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Monthly E-motions- Ethnic April

Monthly E-motions- Ethnic April

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This month, we trace back our Indian roots with the indigenous people of India- the 'Adivasis' as the exhibition 'Other Masters of India' opens up. Several activities are proposed around the theme of discovering India through its folk and tribal art.


Poster of Exhibition Other MAsters of India, Paris March 31st-July 18th, 2010
Poster of exhibition 'Other Masters of India'
© musée du quai Branly


Various internationally renowned Indian artists, including Jivya Soma Mashe, Sundari Bai and Mohanlal will be present at the exhibition to interact with the public. More on the subject of Emerging Indian contemporary art and challenges in the second part of this conference.


Indian film 'Superman of Malegaon' won the special mention by the Guimet jury at the 16th International Film Festival of Vesoul. It will be screened for the Parisian public at Musée Guimet. Two interesting TV documentaries bring us back in front of the idiot box despite having an interesting cultural agenda outdoors- Ravi Shankar- the extraordinary lesson and Hockey on the grass: India and Pakistan.

Shantala Shivalingappa

Shantala Shivalingappa © C.P.Satyajit

Speaking of which, Pakistan is under the spotlight this season as Museum Guimet brings to focus the arts of Gandhara in their cycle 'Pakistan: the meeting ground'. Discover this land in the conference Pakistan before the history. Keeping the nationalistic and political differences aside, the culture of Pakistan is not a stand alone culture as it is a part of the Indian sub-continent.


India and Pakistan share a common thread of history and heritage from the times of the Indus valley civilisation of Mohenjodaro and Harappa. Learn more about the role of the river Indus in the development of our civilisation and communication through Indus- the master of rivers. Najmuddin, Saifuddin & Brothers, exceptional singers of qawwali- the sufi spiritual singing- from a well respected qawwal lineage in Karachi will be in Paris for a concert.


On the Indian classical music and dance scene, Paris sky will scintillate this month as few masters of their art descend here for their respective concerts. A vocal exponent of Hindustani music par excellence- Subhra Guha of Agra gharana is in concert this month. Two other virtuosos- Nayan Ghosh (sitar) and Prabhu Edouard (tabla) will give a joint concert at the Museum Guimet. Kuchipudi dancer and choreographer Shantala Shivalingappa will present her recital at the Théâtre des Abbesses. On western classical note, Angelin Preljocaj's ballet on Buddha's life 'Siddhartha' is currently on at the Opera Bastille.


In the popular street arts of puppet theatre, this month Paris will be witness to the traditional theatre of Kerala- Pâvakathakali- in shows destined to approach the youngsters-Kalyani Saugandhikam- and for all public including Duryodhana Vadha from Mahabharata. In the Breton city of Vitré, the ongoing exhibition the Shadows of Ramayana showcases the figurines of Ramayana from India and Indonesia (Wayang Kulit shadow puppet theatre).

Pavaka- Traditional Marionettes of Kerala

© Jean-Luc Larguier


Exhibition 'The Last Maharajas' continues at the Foundation Pierre-Bergé Yves Saint Laurent. The Way of Tao takes us to a better understanding of the philosophy and the universe of Tao, presented for the first time to a European audience.


Ending the cultural agenda on a spicy note, Indian cuisine style are two workshops by Anil Abhimanyu Sharma - DĂ©lices of Maharaja and Bollywood Brunch.


With all the right ingredients for a deeper assimilation of self-identity, we wish you an ethnic, cultural and spicy April !


Yours etc;