Anurag Jain's Blog
Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Smrithi Pravha, IFIM Bangalore

Euphoria is peforming on Dec 4th during IFIM's fest.


SPJIMR Marketing Impact Awards (SMIA) 2006 



Sunday, November 27, 2005

Tickets Starting 1 Rupee!

Air Deccan opened bookings this morning for its Airbus sectors for Feb'06-Mar'06. This means 50,000 seats between 1 Re and 999 Rs! Ain't that amazing, folks? The ad appears in today's Times of India, and Indiatimes too is carrying the banner since yesterday night.

What's more is that Its a fabulous schedule which will keep operations issues in check. With this Feb-March schedule, the total number of daily Airbus flights has become 64. Delhi-Mumbai-Delhi will have 5 daily flights now (as against the current frequency of 2). Hyderabad-Delhi-Hydeabad and Mumbai-Kolkata-Mumbai each get another flight in additional to the existing ones, thus making these sectors twice a day. Kolkata-Raipur, Chennai-Trivandrum, Chennai-Kochi, Chennai-Pune, Hyderabad-Ahmedabad are the new sectors. Bombay-Nagpur-Bombay has been 'upgraded' from ATR to Airbus.


Saturday, November 26, 2005

Flights of Fantasy concert

"Ganjam Nagappa and sons are hosting a series of music concerts from 25th to 28th Nov 2005.

The schedule of the concert is:
25th - Hindustani Vocal by Ashwini Bhinde Deshpande.
26th - Hindustani Vocal by Ajoy Chkraborthy
27th - Carnatic Vocal by Hyderabad brothers
28th - Carnatic vocal by T.N.Shesgopalan."

All the concerts will be held at Chowdiah Memorial hall, Malleshwaram. Time: 6:30 PM. Passes can be collected from Ganjam Showroom, Infantry road. Bangalore during working hours. "


Thursday, November 24, 2005

Grey Weather

After a fortnight or so, really unbearable weather is back in Bangalore. This whole-day non-stop drizzle is so very irritating. You can't go anywhere without getting drenched. I long for sunny days, and sometimes even secretly indulge in childhood dreams involving Mary Poppins, because when you are with Mary Poppins:

Oh, it's a jolly 'oliday with Mary
Mary makes your 'eart so light!
When the day is gray and ordinary
Mary makes the sun shine bright!

Well, in absence of Mary Poppins, I guess I can only hope Bangalore authorities would do something like what these townfolks in Austria did! The town of Rattenberg is described as '10 minutes walk from sunshine' ! So, the folks are planning to use a huge mirror in a nearby sunny area to reflect sunlight onto the blighted town.

Oh, how I wish we too could get some here in this (currently godforsaken) place called Bangalore!


Flabbergasted Tequilas at Barista Unplugged 

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Blogs: How much is too much?

Blogs have been around for sometime now. With all the hype and media attention they've been recieving, they seem to have gone to people's head. Bloggers need to be more careful in what they write 'cause in this prosumer kinda society, the content consumer is (unfortunately) believing whatever s/he sees on the web.

I echo similar thoughts in this article in The Times of India (Nov 02, 2005). Also refer to my earlier posts: Why do I blog? (March 09, 2005), and Blog People (March 07, 2005).


Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Jazz Concert: 27 Nov, 6:30PM

"William Joseph International Academy For Performing Arts Presents

An Evening Of Classical And Jazz Music. A Tribute To Maestro J.T.William Joseph
Sunday 27 Nov. St John's Amphi Theatre -Koromangala 6:30pm

Admission To The Concert Is Free So Do Come With Family And Friends. The Evening Would Feature Dr. Ashley Williams Jazz Piano-Vocals. Also Performing Will Be -

Aarti Desikan-Sowmya Venkatesh- Gauri Burde-Divya George- Vocals
K.N. Prakash- Classical Guitar
Johnny & Pranav- Piano
Violin Trio- Prafulla- Dawn- Dr. Giles
Admission To The Concert Is Free So Do Come With Family And Friends
Oops Dont Forget To Bring Your Wollens And Something For The Mosquitoes
For Detail Contact 98442 75837- 9844077004"


Monday, November 21, 2005

DFJ-TiE India Venture Challenge Business Plan Competition

Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ) and TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) are organizing the India Venture Challenge as the first national level business plan competition in India with the intent of supporting entrepreneurship in India and helping in the development of entrepreneurial acumen in India. It is targetted at both students / professionals interested in entrepreneurism as well as practising entrepreneurs. This will be the first contest where participants will be mentored and guided through the TiE mentoring process to refine and sharpen their business plans.

Today is the last day for submitting Executive Summary! Details at


Saturday, November 19, 2005

Rock with Unwind Center: 26th Nov 7pm


Friday, November 18, 2005

Bill Gates coming to India-> Starting a new era of software development

"Get Ready for Bill Gates! Bill Gates is specially visiting Bangalore on December 9, 2005 to kick off the India Launch of SQL Server 2005, Visual Studio 2005 and BizTalk Server 2006. Be there and join the excitement.

Join us to:
# See Bill Gates unveil a new IT era
# Understand Microsoft's vision behind the new Application platform
# Understand how Microsoft's new Application Platform provides
.*. the capability to run mission critical applications
.*. a Business Intelligence framework to help organizations take better decisions
.*. the capability to deliver faster results
# Listen to customers and partners speak about their experience with the new application platform
# Get Free Evaluation Software
# Get Free access to Microsoft Learning Certifications on the new Application Platform "



Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Blogging article

A general article on blogging in The Hindu Business Line (Oct 31, 2005). My last few days' posts are as if to prove what I say in the article! But seriously, general articles like these have to stop because they help increase the hype about blogs, which are essentially nothing more than a webpage.


Suchitra Kalakendra event: Today

"On November 16th we are organizing an unique program called 'Beladingala Kaavyadaare' in Suchitra kalakendra. Kannada's one of the leading poet Dr.N.S.Lakshmin Naarayana Bhatta will be presides the program along with other 5 kannada poets like H.S.Venkatesh murthy, Lakshmana Rao, Dr. Sandya Reddy etc...this program followos with Dinner with the poets.

