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Tuesday, January 31, 2006
AGEAC: Matrix Unveiled and Hidden Power of Sexual Energy
Thanks to Vishal Shah for the info.
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AGEAC (Gnostic Association for Anthropological, Cultural and Scientific StudiesOrganizes) 2 LECTURES (with slides)at 20th Main - 6th Block, Koramangala - BANGALORE.
Saturday, February 4th - 6 p.m.
THE HIDDEN POWER OF SEXUAL ENERGY
The human sexual cycle from birth to maturity - Differences between animal and human sexuality - Why? - The knowledge of ancient civilisations - Transmutation of sexual energy: the best way to preserve our vitality - Wrong sexual behaviours - The extraordinary powers latent inside us - Man with woman can create a garden of Love …
Sunday, February 12th - 6 p.m.
MATRIX UNVEILED: THE PROGRAMS THAT CONTROL OUR LIFE
The reality of Matrix in our existence - the characters - The deep message of the film: the truths that reveal the meaning of our life - The 3 kinds of programs that control mankind - How to free oneself from these programs…
ALL ARE WELCOME Contact AGEAC: Tel. 5773 5788 - Mobil: 93438 02488
Monday, January 30, 2006
IIM Bangalore brings to you Unmaad 2006 !!
Unmaad 2006. Your five minutes of Fame. IIM Bangalore presents its annual cultural festival Unmaad with guaranteed media attention for its winners on the 3-5th of February. Unmaad keeps getting bigger and bigger every year.
This year the Pro-nites see, for the first time at any cultural festival across the country, live in concert, Grammy award winning International Rock Band JETHRO-TULL performing at the IIMB Unmaad grounds. So be there and listen to the Gods of Rock play live at Unmaad on the 3rd Feb.
The other pro-nite on 4th February sees the Pakistani band Jal (of 'Woh Lamhe" fame) and the ace percussionist Sivamani play to delight the audience.
Tickets are available at all Pizza Hut outlets in Bangalore and on www.fabmall.com So book your ticket today and come down to enjoy the Festival, Enjoy your 5 minutes of fame - become the moment.
For more details log on to www.unmaad.com
The jam-packed 3-day schedule is as follows:
Sunday, January 29, 2006
Sabse bade stars. Unke anokhe andaaz. Ek zabardast show.
Saturday, January 28, 2006
Networking meeting with John Doerr, Ray Lane & Ram Shriram
This is BIG, BIGG!! Ram Sharan, John Doerr in Bangalore! Phew!!
"Dear Mr. Jain,
Please mark your calendar and register for an exciting TiE Networking Meeting followed by dinner on Tuesday 31st Jan 2006
”Entrepreneurship – yesterday today and tomorrow “
Interactive Session with leading venture capitalists
John Doerr Ray Lane Ram Shriram
TiE Bangalore is delighted to bring to you an evening with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.
The legendary John Doerr, along with Ray Lane and Ram Shriram will spend the evening with Members of TiE Bangalore in an interactive session.
They are actively looking to invest in companies in India and are keen to meet entrepreneurs and experienced professionals from the Indian industry. This is your chance to meet them, hear them and network with them.
About the Speakers:
John Doerr joined Intel in 1974 just as they invented the famous "8080" 8 bit microprocessor. At Intel, he held various engineering, marketing and management assignments, and was one of their top-ranked sales executives.
In 1980, he joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and sponsored a series of investments including Compaq, Cypress, Intuit, Macromedia, Netscape, Lotus, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, S3, Sun Microsystems, Amazon.com, and Symantec.
John was the founding CEO of Silicon Compilers and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Google, Intuit, Amazon.com, Homestore.com, and Sun Microsystems. He holds patents for computer memory devices he invented as a design engineer at Monsanto. Recent interests include education, the Internet and biotechnology
Ray Lane is General Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. He has sponsored several investments for the firm aimed at improving enterprise productivity. He sits on the boards of Elance, Metamatrix, Virsa, Visible Path, Xsigo Systems, SpikeSource and PodShow.
Before joining KPCB, Ray was President and Chief Operating Officer of Oracle Corporation. Ray led Oracle's business expansion beyond its core database technology into enterprise applications and professional services. His previous assignments were with Booz-Allen & Hamilton, EDS and IBM.
Ram Shriram started Sherpalo in January, 2000, with the goal of applying his wealth of operating and company building experience to promising early stage ventures. Immediately prior to founding Sherpalo, Ram served as an officer of Amazon.com working for Jeff Bezos, founder & CEO. Ram came to Amazon.com in August, 1998, when Amazon acquired Junglee, an online comparison shopping firm of which Ram was president. Before Junglee and Amazon, Ram was a member of the Netscape executive team.
Ram is a founding board member of Google Inc. and 247customer.com.
Date : Tuesday 31st Jan 2006
Time : 6.45 P.M
Venue : Coronet Hall @ Le Meridien, Bangalore
Event Sponsor : Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Participation through registration. Mail Alfio Aquien at: alfio AT tiebangalore.org or call 22120009. Please note that there is an entry fee of Rs. 500 for non-members of TiE."
