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Launch of Witness: Kashmir 1986-2016: 9 Photographers

Thu, 23 Feb 7:00PM
GALLERYSKE , central bangalore
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We are delighted to invite you to the book release of Witness: Kashmir 1986-2016: 9 Photographers. The curator of this illuminating volume, documentary filmmaker Sanjay Kak, the designer Sukanya Baskar and 2 of the photographers, Altaf Qadri, Showkat Nanda from the group of 9 photographers who are part of this project, will be in conversation with art critic Sadanand Menon.

The book brings together more than 200 photographs by a selected group of practitioners. The oldest amongst them was already a working professional in 1986, and the youngest not yet twenty in 2016: Meraj Ud din, Javeed Shah, Dar Yasin, Javed Dar, Altaf Qadri, Sumit Dayal, Showkat Nanda, Syed Shahriyar and Azaan Shah.

Photography in Kashmir has emerged as a powerful witness to its troubled present. Over the past thirty years a remarkable generation of photographers, rooted in the everyday of photojournalism and stretching away from those limits when they can, have steadily illuminated a little understood period of contemporary life in Kashmir. This often stunning body of work has challenged the established images of Kashmir—as a beautiful landscape sans people; as an innocent paradise; and more recently, as a paradise beset by mindless violence.

The accompanying text by Sanjay Kak draws from conversations with the photographers to bring out the complex relationship that each one of them has with photography and the varied ways in which they balance it with their commitment to their own lives, and to Kashmir. At once both insightful and unsettling in their beauty, the photographs in this book raise profound questions about the place of artistic practice in zones of conflict.

Please note that while entry to the event is free we do request you to RSVP for the event by writing to joyce@indiaifa.org

This project was part supported by the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development, under their Culture in Defiance programme; and India Foundation for the Arts, under the Arts Research programme.

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Umashankar will be joined by Padma Bhushan awardee, thespian, filmmaker and writer Girish Karnad for an animated discussion post the lecture.

Umashankar will not only talk about his project in archaeoacoustics, an area of research dealing with the sound properties of ancient theatre/performance spaces, but will also demonstrate the working of his acoustic system at this exciting event!

For his project in archaeoacoustics, Umashankar aurally mapped two ancient performance sites - Nagarjunakonda in Andhra Pradesh and Vadakkamnathan Temple, Kerala. The project attempts to challenge the dominant visual understanding of history of these sites, to recognise the significance of sonic properties in the building and conservation of these spaces. His study also examines the effects of industrialisation on our current listening practices in theatre spaces. He will engage with these ideas, and talk about his inventions and experiences of the project.

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Do join us for tea and snacks before the event at 6:00 PM!

Umashankar Matravadi received a grant from India Foundation for the Arts under the Arts Practice programme, with support from Titan Company Limited.

This grant showcase was made possible with support from Titan Company Limited.

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Join us for an exciting lecture-demonstration that excavates into the world of yore, as you hear about the sonic properties of historical sites of performance, with a stalwart from the field of sound, @[702923445:2048:Umashankar Manthravadi], on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at the Bangalore International Centre.

Umashankar will be joined by Padma Bhushan awardee, thespian, filmmaker and writer Girish Karnad for an animated discussion post the lecture.

Umashankar will not only talk about his project in archaeoacoustics, an area of research dealing with the sound properties of ancient theatre/performance spaces, but will also demonstrate the working of his acoustic system at this exciting event!

For his project in archaeoacoustics, Umashankar aurally mapped two ancient performance sites - Nagarjunakonda in Andhra Pradesh and Vadakkamnathan Temple, Kerala. The project attempts to challenge the dominant visual understanding of history of these sites, to recognise the significance of sonic properties in the building and conservation of these spaces. His study also examines the effects of industrialisation on our current listening practices in theatre spaces. He will engage with these ideas, and talk about his inventions and experiences of the project.

Umashankar Mantravadi is senior Indian sound technician and inventor, considered a maestro for his work with sound recording and archiving. An enthusiast in electronics, he has been credited with many inventions in sound technology. Some of his inventions are now in popular use in the industry, but he was a pioneer in creating them on shoestring budgets. He was also instrumental in setting up and maintaining the Archives and Research Centre for Ethnomusicology (part of the American Institute of Indian Studies), Gurgaon. His latest invention is the ambisonic tetrahedral microphone system called Brahma.