Entry fee is 100 Per head.
Program starts at 6:30 PM on 16th November 2005

Venue: 'Suchitra Kalkendra', No. 36, 9th Main, Banashankari 2nd Stage, Bangalore - 560070"

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

POPAI India OMA's 2006 - Enter the Contest 



Sunday, November 13, 2005

The Terraces: A boutique resort in the himalayas 

Dear Mr. Anurag

Greetings from The Terraces!!!!

With pleasure, we invite your interest to our little
hamlet at Kanatal, known as The Terraces
( The property is perched at an
altitude of 8500 ft, offering a spectacular view of
the snow clad Garhwal Himalayas from each one of the
20 well-appointed rooms and a super luxurious suite.
It is a place surrounded by forests, chirping birds,
unambiguous blues, friendly folks and so on........

To realize and accomplish the needs of the corporates,
a 50-55 persons Theatre-Style Conference Hall with
Audio and Visual Aids, a team building manager who can
advocate the paths of the jungle combat, cave rescue,
group juggle, warp speed , helium stick, group skits
and many more. An elucidation on mind and body not
mentioning the Progressive Muscular Relaxation (PMR)
would be an incomplete initiative. For this, besides
yoga and meditation, the focus is also towards Sensory
Awareness Training which parts unveiling stress
programmes like Present Moment Awareness Techniques,
Self & Identity, Fight & Flight Response, The 5
Anchors for Personal Growth, Self Expression,
Elocution/Theatre Simulation, Self Hypnosis- a
personal empowerment technique etc.

On the lighter vein, Recreational Activities, like
Billiards, Table Tennis, Board Games, A Discotheque, A
Skating Ring, Mountain biking, Trekking, Rafting, Star
Gazing, Bird Watching, out door Games are all a part
of the package.

Further, to satiate the taste buds, a Multi-Cuisine
Restaurant with a service from a Two Section Kitchen,
i.e. demarcating The Veg and Non-Veg Areas. A Terrace
Café to mingle the savor and bask and the ultimate
place for Bar-Be-Que and Bon-Fire...The Machaan.

To wrap up briefly, the place "THE TERRACES" is to
rejuvenate oneself, wind up important memo or just to
leisure around in the helm of nature.

Should you need any other information about our resort
please let me know.

With Best Regards

General Manager
The Terraces


Upcoming Dance events in bangalore 


November 14, 2005 Bangalore
As part of Children's Day on Nov 14th, Vyjayanthi
Kashi directs a dance drama billed as HARMONY THROUGH
DANCE, sponsored by the cultural department at
Ravindra Kalakshetra, at 6.30pm.
e-mail: /
November 16, 2005 Bangalore
Vyjayanthi Kashi and group present WOMEN OF
MAHABHARATH as part of the Mahabarath festival at the
National College grounds, Basavangudi at 6.30 pm
e-mail: /

November 25, 2005 Bangalore

Sharmila Mukerjee with her students will present an
Odissi recital at Yavanika, State Youth Centre,
Nrupathunga Road, Bangalore on Friday 25th November
at 6.30 pm under the Horizon series of Empanelled
Artists organised by Indian Council for Cultural
Relations, Dept of Kannada and Culture, Dept of Youth
Services and Sports and Youth Writers and Artists

November 26, 2005 Bangalore
CELEBRATIONS, a colourful cultural event will be
presented by 400 children at Chitra Kala Parishad.
Concept, choreography and direction by Vyjayanthi
e-mail: / "


World Information City events 
World-Information City

Global Information Landscapes and Urban Transformations

World-Information City is a one-week programme of events addressing
global issues of intellectual property and technology in conjunction
with changing urban landscapes.

Held at India's IT metropolis Bangalore, World-Information City is a
cooperative project of the Institute of New Culture Technologies/t0
(Vienna), Sarai CSDS (Delhi), Waag Society (Amsterdam), ALF (Bangalore),
Mahiti (Bangalore) and l ocal partners.

The programme brings together researchers, artists and activists from
Europe and South Asia. It consists of a conference, workshops, an
exhibition, a public campaign, and a series of musical and art
events based on electronic media, and has been produced with the
financial assistance of the EU's EU-India Cross Cultural Programme.

For more details, see


Dates: 17 – 18 November, 2005
Venue: Cubbon Park Auditorium

The conference segment of World Information City brings together panels,
discursive and research based presentations and conversations on
“Information” and the “City” as societal and political realities, with a
particular emphasis on their interrelationships. We hope by doing so we are
able to speak not only to the broad themes of information, society, politics
and history but also to the concrete realities of “World Information Cities”
such as
Information - by which we mean the gamut of practices and processes of
knowing and making known the world - can also be seen as that constellation
of embodied intellectual labour, accumulated cultural capital and evolving
knowledge systems that play a key part in the maintenance of the fabric of
contemporary existence. In particular, the increasing importance of
information in all its social expressions is becoming manifest in physical
environments, and above all, in the shaping of urban spaces. The power
structures that shape information as “intellectual property” are impacting
more and more on the design of urban environments, often unhinging notions
of social equality and giving rise to practices of disobedience.
But while information and its interaction with urban environments are partof everyday experience, it remains a grossly under-theorized category.
World-Information City and the conference that is placed at its culmination
is an effort on our part to inaugurate a set of discussions that we hope
will inform future work in this area as well as contribute to debates within
the public domain.
The conference aims to initiate reflections on the histories of different
information regimes and on the transformations of urban spaces in the
emerging global information economy. It looks at the realities of
intellectual property, surveillance and censorship and at efforts to counter
them, and discusses the founding and sustaining of the “commons” of
information, considering ways in which practices of knowledge uphold,
transgress or subvert governing protocols of social, cultural and political