Charity Show at Mysore: Feb 11
"A charity show is organized in a School (SNEHA KIRANA) for mentally challenged at Mysore. It's on February 11th 2006. Entry Coupons will be issued and the Coupons are priced at 150/- (for one) and 500/- (for two).
You can contact Nethra on +91 80 5528 1820 or 98865 22526 and confirm.
Individuals can contribute towards the same generously. You can contribute even if you are not willing to go for this show. Not to mention, you can contribute how muchever you wish to. "
Ad Club Bombay's Continuing Education Programme on 31st Jan,2006
Rang De Basanti : Charity show in aid of hemophilia patients
"We the members of the members of hemophilia society bangalore chapter are having two charity shows of the Aamir Khan movie,'Rang de Basanti' on saturday 28th Jan ,one at 2.30pm and the second at 6pm at Cauvery theatre (opp palace grounds).
The price of the tickets are rs 150/- each. We request you to support our cause by buying our tickets!
For booking of tickets please call
For more in! formation about hemophilia please visit our site
www.hemophiliaindia.net and www.wfh.org "
Friday, January 27, 2006
Of Flight Disruptions.
As I work with an airline, I know there is a lot of hullabaloo whenever a flight canceled. You yourself as a customer/passenger would know the same too. Of course, the commotion created by upset passengers is for valid reasons. But what they should also understand is the inability of airline sometime to do anything about the situation. Always, yes - always, inability to operate a scheduled flight is out of compulsion and not by choice. No airline wants to lose money. And certainly, no airline wants customer wrath. Yes, there are issues which can be tackled by airlines and improve the overall adherence-to-schedule situation, but otherwise most of these flight delays/cancelations situations are out of control.
And not that it doesn't happen anywhere else. Last Saturday, my parents' domestic flight in US got canceled. They were to travel from Raleigh to Chicago and then catch a non-stop flight to New Delhi. However, due to bad weather, the domestic Raleigh to Chicago flight was canceled. They wasted four hours at airport before being told of the cancelation. That upset their whole itinerary. They were accomodated in the next day's flights but it wouldn't be a non-stop flight this time around. They would go Chicago-London and then be flown London-New Delhi, which would mean a lot of extra hours. By the next day, however, finally they were accomodated in the non-stop flight itself.
Admittedly, in any business, somebody else's dismal performance can only serve as a solace, and not as benchmark. And certainly not as an excuse. However, the point is that sometimes both sides in the business have to be a little bit more realistic and accommodating, esp when a new business model is being tried out, or an existing/proven business model is being tested in a new geography.
Saturday night with Avril Quadros
28th jan 2006, saturday night live avril quadros with chris avinash - guitars, prakash - bass, ryan - drums, uday - keys.
one of bangalore's best female performers takes centre stage
in a night of classic covers and outstanding originals,
in a preview to her upcoming solo album.
Rs 499/- entry and dinner
26th jan : republic day holiday - opus is closed
wed and sun : Castle KroakKnights
Fri : Retro DJ dance nite
For Reservation Call 080-23442580 http://opusbangalore.blogspot.com/
Music Quiz by KQA: Feb 5th
"Karnataka quizzing Association will hold open quizz on Sunday, 5 February 2006, at the Daly Memorial Hall, Nrupatunga Road.
Muzak to My Ears
An Open Music Quiz
Teams of two members
Open to all
Registration Fee: Rs. 50/- per team
The quiz will _attempt_ a balance between East and West.
Six teams qualify
QMs: Rajesh Mehar & Arul Mani"
Thursday, January 26, 2006
LOC: Whose line is it anyway?
On the occasion of Republic Day, good friends of mine, Shoestring have released a new single called 'Whose line is it anyway?' from their second album. `Whose line is it anyway?' tells the story of a friend, a soldier, who fell to bullets in Kashmir. It's an appeal to the Indian and Pakistani Governments to find a peaceful solution. It's a reminder that life is precious, irrespective of which side of the border it's on.
`Whose line is it anyway?' is available as a free mp3 on the website (lyrics here). Do download, listen, and feel the song.
Tata Crucible 2006 - The Campus Quiz
"Tata presents Tata Crucible Campus 2006 — The Inter collegiate Business Quiz exclusively for engineering college and business school students.
Regional rounds will be held at Kolkata, New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai and Bangalore. (Refer to schedule for dates and venue details). The winning team from each regional round will qualify for the national final scheduled for February 26, 2006, in Mumbai .
The quiz will cover a wide canvas of subjects from business houses to brands and business history, from people to products, from business 'fundas' to fundamentals, from creators of wealth to architects of scams, from Wall Street to Dalal Street, and Manhattan to Chandni Chowk. In short it's all about innovation and excellence in the world of business."
More details at Tatas homepage.