Girish Karnad is an Indian playwright, author, actor, and film director whose films and plays, are written largely in Kannada. His plays often employ history and mythology to engage with contemporary issues, and have been widely translated into English and many Indian languages. Some of his famous works as a playwright include Tughlaq, Hayavadana and Nagamandala. Among his numerous accolades he is a Rhodes Scholar and a recipient of Jnanpith, Sahitya Akademi and Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards, and multiple National Film Awards.

Do join us for tea and snacks before the event at 6:00 PM!

Umashankar Matravadi received a grant from India Foundation for the Arts under the Arts Practice programme, with support from Titan Company Limited.

This grant showcase was made possible with support from Titan Company Limited.

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Join us this evening for a public talk, 'Dissent and Solidarity: From Palestine to India', organised by Palestine Solidarity Committee, India, and Indian Writers' Forum at our IFA Office at 7:00 pm!

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Tue, 10 Oct
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"I will remain in a sunrise/ Like a sun

Radiating warmth-resisting/ I will not leave

The shadows of my country" -

Dareen Tatour, I Will Not Leave My Country; Trans. Ghada Mourad

From Palestine to India, the spaces for dissent and resistance are being swiftly stifled. We are still struggling to come to terms with the murder of Gauri Lankesh, a journalist and activist who spoke truth to power and was therefore attacked. Palestinian activists, writers, journalists are similarly being imprisoned, attacked - their voices brutally crushed - by the Israeli occupation. Dareen Tatour, a poet, was imprisoned and has now been under house arrest for over a year and a half for a poem she posted on Facebook. Her trial verdict comes up next week.

It is urgent to open-up a dialogue between progressive Indian and Palestinian voices, to build lasting and enriching solidarities between Palestine and India. It is perhaps the only way to fight this gloom.

Thursday | October 12, 2017 | 7:00 PM

The IFA office, 'Apurva', Ground Floor, No 259, 4th Cross,

RMV 2nd Stage, 2nd Block, Bangalore - 560094

Ph: 91-80-23414681/2/3

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Maren Mantovani is an International Outreach Coordinator of the Palestinian Stop the Wall Campaign and International Secretariat member of the Palestinian National Committee for BDS talking about Palestine.

Shiv Sundar is a freelance journalist and longtime associate of Gauri Lankesh in activism and journalism.

Do join us for refreshments before the start of the #MaathuKathe/Conversations.

We look forward to seeing you. Do bring your friends and family! #IFA
Join us for a public talk, 'Dissent and Solidarity: From Palestine to India', organised by Palestine Solidarity Committee, India, and Indian Writers' Forum at the IFA Office on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 7:00 PM!

Maren Mantovani and Shiv Sundar, the two speakers at the event will share experiences and modalities of resistance, looking at connections between India and Palestine.

"I will remain in a sunrise/ Like a sun

Radiating warmth-resisting/ I will not leave

The shadows of my country" -

Dareen Tatour, I Will Not Leave My Country; Trans. Ghada Mourad

From Palestine to India, the spaces for dissent and resistance are being swiftly stifled. We are still struggling to come to terms with the murder of Gauri Lankesh, a journalist and activist who spoke truth to power and was therefore attacked. Palestinian activists, writers, journalists are similarly being imprisoned, attacked - their voices brutally crushed - by the Israeli occupation. Dareen Tatour, a poet, was imprisoned and has now been under house arrest for over a year and a half for a poem she posted on Facebook. Her trial verdict comes up next week.

It is urgent to open-up a dialogue between progressive Indian and Palestinian voices, to build lasting and enriching solidarities between Palestine and India. It is perhaps the only way to fight this gloom.

Thursday | October 12, 2017 | 7:00 PM

The IFA office, 'Apurva', Ground Floor, No 259, 4th Cross,

RMV 2nd Stage, 2nd Block, Bangalore - 560094

Ph: 91-80-23414681/2/3

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Maren Mantovani is an International Outreach Coordinator of the Palestinian Stop the Wall Campaign and International Secretariat member of the Palestinian National Committee for BDS talking about Palestine.

Shiv Sundar is a freelance journalist and longtime associate of Gauri Lankesh in activism and journalism.

Do join us for refreshments before the start of the #MaathuKathe/Conversations.

We look forward to seeing you. Do bring your friends and family! #IFA
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Fri, 22 Sep
India Foundation for the Arts
We are collaborating with the Centre for Community Knowledge, Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD) and are inviting applications for Two Archival Fellowships.

