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Monthly E-motions- Classical May

Monthly E-motions- Classical May

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A pretty hectic month this seems to be with quite a few India dedicated cycles of shows, performances and exhibitions in the mainstream cultural scene of Paris.


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It is also to be mentioned that with the season of Pakistan in Paris, the overall culture of the sub-continent is under the spotlight.


As the 'Art of Gandhara' cycle is currently on at the Guimet museum, we are given an opportunity to learn more about the Greco-Buddhist art of Gandhara that resulted in the image of Indian Buddha around 1st-3rd century AC and the Kushan Empire. Learn more with conferences of the origins of the art of Gandhara and the the questions of Milinda. Expect further discussion on Indian art in views on faces in the art of India, Tibet and Japan and Vikas Harish's Sarguja- where the walls tell stories where he takes the participants on a virtual journey to folk art of Chattisgarh for some food for thought.


Those looking for some food for the soul can head to the Conference on Vipassana Meditation. Catherine Clémentin-Ojha will put Hinduism in Question over several weeks. For an ounce of serenity in this lovely Parisian spring, may we suggest taking the Zen route with the ceremony of Tea and the exhibition- The Way of Tao.


Among Indian classical dance performances will be Kuchipudi Recital by Shantala Shivalingappa and Kathak Dance by Nighat Chaudhry. We will also witness contemporary dance creations with Padmini Chettur choreographed 'Beautiful Thing 1', Akram Khan & Company's kathak dance creation 'Gnosis' and 'Tanjore' by Raghunath Manet. Popular Bollywood and film dance culture will be revisited in the Kerala Fest 2010, and two back-to-back evenings '19h √† l'heure indienne' at Th√©√Ętre de la Reine Blanche with the Dance & Musical Show by Indian Ocean Artists and the concert of Bollywood Maharadjahs. Rafi Peer's Theatre workshop will present a puppet show 'A Simple Story'.

  Conference Vipassana


On the musical front, Pandit Jasraj and ensemble, hindustani vocalist maestro, will be in Paris for his concert. Tenzin Gonpo will sing his native songs of Tibet of yesterday. Audrey Arun Premkumar- musician at the museum of Cité de la Musique will present a carnatic concert. Franco-Pakistani fusion music of western instruments with shepherds' songs from Baluchistan can be heard in the Fusion Concert- Koyi Baat Nahi. The Gypsy Ball promises an evening of world music with the participation of Audrey Arul PremKumar and Latif Khan, among others.


These are the last few days for revisiting Indian royalty's clothes at the Pierre Bergé- YSL- The Last Maharajas and the Shadows of Ramayana. Explore the Mughal miniature art with Indian Miniature Paintings. Exhibitions on the Indian tribal art Other Masters of India continues throughout the month. Photo Exhibition 'Across' of Indian & Pakistani Punjab takes the viewers on a journey through images of Indian and Pakistani Punjab whereas The Truck Art- Art on Wheels Tour will be an interesting exhibition for the flamboyant art of vehicles from the sub-continent. There will also be an exhibition by the artist Dilip Das and Pondicherry and the Indochina.


Festival de l'Inde

Glamour quotient will be several notches up with the Election of Miss India France and Mister India France 2010. Festival of India in Vigneux sur Seine promises to bring together animations, Indian dances and music, exhibotions, books and associations together in an afternoon Indian style. Those seeking to hone their culinary skills can enrol for the Indian cuisine workshop with Anil Abhimanyu Sharma. Association Bolly Deewani proposes a weekend in the British capital discovering its Indian quarters with an Indian Weekend in London with Bolly Deewani.


Savour Pakistani cinema with thematic matinée at Pagode- Pakistan at Cinema Pagode and the Cycle of Cinema: Pakistan at Mac Mahon. There are also screenings of film/ documentaries -'Made in Pakistan', 'Pakistan Zindabad' and 'Khamosh Pani. From Indian cinema, Satish Manwar's 'The Damned Rain that got the Grand prix of International Jury and Special favourite of Langue O' jury at FICA, Vesoul, will be screened at INALCO*.


Here's hoping that you all will get the best of the spring and the sunshine !

Yours etc.



* Read Superman of Malegaon in Paris for further details.