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Kashmir: hameen ast
Kashmir: hameen ast Exhibition of photographs: Rajesh M. Parikh
Rajesh is a well-known Mumbai-based neuropsychiatrist who has taught at Johns Hopkins, Yale and Harvard medical schools. His exhibition of exquisite photographs of the Kashmir valley was in Mumbai and will now travel to a few Indian cities and then Paris and New York.
The exhibition is on at the Chitrakala Parishat from: January 26 to January 31, 2006, 10 am to 7 pm.
RangaAayama: A Playfest
"Fourth Corner's RangaAayama starts tomorrow upto 29th Jan 2006. Please call Deepthy on 94481 27665 and log on to www.ivcorner.com/fest.htm for all further information about the festival.
The following are the Seven plays planned for the festival…
1. Shadows in the Dark directed by Krishna on Tue 24
2. Orchard of Banchharam directed by Ranjon Ghoshal on Wed 25
3. Bhramae directed by Poorna Chandra Tejaswi on Thu 26
4. Beyond the Land of Hattammalla directed by Balaji Manohar on Fri 27
5. Ammavra Ganda directed by P D Sathish Chandra on Sat 28
6. Tunta Robin (noon show) directed by Mandya Ramesh on Sun 29
7. Yuyutsu directed by Mandya Ramesh on Sun 29
Please forward the info to all interested...
Thanks and Regards
Saturday, January 21, 2006
Yamini 2006 @ IIM Bangalore: 25th Jan
Yamini - the annual dusk to dawn classical music and dance festival, will happen on 25th January 2006. The event is organised by IIM-Bangalore in association with SPIC MACAY.
Date: 25th Jan 2006 Time: 7:00 pm Venue: Open Air Theatre, IIM Bangalore
Entry Free, but by passes only.
7:00 pm Inauguration: Shri TN Chaturvedi, Hon'ble Governor, Karnataka
7:30 pm Pt. Rajan & Pt. Sajan Mishra
10:00 pm Shri. TM Krishna
12:00 am Priyadarshini Govind
2:00 am Sangeetha Samrat Chitraveena Shri Ravi Kiran
4:00 am Pt. Ronu Majumdar
Yamini represents an attempt by SPICMACAY and IIM Bangalore to promote classical music amongst the students of Bangalore. Yamini is a manifestation of the awe inspiring variety of Indian Classical music and dance – an event that brings together the best artists across various genres of Indian classical music and dance.
Yamini symbolizes the essence of the night. Malkauns the early night raga soothes souls stressed out with the efforts of the day, and also symbolises dusk. Bhairavi, the early morning raga, heralds the coming of a new dawn, and awakens the mind, body and soul to face the new challenges of a new day and a new world.
About SPIC MACAY
SPIC MACAY stands for Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth.
SPICMACAY is a non-profit, voluntary movement for the promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture. Its objective is to facilitate the exchange of traditional Indian values and to generate awareness amongst the youth about the rich cultural traditions and heritage of India.
In order to achieve its goals, SPICMACAY organizes concerts, lecture-demonstrations, Baithaks -- informal talks and seminars on Indian Classical Music and Dance forms.
Update. Jan 23, 2006:
For Passes and other details mail us at spicmacay AT iimb.ernet.in
9448025358 (after 4:00 pm on weekdays, any time on weekends)
94488 64700 (after 4:00 pm on weekdays, any time on weekends)
21st Jan: The Journey @ Opus
after a successful tour of germany and poland, critical acclaim and standing ovations... integrating the best of indian music, western classical and jazz ..
"this is a new style. you are like a warrior in the jungle with a machete in your hand. creating a new journey" - john mclaughlin
9.00pm, 21st jan 2006, saturday night live in concert entry Rs. 149/-
wed and sun : KroakKnights
Fri : Retro DJ Roben Dass
Sunday afternoon rocks!!
22nd jan, sunday 1pm onwards a band from Hyderabad, doing classic rock covering bands like Deep Purple,Doors,Rainbow,Cream and lots of Pink Floyd. They were chosen the best band in Rock Yatra in Hyderabad, organized by SS Music. Have also been invited to play as a guest band in IIT, Madras. Their own composition was also chosen as the internal motivation song for Idea Cellular and ITC.
Satish & Maya - vocals, Paul & Jeet - guitar / vocals, Michael - bass, Rohit - drums
9.00pm, 21st jan 2006, saturday night live in concert
dylan fowler and konarak reddy
after a successful tour of germany and poland, critical acclaim and standing ovations...
integrating the best of indian music, western classical and jazz ..
"this is a new style. you are like a warrior in the jungle with a machete in your hand.
creating a new journey" - john mclaughlin
entry Rs. 149/-
wed and sun : KroakKnights
Fri : Retro DJ Roben Dass
For Reservation Call 080-23442580 http://opusbangalore.blogspot.com/
Online management game of SDM-IMD
"M A G I S T R Y …Cooperate to Compete
Are you looking for some food for thought? Want something really challenging? If yes… you're looking for the - Magistry. Magistry is the online game being hosted as a part of "NAISSANCE- 06". NAISSANCE - 06 is a management fest conducted by SDM - IMD. SDM - Institute for Management Development, one of the top B - Schools in South India, with an enviable track record of producing top class management professionals for over a decade now, offers NAISSANCE-06, a treat to the competitive streak in you.