The application deadline has been extended to September 29, 2017.

Please do visit our website for further details: http://www.indiaifa.org/programmes-whats-new/call-application-archival-fellowship-centre-community-knowledge-ambedkar

This initiative is supported by TATA TRUSTS.

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India Foundation for the Arts
Thu, 21 Sep
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Aparna S Deshpande Arts Education: 2016-2017

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This grant was made possible with support from Citi India.

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India Foundation for the Arts
Thu, 21 Sep
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We are delighted to invite you to the event 'Museums are closed at nights' at 3:30 pm on September 22, 2017 at the Assam State Museum, Guwahati by our museum fellows Sonal Jain and Mriganka Madukaillya of Desire Machine Collective.

The event will begin with a presentation by Sonal Jain and Mriganka Madukaillya followed by a performance of Ka Noh ka Likai and an improvised reading by Rhys Thrimble.

Performers:

Lapdiang A. Syiem, graduate of the National School of Drama, New Delhi and the Commedia School, Copenhagen, Denmark

Apkyrmen Skhem Tangsong, a self- taught musician who is currently a student of music at St. Anthonys College, Shillong

Musical instruments: Maryngod, Ksing and Bisli

There will be an improvised reading bordering on performance art and a ritualistic element by Rhys Trimble who is a bilingual poet, text-artist, performer, drummer, editor, critic, collaborator, shaman, staff-wielder and shoutyman based in Wales.

This project received support from India Foundation for the Arts under the Archival and Museum Fellowships initiative, with support from Tata Trusts.

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India Foundation for the Arts
Wed, 20 Sep
India Foundation for the Arts
Join us for our upcoming MaathuKathe/Conversations on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 with a screening of Before The Third Bell, by Basav Biradar - a film on contemporary theatre making in India.

The film seeks to provide a peek into the world of theatre by documenting the creative processes of Muktidham - a play written and directed by Abhishek Majumdar.

Before The Third Bell

63 mins | English & Hindi (with subtitles)

Basav Biradar, director of the film will be present for an interaction after the screening

Wednesday | September 27, 2017 | 7:00 pm

The IFA office, 'Apurva', Ground Floor, No 259, 4th Cross,

RMV 2nd Stage, 2nd Block, Bangalore - 560094

Ph: 91-80-23414681/2/3

ABOUT BEFORE THE THIRD BELL

In the current 'digitally connected' world, what does professional theatre mean? In today's social, economic and political context, what does it take to create a collective voice in theatre? How does a theatre company approach collaborations and how do artists with different ideas and sensibilities come together to create a piece of theatre? These are some of the questions the film explores while following the creative journey of Muktidham over a period of four months.

ABOUT BASAV BIRADAR

Basav Biradar is a theatre artist, freelance writer and a documentary filmmaker living in Bangalore. His first play as a playwright, The Return of the Sultan, was long listed for the Hindu Metroplus Playwright award 2013. He has also directed a play in Kannada called, Basava Express. He writes regularly for local newspapers on heritage. His interests include modern history, film, theatre and archival research.

Do join us for refreshments before the start of the MaathuKathe/Conversations.

Please note that entry to the event is free and seating is on the basis of first-come, first-served.

We look forward to seeing you. Do bring your friends and family!

#IFA #MaathuKathe
Join us for our upcoming MaathuKathe/Conversations on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 with a screening of Before The Third Bell, by Basav Biradar - a film on contemporary theatre making in India.

The film seeks to provide a peek into the world of theatre by documenting the creative processes of Muktidham - a play written and directed by Abhishek Majumdar.

Before The Third Bell

63 mins | English & Hindi (with subtitles)

Basav Biradar, director of the film will be present for an interaction after the screening

Wednesday | September 27, 2017 | 7:00 pm

The IFA office, 'Apurva', Ground Floor, No 259, 4th Cross,

RMV 2nd Stage, 2nd Block, Bangalore - 560094

Ph: 91-80-23414681/2/3

ABOUT BEFORE THE THIRD BELL

In the current 'digitally connected' world, what does professional theatre mean? In today's social, economic and political context, what does it take to create a collective voice in theatre? How does a theatre company approach collaborations and how do artists with different ideas and sensibilities come together to create a piece of theatre? These are some of the questions the film explores while following the creative journey of Muktidham over a period of four months.

