the course of an eventful year, which included the 2008 protests in Tibet, the international response to it, the Beijing Olympics, and the breakdown in talks between the Dalai Lama and the Chinese government. Set against this backdrop, the film explores the interplay between the personal and the historic, spirituality and politics, and the tension between the Dalai Lama’s efforts to find a peaceful resolution to the Tibet situation based on compromise and dialogue, and the impatience of a younger generation of Tibetans who are ready to take a more confrontational course.

The film had its North American premiere at the recently concluded Palm Springs International Film Festival in California where it became the focus of much media attention when the Chinese government tried to get the festival to remove the film, ostensibly for its anti-China stand. When the festival refused, two Chinese films were withdrawn in retaliation. The film had three sold-out screenings and a fourth was added when it was voted one of the Best of the Fest films.

“In a welcome departure from many previous films about the decades-long friction between Tibet and China, “The Sun Behind the Clouds: Tibet’s Struggle for Freedom” provides a two-sided view of the complex political and social dynamics within and outside Tibet. For the “struggle” in the film’s title is not merely against China but also between competing Tibetan views regarding the best strategy: co-existence or independence. The film is essential viewing for anyone who cares about the fate of the mountain region and the legacy of the Dalai Lama.” (Variety, a leading US film trade journal)

To know more, visit: www.thesunbehindtheclouds.com or contact: Tenzin Tsundue on email: tenzin.tundue@friendsoftibet.org


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