To win you and your partner team will not only be competing but also cooperating with each other. Can you convince your competitor that you should be the one to win?!! If yes, then get ready to exercise your intellect, conviction and persuasive powers! For more information on this scintillating game, Visit www.sdmimd.net and follow the link of the management fest to register your team.
Rules and regulations: The event is open to all participants of the management world
Each team will consist of 2 members, any number of teams can represent a college or an organisation
The registration will begin at 8:00 AM, on the 18th of January 2006
The registrations will close at 12:00 PM, on the 22nd of January 2006
The game starts at 15:00 PM, on the 23rd of January 2006 and ends at 11:59 PM on the 26th of January 2006
Contact persons for the event
Abhijith S I year PGDBA, SDM - IMD
Ph: + 91 9886237727 e-mail: Superphotic AT gmail.com
Vinay Kumar H S I year PGDBA, SDM-IMD.
Ph: +91 9448322942 e-mail: vinaykumar_hs AT yahoo.com "
India Resorts Survey: Career Opportunities.
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Jan 29-31: Tri continental film festival
TRI CONTINENTAL FILM FESTIVAL 2006: HUMAN RIGHTS IN FRAMES
Moving images speak to us as nothing else does. Films can enthrall and educate: the TRI Continental Film Festival demonstrates this. Successfully bringing to India the finest human rights cinema from the global south, for a second time, the festival has been organized by Breakthrough, a human rights organization that uses media, education and popular culture to promote values of dignity, equality and justice. National Award winning actress Tara will open the festival in Bangalore on January 29, where it will travel from Delhi and Mumbai. The 15-day long festival will then tour Chennai and Kolkata in the days following. The 16 documentaries selected this year have won accolades all over the world. A jury of five ? Amar Kanwar, Arjun Chandramohan Bali, Ira Bhaskar, Rituparno Ghosh and Shohini Ghosh ? will award one of these with the Jury Prize. Additionally, the non-competitive section showcases 4 outstanding features. Filmmakers will be present to discuss their films following certain screenings.
Initiated in Latin America in 2002, South Africa in 2003 and India in 2004, the TRI Continental Film Festival (3CFF) has become an annual platform for narrative, documentary, feature and short length films in the 3 continents. In the last year, the first 3CFF in India has travelled to Bangalore, Chandigarh, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Pune, reaching students and practitioners of human rights and film, IITs as well as cultural institutions, focused groups as well as general audiences. These films spark discussions, debates and conversations everywhere around human rights and social justice issues.
In this year's festival, find out what it means to be young, talented and a 'born criminal' ("Acting like a Thief"). Meet musicians and activists from the 'other' Americas ("Rebel Music Americas"). Watch the global media fight the war in Iraq ("Weapons of Mass Deception"). Join the global resistance to water privatization ("Thirst").
For details, visit www.breakthrough.tv or contact: Alika Khosla 91 11 2617 6181/ 85 tri-cff AT breakthrough.tv
In collaboration with:
Federation of Film Societies of India (FFSI) Habitat Film Club, New Delhi Alliance Francaise Delhi JACIC, Mumbai Suchitra Film Society, Bangalore Alliance Francaise Bangalore Indo-Cine Appreciation Forum, Chennai Cine Central, Kolkata Swayam, Kolkata
***SCREENING PROGRAMME BANGALORE***
In association with Uhuru Productions, FFSI, Suchitra Film Society & Alliance Francaise Bangalore
JANUARY 29 TO 31, 2006 Alliance Francaise, Bangalore
10.30 am HOME AND BELONGING
The Concrete Revolution Dir. Xialou Guo (China & UK/ 2004/ 61 min)
A meditation on the price which is being paid for the building of the new China, the film starts with the unemployed peasants rushing into Beijing to work on the demolition and the construction of the city. New China uses these people's desperation to realize its huge ambitions. But the construction workers don't belong in Beijing, and Beijing has no place for them either. They long to return to their hometowns. The director is implicated too - does she also need to return home? As China sends rockets into space and prepares to host the 2008 Olympics, this film essay shows a crucial turning point in China's history and captures a rapidly disappearing past and erosion of every individual's roots. (Grand Prix, International Human Rights Film Festival, Paris, 2005)
Traje: Women and Weaving in Guatemala Dir. Phoebe Hart (Guatemala/2004/10 min)
The Maya people of Mexico, Guatemala and Belize, in particular the women, wear their traditional indigenous dress with pride. Handmade with a simple backstrap loom and embroidered with designs, symbols and stories that date back to antiquity, traje poses a colourful challenge to the pressures of changing values, global economies, and discrimination threatening the Mayan weaving practice. The film tells the story of three women who are resisting the homogenising effects of "western" culture.