ABOUT BASAV BIRADAR

Basav Biradar is a theatre artist, freelance writer and a documentary filmmaker living in Bangalore. His first play as a playwright, The Return of the Sultan, was long listed for the Hindu Metroplus Playwright award 2013. He has also directed a play in Kannada called, Basava Express. He writes regularly for local newspapers on heritage. His interests include modern history, film, theatre and archival research.

Do join us for refreshments before the start of the MaathuKathe/Conversations.

Please note that entry to the event is free and seating is on the basis of first-come, first-served.

We look forward to seeing you. Do bring your friends and family!

#IFA #MaathuKathe
India Foundation for the Arts
Fri, 15 Sep
India Foundation for the Arts
We in collaboration with Tamaasha Theatre are delighted to present Searching Cultures - Performing The Archive, A multi-media presentation by Rongili Biswas

on September 23, 2017 at 6:30 pm at Studio Tamaasha (Address: Bungalow 76, Aram Nagar 2, Versova, Andheri(W), Mumbai)

Please note that while entry to the event is free, we do request you to RSVP for the event by writing to tamaashatheatre@gmail.com.

For further details please click on this link:http://www.indiaifa.org/events/ifamumbai-searching-cultures-performing-archive-studio-tamaasha-september-23-2017.html

Rongili Biswas received a fellowship from India Foundation for the Arts, under the Archival and Museum Fellowships initiative, with support from Tata Trusts.

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India Foundation for the Arts in collaboration withTamaasha Theatre presentsSearching Cultures - Performing The ArchiveA multi-media presentation by Rongili BiswasSaturday, September 23, 2017 | 06:30 PM | Studio TamaashaBungalow 76, Aram Nagar 2, Versova, Andheri(W), Mumbai
India Foundation for the Arts
Thu, 14 Sep
India Foundation for the Arts
Deepika Arwind Arts Practice: 2015-2016

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India Foundation for the Arts
Tue, 12 Sep
India Foundation for the Arts
Presentations on animation and the graphic novel.

These projects received grants from India Foundation for the Arts, under the Arts Practice programme, with support from Technicolor India.

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India Foundation for the Arts
Tue, 12 Sep
India Foundation for the Arts
We are seeking an Assistant Programme Executive

for our Arts Education Programme. The application deadline is September 23, 2017.

Please do click on this link for further details about the application procedure: http://www.indiaifa.org/whats-new/apply-ifa-seeks-assistant-programme-executive-arts-education-programme.html

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India Foundation for the Arts
Fri, 08 Sep
India Foundation for the Arts
We are delighted to invite you to The Popular Culture of Urdu Language at the Centre for Indian Languages, Jawaharlal Nehru University between September 8, 2017 - September 10, 2017.

To find out more about the conference please log in to our website:http://www.indiaifa.org/events/ifadelhi-conference-popular-culture-urdu-language-september-08-10-2017.html

The conference is supported by India Foundation for the Arts, under the Arts Research Programme.

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India Foundation for the Arts
Thu, 07 Sep
India Foundation for the Arts
Afrah Shafiq Archival and Museum Fellowship: 2014-2015

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This fellowship was made possible with support from Voltas Limited.

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India Foundation for the Arts
Thu, 07 Sep
India Foundation for the Arts
We are looking for an Assistant Programme Executive

for our Arts Education Programme. The deadline for applications is September 23, 2017.

Please send your complete application to contactus@indiaifa.org.

Please do click on the link below for further details about the position: http://www.indiaifa.org/whats-new/apply-ifa-seeks-assistant-programme-executive-arts-education-programme.html

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India Foundation for the Arts
Wed, 06 Sep
India Foundation for the Arts
Friends in Hyderabad, don't miss this opportunity to catch the screening of 'A Tongue Tied' at Lamakaan - An Open Cultural Space, Hyderabad on Thursday, September 07, 2017!
India Foundation for the Arts
Fri, 01 Sep
India Foundation for the Arts
Join us for the opening of the exhibition A Tale of Two Icons and the Assam IPTA Movement: Hemango Biswas and Bhupen Hazarika curated by Rongili Biswas, on Saturday, September 2, 2017, at Jadunath Bhavan, Kolkata.

For further details please visit our website:http://www.indiaifa.org/events/ifakolkata-exhibition-opening-tale-two-icons-and-assam-ipta-movement-hemango-biswas-bhupen

Rongili Biswas received a fellowship from India Foundation for the Arts, under the Archival and Museum Fellowship initiative, with support from Tata Trusts #IFA #IFAGrant
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