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Monthly E-motions- Bengali September

Monthly E-motions- Bengali September

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With the vacations to a close, everyone is back to their school, office and other mundane occupations. All work no play makes jack a dull boy ! Outing prospects of this month look bright for fans of Satyajit Ray and of course, the Indian cultural scene continues with dance spectacles.


Guimet Indian summer 2010


While we are at culture, enjoy the days of Heritage of European Culture this September at various historical and cultural places in Paris. The theme for this year is 'the Great Men: when women and men build the history'.  


If one were to look at the contemporary Bengali Culture, Rabindranath Tagore and Satyajit Ray stand out as two great men ,amongst an illustrious gathering of Bengali culture torch bearers, be it in arts, dances, cinema, poetry, writing etc. These two masters took their knowledge and finesse beyond all known boundaries to find a global audience.


Celebrating this spirit, Guimet Musuem is holding a retrospective of Satyajit Ray's films in its 7th Edition of 'The Indian Summer' film festival. This year 21 films including some of which have not been seen before will be screened over a month and a half long fest co-ordinated by cinéphile Martine Armand. She will also discuss the subject of Satyajit Ray, influence of Rabindranath Tagore, certain of whose novels Ray adapted for his films, the world of childhood, his contemporary films, including some never-seen-before master-pieces in her conference 'The worlds of Satyajit Ray'.


Speaking of Rabindranath Tagore and his works, it is evident that he transcended the imposing geographical and cultural boundaries to become an emblematic figure of Indian wisdom and broad views across several continents. His genius led to the « Bengal Renaissance ». Fance Bhattacharya, honorary Professor, Program India and South Asia, Foundation House of the Human Sciences (Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme), who has translated several of the poet's works will discuss Tagore in her conference 'Tagore: Towards The Universal Man'.


Two exceptional recitals of Bharatnatyam this month- 'Pravahee' with the mother-daughter duo of Sucheta and Arundhati at Centre Mandapa and Vaibhav Akerkar at Guimet Museum. Akerkar has explored traditional, abstract and experimental dances and has presented his works on multiple international and national stages with his Sankhya Dance Creations.


Association France India Karnataka is organising India Superstar 2010- an Indian festival at Place Saint Sulpice of Paris An Indian village will be installed during four days with stands and stalls representing Indian gastronomy, handicrafts, ayurveda, yoga and participation of photographers, fashion designers, painters, travel agencies etc ....During the festival, there will be Indian dances, cooking workshops, music demonstrations, conferences in the evenings on the theme of India. Every evening, there will be conferences on Indian theme at the City hall of 6th district (mairie du 6ème arrondisement).

  Guimet Vaibhav Akerkar


Theatre de la Reine Blanche is back this time around with their Indian Dance Show- India Trip taking the audience to North India going from one region to the other with rhythms and colours- Bollywood dances to Punjabi Bhangra, Dances from the Southern 'Kollywood'- South Cinema to the folkloric Rajasthani gypsy songs and dances....


We remind our readers that September 18th & 19th are the European Days of Heritage (Journées Européennes du Patrimoine) that presents an opportunity for the visitors to discover public and historical edifices such as the Elysée Palace, the Senate, the ministeries, embassies, prefectures of police, council offices (mairies), theatres, and other historical or cultural spaces such as musuems, castles (chateaux) etc. that open their doors to visitors to let them discover the 'behind the scenes' and collections. 


On the occasion of European days of Heritage, the association Les Comptoirs des Indes is opening its doors for an exhibition on the heritage of the French colonial territories in India and a presentation of books and other published works on the subject including a story telling session for the young. Association Groupe de RĂ©flextion Franco-Indien will continue its 20th anniversary celebration with Lecture & Demonstration of the 20th and 21st century composers of Indian music.


Wishing you a happy dip in the transcendental Bengali culture, in particular, and the European culture, in general, in the month of September.


Yours etc.