The House on Gulmohar Avenue Dir. Samina Mishra (India/ 2005/ 30 min)
Sometimes the story of a life is the story of a search to be at home. "The House on Gulmohar Avenue" traces the personal journey of the filmmaker through the ideas of identity and belonging. The film is set in a part of New Delhi called Okhla, where four generations of the filmmaker's family have lived. An area that is predominantly inhabited by Muslims. An area that is sometimes also called Mini Pakistan. The filmmaker's personal history is a hybrid one but she grew up as a Muslim. Set against a quiet presence of the political context in India, the film seeks an honest and deeply personal understanding of what this means - when she is aware of being Muslim, when does it matter to her and when is it easier to forget it. In the journey to answer these difficult questions, the film seeks out encounters with other residents of Okhla to arrive at a complex understanding of what it can mean to be a Muslim in India today.
1.00 pm BODY/CONTROL
Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan Dir. Petr Lom (Kyrgyzstan, Canada & Czech Republic/ 2004/ 52 min)
Bride kidnapping is a common way of marrying in Kyrgyzstan, a former Soviet repubilc in Central Asia. This ancient custom has become more widespread since Kyrgyzstan's independence: because of increasing poverty, many choose to kidnap because they cannot afford the typically steep bride price asked by a Kyrgyz girl's family. Typically, the groom takes several friends, hires a car, stakes out his bride-to-be's movements, and snatches her off the street. The woman is taken to the groom's family home. A delegation is then sent to her family to inform them of the kidnapping. The abducted woman is kept until someone from her family arrives to determine whether she will marry her abductor. The level of consent and the familiarity of the bride with the groom vary. Sometimes the kidnappings are consensual - the bride is engaged to the groom and agrees to her "abduction", a playful ritual, prior to marriage. But in many other cases, the bride has never met the groom before her abduction, and does not want to marry. Recent studies estimate that about half of all rural marriages in Kyrgyzstan today are conducted through kidnapping, and that in half of these marriages the bride is forced to marry against her will. This documentary - the first to ever document the custom - follows the dramatic stories of four of non-consensual kidnappings.
Sancharram (The Journey) Dir. Ligy Pullapally (India/ 2004/ 107 min)
Set in the lush, rural Kerala, The Journey begins with the childhood friendship between beautiful, outgoing Delilah, a Christian girl, and the sober, idealistic, and inwardly focused Kiran, whose Nair family settles next door. They quickly become inseparable, and in time Kiran feels attracted to Delilah, but suppresses it. She finds a Bergerac-like outlet by writing love letters to Delilah for Rajan, a local boy pursuing her. When Delilah learns the truth about the letters, she responds ? to Kiran. As neighbors begin to talk, Delilah's family flies into panic mode with arranged marriage plans; meanwhile Kiran fights back, leaving Delilah in the middle of a tug of war. The director achieves in this film a piquancy that deepens a sensitively drawn story. (The Chicago Award for Best Film, 40th Chicago International Film Festival, Chicago, 2004; India's Best Debut Director, The Lankesh Award, Bangalore India, 2005; Special Jury Prize, John Abraham Award, Kerala, 2004; Jury Prize, Kerala State Film Awards, 2005; Frameline Film Completion Award, San Francisco, 2004)
4:30 pm EMERGING SONGS
Angola saudades from the one who loves you Dir. Richard Pakleppa (Angola/ 2005/ 65 min)
The civil war in Angola tore the country in two for twenty-seven years. Three years ago peace was negotiated. For the first time since the country's independence it is united, but it has also been totally destroyed. Nevertheless, Pakleppa opens his film with an optimistic promise: "Angola longs for a new future," sings a woman in Portuguese. A politician, an ambitious rapper, and a street urchin amidst the worst possible misery all tell how beautiful and rich Angola actually is.
6:00 pm INAUGURATION by Tara
6:30 pm SNAPSHOTS OF COURAGE
No More Tears Sister: An Anatomy of Hope and Betrayal Dir. Helene Klodawsky (Canada/2004/ 80 min)
A story of love, revolution and betrayal, "No More Tears Sister" explores the price of truth in times of war. Set during the violent ethnic conflict that has enveloped Sri Lanka over decades, the documentary recreates the courageous and vibrant life of renowed human rights activist Dr. Rajani Thiranagama. Mother, anatomy professor, author and symbol of hope, Rajani was assassinated at the age of thirty-five. 15 years after Rajani's death, her charismatic older sister Nirmala, a former Tamil militant and political prisoner, journeys back to Sri Lanka. She has decided to break her long silence about Rajani's passionate life and her brutal slaying. Joining her are Rajani's husband, sisters and grown daughters, as well as fellow activists forced underground. Stunningly photographed, using rare archival footage, intimate correspondence and poetic recreations, the film recounts Rajani's dramatic story and delves into rarely explored themes - revolutionary women and their dangerous pursuit of justice. (Columbus International Film and Video Festival, Worthington, USA, 2005)
10:30 am EMERGING SONGS
Kitte Mil Ve Mahi (Where the Twain Shall Meet) Dir. Ajay Bhardwaj (India/ 2005/ 72 min)
Travel to the heart of Punjab. Enter a world of Sufi shrines worshipped and looked after by Dalits. Listen to B.S. Balli Qawwal Paslewale, the first generation Dalit Qawwals born out of this tradition. Join a fascinating dialogue with Lal Singh Dil - a radical poet, a Dalit, converted to Islam. Meet the last living legend of the Gadar movement, Baba Bhagat Singh Bilga, who contests the subversion of a common past, while affirming a new consciousness among Dalits, within and beyond Punjab. "Kitte Mil Ve Mahi" is people's narrative of the little-known cultural/spiritual universe of Punjab.
