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Pavakathakali- Puppet theatre from Kerala

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Glove puppet theatre, as a way of recounting stories, exists almost everywhere in the world since a long time. In India too, various forms of puppet theatres exist- gloves, shadow and string puppets telling the folklores and local legends- from Rajasthan's Kathputli to Kerala's Pavakathakali.

 

Pavakathakali- Traditional marionettes from Kerala
courtesy: Jean-Luc Larguier

 

'Pava' literally stands for puppets, 'katha' for story and 'kali' for play. Thus Pavakathakali becomes the puppet play of a story.

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With a culinary end to May, the month of June is the time to get a balanced inner and outer well-being in perspective.

In the second half of June, Péniche Cinéma invites you to a voyage to little India with its 3-day long festival Extravagant India. Short films and documentaries from India will be screened. There would also be animations, Indian snacks, dances etc. building a festival like ambience.

 

eXTRAVAGANT iNDIA

 

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The Art of Adivasi India

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With a population that is as strong as 60 million, it was only a matter of time before the artists from the so called tribal India came to the mainstream art world. There have been exhibitions showcasing their works from crafts to terracotta, paintings to sculptures, weaved clothes to masks, the forms of expression and ritual objects that have outgrown their utility.

 

Bronze Statue of Elephant in 6 Elements from Bastar, India
photo Michel Urtado, Thiery Ollivier

 

The last major exhibitions that treated indigenous and folk art of India in its theme were 'Magiciens de la terre' in 1989 at Centre Pompidou in Paris and 'Other Masters' in 1998 in Delhi. The ongoing Exhibition 'Other Masters of India' at quai Branly Museum brings to forefront the art of adivasi and folk India.

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Wiith a few more events to go before June, we are promised a culinary end to May- the month that is always looked at with fondness for the number of public holidays it brings!

Giving a befitting end to May are the Indian Cuisine workshop with dinner from India Calling- Dinner with Friends, Pandit Arvind Parkih in Sitar Concert , Festival of India Soirée & Morning ragas concert of Ustad Sayeeduddin Dagar

 

Festival of India Soirée

 

The gastronomic voyage continues in June with yet another Cuisine workshop from India Calling- Intoxicating tastes of India.

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Exhibition 'The Last Maharajas' is bringing together 60 models of Royal costumes from the 'Deepak et Daksha Hutheesing Collection' to showcase darbar* costumes from 1911-1947.

 

YSL-Abha

 Abha. Silk with incrusted gold/ Abha. Soie, incrustations d’or

 

The exhibition is a collaborative effort of the Pierre Bergé- Yves Saint Laurent Foundation and The Hutheesing Heritage Foundation with Jérôme Neutres and Umang Hutheesing as the commissioners. 

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We wish all our readers a very happy and prosperous Chinese New Year of Ox. May this year bring steady progress and wisdom in all domains !

 

Chinese New Year of Ox

 

Some famous people born under this sign: August Renoir, Jawahar Lal Nehru, Napoleon Bonaparte, Vincent Van Gogh, Johanna Sebastian Bach, Picasso, Bruce Springsteen, Princess Diana, Hitler, Chaplin and Barack Obama.

Celebrations of Chinese New Year in Paris

 



 

 

When YSL meets the Maharajas

The ongoing exhibition 'The Last Maharajas' at the Yves Saint Laurent- Pierre Bergé Foundation puts the focus on the costumes worn by the Maharajas during the last few decades of the British Raj and on Indian traditional clothing on a wider front.

 

YSL- Pierre Bergé- The Last Maharajas


India has a rich repertory of textile and traditions that dates back to thousands of years. Because of lack of much documentation on clothing from the Indus valley civilisation, the seeker has to rely on sculptures and scriptures from ancient times, travelogues of foreigners, some surviving models from various eras and works of some dedicated researchers etc.

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