Conference Schedule

Thursday, 17 November

10:15 – 11:15             Welcome – Lawrence Liang (Alternative Law Forum,
Statement of Partnership – Paul Keller (Waag Society, Amsterdam)
World-Information.Org (Introduction) – Konrad Becker (Institute for New
Culture Technologies, Vienna)
Official Opening – Thetis Tsitidou (EU-India Programme)
Faultlines Considering Fissures in Information and Society. Shuddhabrata
Sengupta (Researcher-Practitioner, Artist, Writer, Sarai-CSDS, Delhi) –
Keynote Presentation
11.15 - 11.30             Tea break
Global Information Landscapes and Urban Transformations in Asia
11.30 - 13.00 Title.
Solly Benjamin (Urbanist, CASSUM, Bangalore) – Presentation
13.00 - 14.00             Lunch break
14.00 - 16.00 Cyborgs and Cyber Cities How City Space and Labouring get
inflected by Information in Bangalore and Delhi.
Nishanth Shah (Research Scholar, CSCS, Bangalore), Iram Ghufran
(Researcher-Practitioner, Sarai-CSDS, Delhi) – Panel
16:00 - 16.30             Tea break
                                    Implications of IP on Knowledge /
Culture Production
16: 30 - 18.00 The Organization of Knowledge and Culture Production.
Felix Stalder (Media Theorist, Vienna/Zurich) – Presentation
Urban Agents – Hybrid Spaces.
Eric Kluitenberg (Media Theorist, De B alie, Amsterdam) –Presentation
18:00 - 19:30 Trouble in the Archives.
Shahid Amin (Historian, Delhi University), Shuddabrata Sengupta and Ravikant
(Sarai-CSDS) – Conversation

Friday, 18 November

10.30 - 12:00 Underground Raids and Multiplex Screenings The Turbulent World
of Entertainment, IP, Regulations and Real Estate in Delhi.
Jawahar Raja (Legal Practitioner and Researcher, Sarai-CSDS, Delhi), Anand
Vivek Taneja (Researcher-Practitioner, Sarai-CSDS, Delhi) – Panel
12:00 -12:15                         Tea break
                                    Technologies of Information Control
12:15 - 13:45 Surveillance, Security and Social Sorting in the City.
David Lyon (Historian, International Surveillance Project, Queens
University, Kingston, Ontario) – Keynote Speech
13:45 - 14:30                        Lunch Break
14:30 - 16:00 News you can use Toward Political and Personal Ecologies of
Information in Society.
Subramanya Sastry (Software Programmer, Open Sourc e Activist, Sarai-CSDS,
Delhi), Taha Mahmoud (Researcher-Practitioner, Sarai-CSDS, Delhi) – Panel
16:00 - 16:45 The Scanner at the Border.
Florian Schneider (Media Activist, ‘No Borders Campaign’ / ‘No One is
Illegal’, Munich), Felix Stalder, and Shuddhabrata Sengupta – Conversation
16:45 - 17:00                        Tea break
17:00 - 18:30 The Collateral Damage of Breaking News.
Arundhati Roy (Writer, Delhi), Lawrence Liang and Shuddhabrata Sengupta –
Closing Conversation
Conference Editors: Konrad Becker (t0 – Institute for New Culture
Technologies, Vienna), Lawrence Liang (ALF, Bangalore) and Shuddhabrata
Sengupta (Sarai-CSDS, Delhi)
Conference live streams: Netbase, Vienna
Point Ephémère, Paris ( <> )

World-Information City Exhibitions

World-Infostructure Exhibition

World-Infostructure Exhibition and Guided Tours
World-Infostructure visualizes subject matter linked to various aspects of
the information society based on research by World-Information.Org on global
communication networks, the global media market, global content channels,
global brain ware, global data bodies, global info rights and digital
security. Numerous information displays illustrate issues associated with
the development of digital media, new communication tools, and sophisticated
technical instruments e.g. the increasing use of biometric devices. Special
dis plays will be developed relating to local issues of the World-Information
City Bangalore.
Date: 14 – 19 November
Opening hours: 09:00 – 18:00
Venue: Cubbon Park Huts
Date: 14 November
Time: 17:00 – 21:00
Venue: Cubbon Park Huts

World-Information City Exhibition

The exhibition is a dispersed show across different sites from Russell
Market in Shivajinagar through Tasker Town to Cunningham Road. It is
designed in such a way as to facilitate site-specific works, but also to
allow for interaction with different publics. The exhibition is also
stretched between these three points in the city (Russell Market, Cunningham
road, Cubbon Park
) so that the experiences, sights, sounds and smells along
the way are part of the show, it is thus simultaneously being informed and
broadened by the media and art projects. Guided Tours through the exhibition
offered on demand.
Date: 15 – 19 November
Time: 11:00 – 20:00
Venue: Dispersed between Russell Market in Shivajinagar through Tasker Town
to Cunningham Rd.
Date:14 November
Time: 18:00
Venue: Centre for Film and Drama, 5th Floor, Sona Towers, 71, Millers Road
Centre for film and drama
5th Floor, Sona Towers, 71, Millers Road
·  Age/Sex/Location - Raqs Media Collective
·  Now Showing the Cinematograph Act, Alternative Law Forum
·  No_des, Sarai Med ia Lab
 ·  Rhizome(working title), Sarai Media Lab
 ·  Why I am so blaise, Rahima Begum
 ·  Dancing on Glass, Ram Ganesh (8:00 pm, 18th November)
Colab Art and Architecture Gallery, 202, Shah Sultana, Cunningham Road
·  "Down the road" (Sheela Gowda)
· "Melrose, Bangalore" (Christoph Schäfer, sponsored by Max Mueller Bhavan

Lady Jehangair Kothari Memorial Hall, Queen's Circle (Queens Road and
Cunningham Road intersection)
· "Makrolab – Electronic Media monitoring" (Marko Peljhan)
·  “On voice culture and automatisme” (Navin Thomas)
Lawyer's Collective, 1st Floor, No. 4A, MAH Road, Off Park Road. Tasker
Town, Shivajinagar
·  "World Info City TV" (Shaina Anand)