Rebel Music Americas Dir. Malcolm Guy & Marie Botie (Canada/ 2004/ 79 min)
From Tierra del Fuego to the Rio Grande, the "other" Americas are in turmoil, and in the midst of the social and political movements rocking the region are four groups of passionate musicians. Theirs is the music of the America of the South - popular, dynamic, rebellious and more often than not "anti-American". It's the rhythms and voices of Afro-Colombian musicians from communities forcibly displaced by the military; of Lila Downs and the struggle of women and indigenous peoples in Mexico; of Santa Reveulta and unemployed workers blocking access to a refinery in Buenos Aires, and Chico Cesar joining a land occupation of the Landless Worker's Movement (MST) in Brazil. (Best Documentary, Roma Independent Film Festival, Rome, 2005)
1:30 pm EVERY WAR HAS ITS IMAGE
14 Episodes Dir. Murad Muzaev (Ukraine, Netherlands & Chechen Republic of Ichkerya/ 2004/ 9 min)
This documentary short consists direct and fragmentary narratives of dead, wounded and fleeing civilians and soldiers from the first and second Russian-Chechen wars. Torn metal, the bare face of death, helplessness - nothing is side-stepped, bearing testimony to the scale and severity of this extraordinarily savage war. The material was given by the Ukranian TV reporter Taras Protsuk, killed in Iraq on 8 April 2003, and also Adam Tepsurkaev (killed in Chechnya) and Islam Saydaev. (Award for Short Film Promoting Human Rights (special citation), Melbourne Film International Festival, Melbourne, Australia, 2005; Amnesty International Prize, International Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam, 2004)
Weapons of Mass Deception Dir. Danny Schechter (USA/ 2004/ 98 min)
There were two wars going on in Iraq. One was fought with armies of soldiers, bombs and a fearsome military force. The other was fought alongside it with cameras, satellites, armies of journalists and propanganda techniques. The TV networks in America considered their non-stop coverage their finest hour, but different countries saw different wars. Why? WMD explores this story with the findings of a gutsy, media insider-turned-outsider, former network journalist, Danny Schechter, who is also one of America's most prolific media critics. (Best Documentary, Denver International Film Festival, Denver, USA, 2004)
3:30 pm SNAPSHOTS OF COURAGE
Beauty Will Save the World Dir. Pietra Brettkelly (UK & New Zealand/2004/ 62 min)
Before Saddam and Osama, Colonel Muammar Gadaffi was one of the most reviled leaders in the West. Then in 2002 he hosted the first Miss Net World beauty pageant, a first for Libya. "Beauty Will Save the World" follows the exploits of 19 year-old Teca Zendik, the American contender for the crown. She sets out with her political loyalties in check, even refusing to wear the competition uniform - a tshirt emblazoned with Gadaffi's likeness. How then does she assume the position of honorary consul to the US for Libya in a mere matter of months? Marvel at how diplomatic ties are re-established between two nations while enjoying the behind-the-scenes antics of a beauty pageant.
5:00 pm CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
Justiça Dir. Maria Ramos (Netherlands/ 2004/ 102 min)
In Justiça, Maria Ramos puts a camera where many Brazilians have never been - a criminal courtroom in Rio de Janeiro, following the daily routine of several characters. There are those that work there every day (public attorneys, judges, and prosecutors) and those that are merely passing through (the accused). The camera is used as an instrument that sees the social theater, the structures of power -that is to say, what is, in general, invisible to us. With her options clear, and unobscured by her choice for sobriety and simplicity, Maria Ramos makes it evident that, like documentary making, justice is a long way from being impartial. How and for whom the judicial system works for in Brazil is the fundamental question dealt with in this film, without providing any definite answers or making preconceived judgements.
7:00 pm BIRTH OF A NEW SOUTH AFRICA
Homecoming Dir. Norman Maake (South Africa/ 2005/ 90 min) FEATURE
"Homecoming" is a story of loves lost, futures promised and the price of freedom, but above all it is about friendship. Set in 1996, it is a heart-wrenching thriller about three boyhood friends, ANC exiles, who come back home to post-apartheid South Africa. Charlie, Peter and Thabo are forced to deal with the realities of the apartheid era and their friendship begins to take on a new meaning. This feature's cast includes South Africa's most acclaimed actors.
