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Monthly E-motions- Intellectual February

Monthly E-motions- Intellectual February

Clearly a month rich with documentary films on India giving all genres of Indophiles a food for thought- from economic to spiritual, intellectual to touristic, by witnesses and people from within and without.


Sable by Velu V. at Guimet Museum

Credit: Velu Vishwanadhan Photo Courtesy: Guimet Museum 2011

This intellectual stimulation is interspersed with welcome breaks of concerts of Indian classical music and the popular Bollywood style live show. Here's to a 'bountiful' food for thought !


Taking the viewers on a spiritual journey is the Artist Velu Viswanadhan who takes to the camera across India searching for the meaning and significance of the five elements of existence in Hindu philosophy: Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Ether. First in this series of documentary films is 'Sable' or Sand soon to be followed by the second part 'Ganga'.

The Indian Dream : The Power at All Costs by Mathilde Damoisel poses a question on the new « Indian dream » that of an India that has become a super power with ultra rapid economic development...or that of an India with a shared, equitable and durable development ?


Among a plethora of India rich content available from Indian and other authors, a look at various sociological, political, cultural and economic issues in India from various viewpoints. The documentary India a continent that writes by Michael Smith presents interviews with 20 Indian authors that were invited in France in the context of the 'Belles Étrangères' conference organised at the Sorbonne by the National Center of the Book for the Ministry of Culture from November 18th- 30th, 2002.  This will be followed by Patrick Cazaks' 'Kali, of books and women' presenting the Indian women behind the feminist publishing house Kali.

Les Belles Etrangères

Credit:Michael Smith Photo Courtesy: Guimet Museum 2011


Author-screen writer Vijay Singh takes us on a journey to India by Song giving a peek into India of witnesses- historical and contemporary, known and unknown, intellectual and commonplace, never boring nonetheless with its myriad facets of India presented through people and places. The Indiscreet : Cities and Lives is a collection of short films, animation films and documentaries submitted by budding Indian filmmakers as part of Bonjour India Festival 2009-2010 held by the French Embassy in India.


Conference Joan of Arc and Rani Lakshmibai by Patrice Ghirardi compares two iconic and exceptional women, one French and the other Indian drawing on their heroism, common points, differences and the circumstances leading to their death in young age. Jean-Marie Gueullette et André Padoux will present a conference on Hindu and Christian asceticism at quai Branly Museum.


Maharadja Maharani Live Dance Show

On musical front, continuing the traditional musical legacy of North India, a concert and initiation course by Manoj Dubey, sitarist and vocalist, at Centre Mandapa. Indian classical sitarist Hindol Deb is joined by Greek harpist Clio Karabelias as part of the duo Srishti in Paris for their concert accompanied on tabla by Prabhu Edouard. The ensemble have been creating their unique blend of fusion of Indian classical tones with Greek and Turkish influences. Great Voices of North India with Ajoy Chakraborty, Rashid Khan and Ulhas Kashalkar at Salle Pleyel.


Maharadja Maharani will present the contemporary and popular music and dances India with Bollywood-Kollywood live show. More than 25 artists come together to perform choreographies set to the chartbusters from Bombay to Chennai.


Amidst all these events, let us not forget that February is the month of Saint Valentine, a mystical figure, popularly associated with the celebration of love. Probably, more than a sentimental amorous love, the Saint would have stood for universal values of love for all beings. No matter what the connotation is, let all of us renew sentiments towards our loved ones, whether a group of persons or an all encompassing love for all living beings. May all of us find love and learn to treasure it.