Elgin Talkies, Shivaji Road
·  "Electricity as network" (Ashok Sukumaran)
·            "Straigth 8 - Film Tales Part I" (Ayisha Abraham)
·            “The square and the round god – an idea for a universal
trajectory (in the manner of a proposal for 12 German pop songs)" (Hilary
·            "Untempered – a soundscape installation" (Rajivan Ayyappan)
Theatre Play “Dancing On Glass”
Date: 18 November
Time: 20:00
Venue: Centre for Film and Drama
"Melrose, Bangalore"
Christoph Schäfer (sponsored by Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore)
Exhibition Curators: Ayisha Abraham, Namita Malhotra, Kiran Subbaiah
"Revolution Non Stop" (German with English subtitles)
Christoph Schäfer (Cinema-room at Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore)


World-Information City Campaign Projects

Dates: 14 – 20 November
Venue: Public Space – Bangalore Streets

Billboard Designs, Posters and Stickers in the Public Sphere:
Along the lines of the overall topic “What do stricter intellectual property
laws mean for the public, for digital ecology, accessibility of knowledge,
and also for the future of urban spaces?” World-Information.Org will be
presenting the following projects:

“Delinquents” by Ullrike Brückner (Berlin):
Portraits of “delinquents” accused of digital crimes point at the twofold
character of intellectual and cultural property.
(Website: <> )
“Good questions” by Sebastian Luetgert (Berlin):
9 Questions central to the problematic character of digital property.
(Website: <> )
“Drawings” by Elffriede (Vienna):
A series of drawings combined with text questioning the viewers about their
point of view or making them conscious about questions referring to the
(Website: <> )
“You are free” by Paula Roush (London)
This project consists of invading the everyday space of advertising, whose
production and consumption cycle is dominated by a regime of intellectual
property known as ‘copyright’ with an infiltration from the parallel
production regime of copyleft.
(Website: <> )
“Who owns your knowledge?” by Dominik Hruza (Vienna):
… and who benefits from the information you produce?
“United We Stand” by 0100101110101101.ORG:
A band of media artists, 0100101110101101.ORG use non-conventional
communication tactics to obtain the largest visibility with the minimal
effort. Past works include staging a hoax i nvolving a complete made-up
artist, ripping off the Holy See, and spreading a computer virus as a work
of art.
(Website: <> )

World-Information City Guided Tours

"Community-Radio Project Number 20"
with Ashish Sen
Date: 15 November
Time: 08:30 – 17:30
Location: Villages in Karnataka

This radio project started it’s work in Budikote (Kolar district, Karnataka)
in 1999 with a needs assessment study, findings of which revealed that the
community did want an information centre, which would give them timely and
locally relevant information, through audio, a medium which they were
comfortable with. With this end in mind began a spate of training sessions
for volunteers conducted by experts from All India Radio on programming
techniques. As an outcome of these training sessions volunteers began to
make programmes on topics such as sericulture, organic farming techniques,
child and reproductive health, ins urance etc.
In Partnership with VOICES ( <> )
Web site:
“Cities within Cities: an intellectual turbulence within a global ideal”
with Solly Benjamin
Date/time: 16 November
Time: 08:00 – 15:00 (Departure: Cubbon Park – Mahadevpura)
Location: Bangalore

A travel through several contested landscapes in Bangalore. Some of these,
in Bangalore’s eastern periphery, will be huge territories serviced with
high grade infrastructure dedicated to IT companies. Their adjoining areas
are both reside ntial and home based manufacturing but contrast in the very
low levels of infrastructure and services. Such marginality is only
surfacial as deeper lie complex political contestation in the way of day to
day “encroachments” as urbanization engulfs.
Attendance limited – advance registration at

Economy of the commons
With Felix Stalder
Date: 19 November
Time: 16:00 – 18:00
Venue: Cubbon Park Auditorium

This workshop will focus on the heterogeneity of commons-based peer
production. Taking software production as a starting point, we will examine
the different actors – commercial companies, NGOs, academics and students,
as well as individuals – who are able to sustain a common project (the
development of a particular code base) despite the diverging, and possibly
even conflicting, agendas they pursue by doing so.
Participants of this workshop will gain insight into the emerging economy of
the commons, helping them to better devise strategies to act within it.
Participants are encouraged to contribute their own experiences as actors on
open source projects as the empirical reference points for the workshop.
Connected-Programme (Presentation, Waag Society)
With Floor Van Spaendonck
Date: 19 November
Time: 15:00 – 16:00
Venue: Cubbon Park Auditorium
Website: <>

The presentation will focus on the Connected! LiveArt programme wherein Waag
Society worked with several artists and communities on networked (connected)
art. In the programme the collaboration and communities-building aspect was
emphasized and also represent ed part of the research.
The programme had four nested components: Projects, Artists-in-Residence,
Sentient Creatures Lecture Series and Anatomic, a weekly gathering of young
media artists interested in networked composition.
Open sound workshops
            Date: 15 – 18 November
            Time: 09:00 – 18:00
1. Full disclosure and digital art – why programming matters
With Chris Kummerer

This workshop will demonstrate and introduce free software programmes. Some
of them were designed specially for the demands of musicians and
video-artists, whereas others – though highly useful for artistic production
– weren't developed with the digital/media artist in mind. The aim of this
workshop is to show that in many cases open-source – in contrast to its
commercial counterparts – is more useful when it comes to combining the
potentialities of different programmes. We will further concentrate on
technical skills, working with source code, communicating special demands to
programmers, and especially on the implications of licensed software on the
creative use of programmes.
Participants will be able to gather experience and skills with the
introduced tools in a performance during the Closing Event of
World-Information City. Additionally, a project developed in the workshop
will be presented in the Closing Event.
2. Interactive digital audio workshop
With Ralf Traunsteiner

