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Spring Festival of Dance and Music An Evening of Dance
April 7,2017 at 06:00 pm

At 6:00 pm Kathak Group Recital By Manjiri Kiran from Jaipur, disciple of Smt Rohini Bhate, Smt Sanjeevini Kulkarni and Shri Haider

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When the Gods begin to dance in Angkor
April 20,2017 at 06:30 pm

Indian Archaeology   Architecture for the Dancing God: Hall with Dancers in the Jayavarman VII Temples. Speaker: Dr. Swati Chemburk

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  • Date: April 20,2017

    Time: 06:30 pm

    Venue: Conference Room 1

    Title: When the Gods begin to dance in Angkor

    Description:

    Indian Archaeology

     

    Architecture for the Dancing God: Hall with Dancers in the Jayavarman VII Temples.

    Speaker: Dr. Swati Chemburkar

     

    Chair: Shri B.M. Pande

     

    The spiritual power of dance in Cambodia has been valued since pre-Angkorian times, and plentiful images of dance and music in the bas-reliefs of the great monuments of Angkor suggest that this tradition was markedly enhanced in the reign of Jayavarman VII, as a contemporary Chinese report attests. Focusing on the ‘halls with dancers’, a distinct architectural feature of Jayavarman VII’s temples, the article explores the link between the architecture, associated inscriptions, dance and music rituals evolving in Angkor and contemporary Chola temples that housed several mandapas. The lecture argues that the architecture of the halls with dancers worked in tandem with ritual practices to provide a symbolic and possibly actual space for encountering divine

  • Date: March 1,2017

    Time: 06:00pm

    Venue: C. D. Deshmukh Auditorium

    Title: The Media Foundations 2016 17 Chameli Devi Jain Award

    Description:

    Presentation of The Media Foundation’s 2016-2017 Chameli Devi Jain Award

    For An Outstanding Woman Journalist 2016-17

     

    Followed by

    B.G. Verghese Memorial Lecture 2017

    Truth and Politics in Our Times

    To be delivered by Pratap Bhanu Mehta, President, Centre for Policy Research

     

    Followed by a panel discussion:

    Panelists: Yogendra Yadav, National President, Swaraj Abhiyan; and Ashok Malik, columnist and Distinguished Fellow, Observer Research Foundation

     

    Moderator: Arati R. Jerath, political commentator

     

    (Collaboration: The Media Foundation)

  • Date: January 14,2017

    Time: 06:30PM

    Venue: C. D. Deshmukh Auditorium

    Title: Dr. C. D. Deshmukh Memorial Lecture 2017

    Description:

    Through a Different Lens: Should India adopt a more civilisation view of the World

    Speaker: Dr. Shiv Visvanathansocial scientist , currently Professor at O P Jindal Global University

     Chair: President, IIC

    The talk is an attempt to ask a question for contemporary times. The idea of civilisation has been used more to grasp the sacred, the sense of heritage and the idea of tradition. Words like Nationalism, Development and Globalism seem more appropriate for contemporary narratives on statecraft or policy. We dramatize ourselves within the frame-work of the nation-state with its accompanying ideas of citizenship, boundary, security and contract. This lecture suggests that may be a civilisation view of India is more relevant than a nationalist perspective. It considers a few thought experiments like the idea of South Asia, Climate Change and the notion of Sustainability to develop its argument

  • Date: September 23,2016

    Time: 06:30pm

    Venue: Lecture Hall 2 Annexe

    Title: Music Appreciation Promotion..

    Description:

    Sufi Raah: The Classical Tradition of Tappa

    Famous for her renditions of the classical tradition of tappas, Shanno Khurana explains why this most arduous of Hindustani musical forms attracted her, what is the nature of their variety of rendition and she analyses their poetic lyrics to reveal the unique cultural synthesis that lies behind them. Their words express Sufi ideas, and their language is the Multani dialect of Punjabi in which much of our classical music is composed. The form really became popular in eighteenth century Lucknow and Banaras where it was given the most rigorous classical grammar even as the importance of the poetry diminished there. By the end of the twentieth century however, there were few practitioners left of the form 

    Dr. Shanno Khurana, musician and musicologist, padmabhushan and Fellow of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, has commanded the Indian performing stage for seventy years ever since her first broadcast from Lahore Radio station in 1945. She is known not just for her deep knowledge of Indian classical raagdaari but also her formidable repertoire garnered from the stalwarts to the Gwalior, Agra and Rampur gharanas. 

    This evening she will be in conversation with her grandson, Prof Naman Ahuja and revisit her album with the same title: Sufi Raah, the Classical Tradition of Tappa, and compare it with renditions by her mentors

  • Date: August 29,2016

    Time: 06:30pm

    Venue: Seminar Halls I,II & III

    Title: The Idea of Asia

    Description:

    Speaker: Prof Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs at Harvard University

    Part of the annual lecture series, Contributions to Contemporary Knowledge Lecture 2016, organised by The South Asian University

    (Collaboration: The South Asian University and Society and Culture in South Asia, The Journal of Department of Sociology, SAU co-published with Sage – India)