10:30 am CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
Acting Like a Thief Dir. Kerim Friedman & Shashwati Talukdar (India & USA/ 2005/ 15 min) WORLD PREMIERE
"Acting Like a Thief" is a short film about the Budhan Theatre of Chharanagar. Starting with playwright Dakxin Bajrange discussing his arrest the film brings us inside the lives of a dedicated group of young actors and their families as they discuss what it means to be a "born criminal" and how theater changed their lives. The members of Budhan Theatre are Chhara tribals. They were notified as "born criminals" by the British, and imprisoned in a labor camp in Ahmedabad. After Indian independence they were de-notified, but the stigma of being a "born criminal" follows them to this day. (Playwright Dakxin Bajrange present for interaction)
Sisters in Law Dir. Kim Longinotto & Florence Ayisi (UK/ 2005/ 106 min)
Selected for Cannes this year, "Sisters in Law" is a totally fascinating - often hilarious - look at the work of one small courthouse in South West Cameroon. The two women at the heart of the doco wouldn't be out of place in an Alexander McCall Smith bestseller. As the State Counsel and Court President, they dispense wisdom, wisecracks and justice in fair measure. The victims of crime - an abused child, a woman daring to accuse a man of rape, and another trying to end a brutal marriage in a society where divorce is taboo -are handled with fierce compassion. You will feel like cheering when justice is served. (Prix Art Et Essai, Cannes, France, 2005)
1:15 pm IN A VEIN IRREVERENT
West Bank Story Dir. Ari Sandel (USA/ 2005/ 21 min)
A musical comedy set in the fast-paced, fast-food world of competing falalfel stands in the West Bank. David, an Israeli soldier, falls in love with the beautiful Palestinian cashier, Fatima, despite the animosity between their families' dueling restaurants. Can the couple's love withstand a 2000 year old conflict and their families' desire to control the future of the chickpea in the Middle East?
1:45 pm CIVIL STRUGGLES
The Take Dir. Avi Lewis (Canada/ 2004/ 87 min)
In the wake of Argentina's spectacular economic collapse in 2001, Latin America's most prosperous middle class finds itself in a ghost town of abandoned factories and mass unemployment. In suburban Buenos Aires, thirty unemployed auto-parts workers walk into their idle factory, roll out sleeping mats and refuse to leave. All they want is to re-start the silent machines. But this simple act - the take - has the power to turn the globalization debate on its head. Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein take viewers inside the lives of ordinary visionaries, as they reclaim their work, their dignity and their democracy.
Thirst Dir. Deborah Kaufman & Alan Snitow (USA/ 2004/ 62 min)
Is water part of a shared commons, a human right for all people? Or is it a commodity to be bought and sold in the global marketplace? Filmed in Bolivia, India and the USA, "Thirst" depicts communities struggling with these questions as water becomes the world's most valuable resource. This groundbreaking new film exposes how a global corporate drive to commodify the world's water inspires new movements against globalisation. (Filmmakers present) (The Chris Statuette, Columbus International Film Festival, Columbus, Ohio, 2004; 1st Prize (Environment & Social Justice), Earth Vision Film Festival, Santa Cruz, California, 2004; CINE Golden Eagle Award, Fall 2004)
4:30 pm BIRTH OF A NEW SOUTH AFRICA
Zulu Love Letter Dir. Ramadan Suleman (South Africa & France/ 2004/100 min) FEATURE
A keen and insightful psychological drama, Zulu Love Letter presents the emotional journey of two mothers searching for their daughters. Tormented by the haunting images and unrelenting grief of the past, single mother and journalist Thandi has difficulty communicating with her estranged daughter, Mangi. Thirteen-year old Mangi is deaf and dumb due to the beating that the pregnant Thandi received at the same time that her friends, Mike and Dineo, were murdered by an Apartheid hit squad. Mike and Dineo's fate pursues her, especially when Dineo's mother appears requesting that Thandi testify before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. (Grand Prix Du Mellieur Scenariste - Special Jury Award, organised by Sopadin, France, 2001)
6:30 pm RESCREENING: Jury Prize Winner
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Tuesday, January 17, 2006
A 737 submerged!
A retired Boeing 737 has been submerged in British Columbia, in the process turning it into Reef. The Artificial Reef Society of British Columbia took care of the process and also cut 10-inch holes in the wings to encourage marine life to start colonization! The pics are great!
22nd Jan: TRAVELOGUES - a theatre production
"Yours Truly Theatre
TRAVELOGUES - a theatre production
On 22nd January, 2006 at 7:00 PM | Venue: Yavanika
"I must have been 5-6 year old when i was traveling with my parents from Chennai to gujrat. The train was very crowded. Though my parents were in same boogie, their seats were in different cabin. I immediately ran to top seater from where i could have a complete view. i could see a bald man sitting right below me. My elder brother bought tea for me and he was passing it on to me, the train shook and the tea..."
This is karan shah story. Ever wondered if you could share your traveling experience? Come watch and be part of this special journey.
Venue: Yavanika (State Sports Youth Center)
Near RBI, infront of mythic library
Don't be in waiting list. Book your tickets.