In the centre of interest is “Pure Data” (Pd), oriented along the lines of
graphics and objects, as means for the production of interactive
audiovisuals in real time. Pd is an open-source software and will be
provided on different platforms (Linux, OS-X, Win). Pd is a real time signal
processing system with many extensions and interfaces thus supporting
networking and interaction, which makes it an useful tool for experimental
audio, multimedia and installation artists. Participants from India will be
provided with a first overview on graphical DSP-Programming with Pd. After a
short introduction to the basics of digital audio-signal-processing we will
concentrate on the practice-oriented intermediation of production,
improvisation and live presentation of electronic music.
Participants in the workshop will gather experience and skills in the field
of networked multimedia performances during a joint “Pd-Network-Jam”
presented in the Closing Event of World-Information City. Additionally a
project developed in the workshop will be presented during the Closing
With Par ag Goel, Dinesh, Abhas and Edward Crompton
Dates: 14/15 November
Time: 9:00 – 18:00
Venue: Mahiti

The workshop has four main sessions.
a. FOSS for Desktops.
Parag Goel who manages the Evolution and OpenOffice projects at Novell,
India, will be conducting this session.
b. FOSS for Management Information Systems.
Dinesh from Servelots ( <> ) will
conduct this session.
c. FOSS for Servers.
Abhas from DeeprootLinux (
<> ) will conduct this
d. FOSS for Open Publishing.
Edward Crompton from Mahiti will conduct this session.

4. Electronic Media Monitoring
With Marko Peljhan
Date: 15 November
Time: 18:00 – 20:00
Venue: Jehangir Kothari Hall

Electronic Media Monitoring captures and analyses signals of global
communication streams. The basic setup of the electronic media monitoring
unit provides an all purpose scanning and electronic interception
environment covering various bands of the electromagnetic spectrum.
Electronic Media Monitoring targets satellite based media on the widest
possible geographical basis, satellite based media programming, rx
operations in UHF and L-band comsat areas, satellite tracking, VHF satellite
rx-tx, video KU-band reception and analysis, experimental satcom project
development and other forms of electronic communication.
Closing Event

Date/time: 19 November, 2005, 18:00
Venue: Goethe Institut Max Mueller Bhavan

World-Information City, a week-long transnational programme of events
related to issues of the information society, is wound up in this closing
event that features various forms of artistic and social engagement with
information, including electronic music, open source projects, and the
shortfilm showcase "Thought Thieves".
?         Electronic Music Performance

Chris Kummerer
?         Presentation of Open Sound Workshop Results

?         Thought Thieves: Presentation of Winner Projects

Thought Thieves is a short film showcase about corporate appropriation of
knowledge, culture, and creativity. It is a grassroots response to the
Micro$oft propaganda competition of the same name. <>
< <> >
?         Signal Sever
With Marko Peljhan
Signal Sever is the sensor array and processing unit conceptualized by pact
systems which maps the electromagnetic spectrum, processes, transforms it
and sends it back into the ether in many different directions and forms

Venues and locations

Jawahar Bal Bhavan Auditorium, Cubbon Park, Bangalore 560001
Mahiti, #314/1, 2nd Floor, VijayKiran Building, 7th cross, Domlur Layout,
Bangalore 560 071
Alternative Law Forum  (ALF), No 4 Ground Floor, 3rd Cross, Vasanthnagar,
Bangalore 560052
Jehangir Kothari Hall, Queens Road, Bangalore
Centre for Film and Drama, Sona Towers, 71 Millers Road, Bangalore
Goethe Institut Max Mueller Bhavan, No. 716, C.M.H. Road, Indiranagar 1st
Bangalore 560 038
EU-India Partners:
- Waag
- Sarai
- t0

Local Partners:
- Mahiti
- Goethe Institute
- Voices

2. EU + disclaimer!
3. Wien Kultur
4. Max Mueller Bhavan Bangalore5. BMAA
6. OSI
7. Österreichische Komission für die UNESCO




Electronic City, Bangalore.



      Dear Sir / Madam,


           Subject: An invitation for SMRITI PRAVAHA


                                   It is our pleasure to inform you that IFIM-B school will be conducting its annual grand management fest SMRITI PRAVAHA during the month of December 2005. The event will be held across three days i.e. from 1st to 3rd of December.


 Various events will be held under different clubs of the institution. Events will be designed in such a way that it becomes a platform for the participants to showcase their talents in front of corporate dignitaries and academicians. The main attraction is the Biz Quiz wherein the competition will be held between the young corporate managers and budding managers, which will be conducted by an eminent quizmaster. The various events include,



  Stock Wars –will be organized  by India bulls, and other events


 Product launch and other events by Lintas

Human Resource-

 On stage extempore and other events by Titan and consultancy

International Business

 Business negotiations and other events

Information Technology

 Quiz and other events


And in the evening colourful cultural event will be held where the participants can exhibit another side of their talent. On the last day of the fest, the renowned music band EUPHORIA will hold Euphoria night.


The brochure regarding the fest will be dispatched very soon and a sincere attempt will be made to invite you personally. Looking for your cooperation to make the fest a successful event. To know more about this contact our


 Thanking You,                                                             Event Members,

                                                                                         Versallies (+919880453140)

 With best regards,                                                                     


  Dr. Madhumita Chatterji                                                                                                                          

  Student-Affair Coordinator.


CLasH of the IT WiZArds - Music 


RASJNA, a division of Resilient Software Consultants Private Limited ( is an ART CLUSTER that aims to foster creative dynamism in the IT industry. The belief that there are numerous talents that are hidden behind the concrete and glass of the Super connective Technology Highways that need to be showcased lead to the birth of RASJNA

To provide a meaningful and nourishing environment to the musicians, painters, artistes and talented young men and women that drive the IT revolution today; RASJNA would like be a part of presenting their extraordinary, multi-faceted and multi-dimensional skills and talents.

"To ignore the raging fire of their artistic endeavors is to burn a blooming tree which RASJNA wants to prevent."