Tickets are priced at Rs. 50/-, for more details contact 98452-43051 or 9845853093"
Evam Art Show: Mumbai 20-24th Jan
'PAINTING NEW THEATRE'
TO RAISE FUNDS FOR INTERNATIONAL RESIDENCY FOR THEATRE RESEARCH & PERFORMANCE
TAO ART GALLERY, WORLI, (NEXT TO NEHRU CENTRE), MUMBAI
OPENING 7 PM ON 20 JANUARY 2006
SHOW 21-24 JANUARY 2006
BUSINESS ENQUIRIES: 9820192778, 39400752
Monday, January 16, 2006
GIR X: Feb17-19, Delhi
"Levi's GIR will celebrate it's 10th year this February 2006. GIR will happen this year in Delhi on the 17-18-19th of February 2006. 12 Indian Bands will compete, 3 Indian bands will headline, and 3 International bands will perform too. Mumbai will have a mini-1-day-GIR too.
Genre: Hard Rock
Genre: Post Hardcore Punk
Also an 8 member delegation from Norwegian Rock Industry consisting of labels, festival promoters, journalists etc. will come to GIR to check out the Indian Rock scene and connect with bands, managers, and fest organizers in India.
Visit www.rsjonline.com for more details.."
Saturday, January 14, 2006
Air Deccan Jan/Feb '06 Lowest fares
Can you get better fares than this? I dont think so! So, fly away... Logon to airdeccan.net
A Tribute to MS Subbalakshmi
Dance recital by Ms. Nithya Venkateshwaram, at Gayana samaj Bangalore.
Yantra Mantra @ Opus
14th jan, sat night live :
hindustani, carnatic, jazz
jagadeesh - guitar, prashanth - bass, madhuri - vocals, karthik mani - drums / percussions, prakash sontakke - vocals & hawaiian guitar, sarah buchi - vocals
for artist profiles http://opusbangalore.blogspot.com/
entry - Rs 149/-
fri : retro dj dance nights
wed and sun : Kroaknights
mon and tues : rock bottom nights
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The National Festival of Veena
Already a day late! Never mind..
"The National Festival of Veena to be held in bangalore for 2 days 13th Jan and 14th Jan 13th Jan - 6:30 onwards
Presentation of the Veena Foundation Award to Shrimati Padmavathi Ananthagopalan "Veenarpuna",
Followed by Veena Recital by
Shrimati Padmavathi Ananthagopalan
Suma Sudhindra and B. Divya
Chowdiah memorial hall
GD Park Extn,
Jan 14th - 5:00 PM onwards
Veena Recital by
D. Balakrishna and
at Yavanika, Mrupatunga Road, State youth Centre Bangalore - 1"
BFS Film Study Circle Invitation
Hope you have received our New Year greetings. We start of this year with a festival of films of Walter Salles, the renowned Brazilian filmmaker.
Saturday 14th Jan.
3pm. Central Station
Sharing of our thoughts on the film. Tea
6.pm. Foreign Land
Sunday 15th Jan. 3pm. Motorcycle Diaries
Discussion on the films (all three). Tea
6pm Dark Waters
Venu: No.33/1-9 Thyagaraja Layout
Jaibharath nagar, M.S. Nagar P O
Bangalore 560 033. Ph 25492774/25492779
Land mark: Jaibharath Nagar petrol bunk. Exactly opp. the petrol bunk there is a lane. Approx. 200 meters straight on to your right there is a two storied building with tiled roof. The compound has bamboo bushes. There you are.
This is the BFS Film Study Circle. Watch some good films. Share your thoughts and enjoy the circle.
Spread the word. Bring your friends!
D Narahari Joint Secretary"
Collective Chaos: January Screenings
Collective chaos welcomes you to 2006 screenings with three award winning films by three contemporary masters and two short films.
13 Jan 06 Friday 6. 45 pm The Man Without a Past Aki Kaurismaki 96 min / Finland / 2002
14 Jan 06 Saturday 6. 30 pm Looters (Short Film) Arun Kumar 10 min / UK / 2002
14 Jan 06 Saturday 6. 45 pm The Wind Will Carry Us Abbas Kiarostami 118 min / Iran / 1999
15 Jan 06 Sunday 6. 00 pm Eating Out (Short Film) Arun Kumar 10 min / UK / 2004
15 Jan 06 Sunday 6. 15 pm Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring Kim Ki Duk 103 min / S Korea / 2003
At CFD, Sona Towers, Millers Road http://www.collectivechaos.org/location_cfd.html
For synopses and other details: http://www.collectivechaos.org/current_schedule.html
Please Note: Enrty by membership only. Please reach the venue 30 min earlier for the membership. Annual membership now open: Rs. 500. Students: Rs. 250 (On producing Student ID). For more details call: 5765 3858
Bookings open for travel between 1 February 2006 to 31 March 2006 on 24 ATR flights on Kolkata and North-East sectors
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10 January 2006,
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