We care to see the talent of these unique minds come to the fore of the IT revolution and let the World know that not only are "our boys and girls great at pummeling the IT mite but also grand in their design to provide beauty to the eye with their sculptures, paintings; music to the ear with their songs and shimmering instruments; serenade their fancy footwork; or bring to fore their artisan works".

"Convert your hobbies into realities and showcase them to the World, we are here to hold your hand all the way through" And that's a promise!

The first step in this hand-holding exercise is to provide you a platform to compete against your peers and come out the winner as the "Music Titan of IT"

Platform: CLasH of the IT WiZArds - Music

Date: 20 Nov 2005 - 9AM Onwards.

Category: Carnatic/Hindustani - Vocal/Instrumental

Sub Category:
Level 01 -Varnam/Keerthana in Carnatic classical & Khayal/Thumri in Hindusthani
Level 02 - Thillana/Bhajan in Carnatic & Bhajan/Dhun/Tharana in Hindusthani

Age is not the criteria, MUSIC is..
I prize winners in both the levels will be performing on 26th of NOV at our Annual Day celebrations amidst an august gathering.
Nominations/Entries close: 17 Nov 2005 - Please mention the instrument you would like to play.

Please send in your entries by email to

Please fill in your details:



Contact No:___________________________


Branch of Music:________________________

Vocal/Instrumental( specify the Instrument)

Name of your Guru:______________________

Item to be Performed:____________________
Raga . Thala. Composer

Note: Items should be Classical. Sruthi will be provided at the Venue. Tentative Date of competitions are 20th of November (Sunday). The Venue will be communicated once your nomination or entry is through."


Travolta's "Airport" Home 
" As a boy, John Travolta dreamed what many have dreamed: that there would be an airplane parked in everyone's backyard. A few have achieved that dream, but hardly any as spectacularly as Travolta. The veteran actor can now walk out of his airport-style home near Ocala, Fla., and hop aboard his personal Boeing 707 for a flight to almost anywhere. Travolta's Florida getaway is at a fly-in community called Jumbolair, which features a 7,500-foot runway. Travolta bought a nine-acre lot for his aviation compound, which includes a house that resembles an airport, complete with a tower-like observation area. "This is a house that says dreams are possible. Everything is possible," his wife Kelly Preston told an Architectural Digest forum at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History last week. The magazine is featuring Travolta and Preston's home on its cover this month as part of a feature on celebrity mansions. Travolta told the forum he took his inspiration for the design of the home from "the beautiful airports of yesteryear." Recently, the facility was the staging area for Travolta's private relief effort for Hurricane Katrina victims, in which he packed the 707 with medical supplies and delivered them to the affected area. And, while a $2.4 million home could be termed extravagant by many people's standards, it's nice to know Travolta's priorities are straight. According to, the 707 is worth $96 million."

Friday, November 11, 2005

Fly with the Giant of the Skies! 


Air Deccan expands in Northeasts

More expansion into North East by Air Deccan. Bookings opened today for following sectors (Ranchi, Raipur, Silchar, Agartala). No wonder, Vijay Mallya recently bought miles from Air Deccan to make up for its regulatory Cat-II/Cat-III shortfall.


Thursday, November 10, 2005

Mr P Sainath speaks on Agrarian Crisis and the Role of Media

"National Institute of Advanced Studies Indian Institute of Science Campus Bangalore 560012

Title: Agrarian Crisis and the Role of Media
Speaker: Sri P SAINATH Development Writer and Author
Day and Date: Thursday, 10 November 2005
Time: 5.45 pm
Venue: J R D Tata Auditorium NIAS, IISc Campus

All are cordially invited - - - -

About the Speaker:

Sri P. SAINATH is Asia's leading development journalist, writing frequently about issues such as poverty and the effects of industrialization on India. Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen describes him as "one of the world's greatest experts on famine and hunger". Through his work on the livelihoods of India's rural poor, Sainath has changed the nature of the development debate in his own country and across the world.

His landmark book, "Everybody Loves a Good Drought," is a devastating portrait of Indian economic policies gone awry.

He received international recognition after he spent two years in the poorest districts in India, reporting about the daily struggles of the citizenry. He covered everything from agriculture subsidies to starvation deaths. That work formed the basis for his book.

Sainath has won numerous awards for his reportage, including the European Commission's Natali Prize in 1994 for articles related to development and poverty as well as working and living conditions of vulnerable social groups. In November 2001, he won the Boerma Journalism Prize from the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization -- the most important award in development journalism. - - -"

Join us at the ‘Power of Choice’ seminar. And you’re sure to find an IBM Server that best suits your needs.

It gives me great pleasure to invite you to Power of Choice – a seminar that will showcase our entire range of IBM server and storage solutions. 

IBM server technologies have powered some of mankind's greatest achievements, including the quest for life on Mars. Today, we are the leading server vendor in India, with massive growth in the UNIX server market over the last year and the 'No.1' position in the overall server market+ to our credit.

We’re now adding newer and more powerful servers to our existing range. So there’s one that fits the bill perfectly, no matter what your company size, requirements, OS legacy or goals. The range includes entry-level servers at one end and enterprise-class supercomputers at the other. And you’ll be able to see them all at the seminar. There will also be an exclusive session on IBM POWER5 - the most advanced 64-bit processor in the world that's setting new benchmarks for UNIX servers in India.
    To view the detailed agenda and to register for the ‘Power of Choice’ seminar, visit

Here’s to a future full of many more great choices.

Yours sincerely,

Alok Ohrie

Vice President
Systems Technology Group

IBM India Limited
City Date Venue 
Hyderabad November 14, 2005  Taj Krishna, Deccan 2
Pune  November 16, 2005  Le Meridien, Regal
Mumbai  November 17, 2005  Grand Hyatt, Ball Room 1
Ahmedabad  November 22, 2005  Taj Residency, Gokul Dwarka
New Delhi  November 24, 2005  Radisson, Surya Mahal




Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Fourth Corner Newsletter - 00202112005 
"Welcome to the second newsletter of Fourth Corner Group. DO BANGALORE BENGALOORU ISTHYLE!!
Contest this time to win two tickets for NSD production "Seema Par" in Hindi on at Ranga Shankara as part of their festival on Saturday 12 November at 3 pm. 
Last day for the contest is Midnight of 10, November.  Rush your entries with your contact number enabling us to reach you these tickets.
ReCom has a review for all food lovers.  Its the typical parsi food at Juke Box in Koramangala.  Check it out at
We invite group members to contribute and help other Bangalorians to explore Bangalore in style.
Whats Up!! has three opportunities to participate in Theatre productions.
1. For forthcoming Fourth Corner production Ammavra Ganda (Details at needs TWO volunteers to handle production and backstage.
2. BLT (Bangalore Little Theatre) is auditioning for their new production THE LOVE SONG OF J. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER details at (
3. Maayavan is auditioning for their new play Sunny Side Up (Details at
For music lovers this week
Other features at this week's Whats Up!! are
7. Anand S Sharan's Photo Exhibition"Impressions" (details at
8. Serious Readers Material from a group of Professional/Amateur Writers is available for casual/serious readers (details at
Regulars at Whats Up!!
1. Ranga Shankara Schedule
2. Collective Chaos Film Screenings
Are all served there for you.
Do send in your feedback and suggestions.  Contributions to ReCom and Whats UP!! are welcome.
Looking forward to hearing from you,


The Rasums, GIR, Barista Unplugged Sessions


"Time to visit India, where The Rasmus sold Platinum of Dead Letters and are enjoying superstardom. The band fly straight from their gig in Caracas, Venezuela across the globe to India for two shows, each with a capacity of circa 10000 people.

02.12.05 Mumbai, MMRDA Grounds, Bandra Kurla Complex
04.12.05 Bangalore, Palace Grounds

for more information visit"

# Great Indian Rock 2006 - Entries Open

"Last date for entries for GIR 2006 is 10th December 2005. send your entries to RSJ,86/1 First Floor,Shapurjat, New Delhi - 110049 phones: +91 11 26497944 & 26497945. The main festival is 18, 19, 20 February at Hamsadhwani, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. 3 International bands are playing at GIR 2006."

# "RAVE organizes an unplugged session at Barista - St Mark's road every fortnight (Fridays). It's been happening over the last 8 months. It's open for everyone so come over and jam. It's open till about 11pm. If you'd like to play at Barista Unplugged get in touch with:

matt AT
Tel: 51237961

Moonlight beach trek: 12-13 Nov

"Dear Trekkers / Nature lovers,

BEACH TREK – This is Karavali beach or coastal Karnataka. Sheltered by the soaring Western Ghats in the east, embraced by the blue waters of the Arabian sea in the west; and blessed with fertile soil with an annual rainfall of 2500 mm. Karavali is a paradise of amazing virgin beaches, warm blue seas, fast flowing rivers, thick green forests, colorful rituals.

Planning dates - 12th to 13th November’05
Last date for Enroll –1st of November ‘05 (Limited seats-First comes first serve base)

For Programme details and Itinerary please find the attachment. If you require more information call / mail us.

Thanks and regards,

Krishna CAPTURE No. 98/1, 1st flr, 30th cross, 7th block, Jayanagar, Bangalore -82. Ph: 5696 1099, 98453 55087, 98458 36789


Day 1 11th November '05
7.00 pm Depart from Bangalore

Day 2 12th November '05
6.00 am Arrival at Base camp - 1 for refresh and breakfast
8.30 am Transfer to beach for start of trek
Trek (Three and half hours trek)
1.30 pm Arrival at Base camp - 2 for Hot Lunch
1.45 pm Lunch and relax
Maximum fun at Base camp -2
Swimming in the sea, Beach valley ball, Frisbee, football, Cricket etc.
8.00 pm Moonlight Dinner on the beach
9.30 pm Start Moonlight trek to Gokarna (Three and half hour trek)
Enroute cross-river using Fisherman boat
Reach Gokarna Beach by 2.30 pm - Set up for camping and sleep on the beach

Day 3 13th November '05
6.00 am Wake up call
A half an hour trek to Hotel
7.00 am Reach hotel at Gokarna
Refresh and breakfast
9.00 am Depart to Sharavathi Wildlife Sanctuary
Enroute visit - Dodda Mane Water falls, Sharvathi valley view
Reach Sanctuary by 1.30 pm
Lunch at Sanctuary - Back waters of River Sharavathy
3.00 pm Swimming, Boating and Fun team Activities
5.00 pm Hi tea
7.00 pm Winding up the programme
8.00 pm Dinner and Departure to Bangalore

Day 4 14th November '05
5.30 am Arrival at Bangalore

Activities -
Moonlight Trek on beach
Day trek on Beach
Camping on the beach
Fisherman Boat rides
Camping and fun activities at Sharavathy wildlife sanctuary
Sight seeing

Cost - Rs. 2,650 per head

Includes -
Food - Veg - buffet spread - 2 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 2 Dinner, Evening Coffee/Tea with Snacks, Equipment, Safety gears, Camping gears - Tents with carry mats, Professional Instructors, Assistant Instructors, First aid kit, Forest permission and charges, Sea authority permission and Transportation.

Not Inclusive -
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, local sight seeing apart from mentioned in itinerary, insurance,

Best Season - Between October to February"


Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Lire en Fête at the Alliance française de Bangalore 10, 11, 12 November 2005 BE PART OF IT! 


"Lire en Fête" : A Festival of Reading

10, 11, 12 November 2005




 Share a thought: Read it out!




Affiche réalisée par Olivier Douzou. |

"Lire en fête"? What is it?


Lire en fête is a 3-day annual festival celebrated mainly in France (since 1988) and now all over the world. This event is an effort towards « Celebrating reading » The actors of the "chain of the book" - authors, translators, editors, booksellers, teachers etc. – are mobilized during these 3 days to organize events and to sensitize the public to reading through various activiti es


It celebrates the spirit of reading and invites everyone (bibliophiles, especially!) to come and share his or her experience of a book, of reading, of writing and of any other literary creation.


We invite you to participate in this important event of Culture with us on 10, 11 and 12 November at the Alliance Française de Bangalore.


How can I participate in Lire en Fête?


The festival is not restricted to just Francophones or students of French language. The festival transcends all linguistic and geographical barriers. Anyone with a passion for books or reading is welcome to be a part of any activity during the fête. And when it comes to reading, it could be as simple as reading an excerpt from your favourite book or a poem or why, even a quotation! And don't forget, it could be in any language!  Share a thought by just reading it out!  All the events are open to all. There's something for everybody


What's happening this year?


The Lire en fête, spread over three days - 10, 11 and 12 November 2005 – at the Alliance Française de Bangalore, has as events:


Photo exhibition: Discover contemporary French writers - the literati of France today. Put up in the gallery area of the institute, the exhibition is open throughout the three days of the festival.  There will be a guided tour* of the exhibition on 10 November at 9:00 A.M. and at 5 P.M by the director of the AFB, Mr. Eric Rousseau.


* If you wish a guided tour for a group, please confirm your participation before 9 November 2005.


Reading: Join us for an open-house reading of texts, poems etc. in the atrium on 10 and 11 November 2005, beginning at 8:30 am, 11am, 5pm and 7pm. Each reading session is expected to last about 30-45 minutes.


And for some actual reading in French, travel around the world as Jules Verne takes you on a fabulous voyage to the center of the earth or plunge into a world of action and adventure as you read the adventures of Lancelot, or (re) discover classics of French literature like Andre Gide's   'La symphonie pastorale' or Mérimée's 'Carmen' and for all lovers of theatre, Molière's 'Le misanthrope' or Racine's 'Bérénice' or Corneille's 'Le cid' or just revel in the simple fables of La Fontaine or allow your sensations to be tickled and refreshed as you read Philippe Dellerm's 'La Première Gorgée de la bière' (burp!) or test your knowledge of French by participating in 'The Little Prince' contest' on the audio-stations that are going to be specially set up for the occasion


And relish Hugo (or any writer of your choice) over coffee and croissants as a special reading area will be set up near the Café Paradis of the AFB .


And don't miss an enriching evening of reading (Bring your own texts as well, since we shall share our thoughts...) with the celebrated writer Anita Nair on 11 November at 7:45 PM. (auditorium)


Book Sale: Head for the auditorium to pick up books, magazines etc. (in French) for a song throughout the three days of the festival (if stocks last, because the early bird…!)


Film Festival: "Book-what they make a movie out for television" said Leonard Louis Levinson. Don't despair if you have been unable to read some of the greatest classics of French literature ever as they will all come alive when we screen:

(i)                CARMEN on 10 Nov. 2005

(ii)             TIME REGAINED on 11 Nov. 2005

(iii)           MADAME BOVARY on 12 Nov. 2005


All the films (in colour and with English subtitles) will be screened in the auditorium at 10:30 A.M. See synopsis of the films just below this note :


Besides screening of fictional films, there will be a separate projection of video documentaries on some of France's most popular contemporary writers like Michel TOURNIER, Claude SIMON, Georges PEREC, Raymond QUENEAU, Françoise SAGAN etc. Please refer to the programme listing of the day at the venue .



CARMEN (Duration: 2H29min): Based on the acclaimed novel of Prosper MÉRIMÉE (one of the spearheads of the Romantic Movement in French literature), Carmen is a French opera by Georges BIZET. It was first performed at the Opéra Comique of Paris on March 3, 1875. During its time, the opera was considered a failure, denounced as "immoral" and "superficial", but now is an important part of the standard operatic repertoire that simply cannot be dismissed.


The Spanish gypsy, Carmen lives only for sensuality. Love drives her from passion to passion. After she has loved many, she is attracted by the sergeant Don José, encompasses him with her wiles, and leads him to mutiny and desertion, so that finally nothing remains for him but to join a band of smugglers of which Carmen is a member. His fate is endurable as long as he retains the love of Carmen, but when she turns from him he is sunk in a pit of grief.


TIME REGAINED (Duration: 158 min.):

An adaptation by renowned director Raoul RUIZ,– the film is based on the  novel Temps Retrouvé  (from the last of the series, A la recherche du temps perdu) by one of the greatest literary giants ever – Marcel PROUST.


Year 1922, Marcel Proust on his deathbed undergoes the metaphysical experience of reliving his life as characters from his book rekindle lost memories and juxtapose with real life characters and together, they slowly spill over into the real world. From the cocooned world in his little appartment on Rue Hamelin, he is led down memory lane, as joyous days of his growing years alternate sublimely with tender memories of his literary and social life. The entire drama of war is magnified through the Parisian society around him and in this   ever increasing labyrinth of images, the viewer gets a peek of the great 'human comedy' and the society that was to form after the war.


MADAME BOVARY (Duration: 136 min.): This is a stunning film of Gustave FLAUBERT'S classic novel Madame Bovary by the French director Claude CHABROL.  This book that raised a scandal (after publishing a few controversial excerpts in a periodical, Flaubert had to go on trial to be allowed to publish the rest of the novel!)   was first published in 1857 and is now regarded as one of the first modern Realistic novels.


The story is about a provincial doctor's wife, Emma Bovary, who has adulterous affairs and who lives beyond her means in order to escape the banalities and emptiness of modern life. Her repressed existence in 19 th century bourgeois France forces her to seek out romance and danger. This classic film of love and deceit is a must-watch for anyone seeking to better understand the intrigue of human relationships.



1.       Lunch break : 1 pm-3 pm

2.      Contact : Rahul on 51 23 13 40/44/45/46 for more information.



Eric ROUSSEAU, Directeur AFB
Téléphone : (080) 512 313 40 / 41
Fax: (080) 512 313 47
PB 108 Thimmaiah Rd
Vasanthnagar, 560 052 BANGALORE
Karnataka - India