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Embassy of Sweden unveiled Rabindranath Tagore’s “Sand Sculpture” in Puri

- To mark the centenary of his Nobel Prize in Literature
- As part of The Sweden India Nobel Memorial Week 2013

The sand sculpture, created by international award-winning sand artist, Mr Sudarshan Pattnaik, was unveiled on the shore of the Bay of Bengal by Ms Frida Zaric, Counsellor, the Embassy of Sweden in India.

On the occasion Mr. Sudarshan Pattnaik, said: “It is a matter of pride for me to create the sand sculpture and honor Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore with the Embassy of Sweden. The contribution of his work has given India recognition all over the world.”

On the occasion, Ms. Frida Zaric lauded Mr. Sudarshan Pattnaik’s creativity and said: “The Embassy of Sweden is delighted to celebrate the Centenary of Rabindranath Tagore's Nobel Prize in Literature – the first non-European to receive one in literature and the first Indian to be awarded the prestigious Nobel Prize. The Sand Sculpture is indeed a unique way to honor him.”

About The Sweden India Nobel Memorial Week 2013:
The Sweden India Nobel Memorial Week is a high-profile, multi-city, multi-activity annual event organized by the Embassy of Sweden in India in cooperation with leading Swedish businesses in India. The week is instituted in memory of Swedish innovator, entrepreneur and philanthropist Alfred Nobel and celebrates the Indian Nobel Laureates as well. The seventh edition of The Sweden-India Nobel Memorial Week pays a tribute to Rabindranath Tagore, the first Indian to win the prestigious Nobel Prize and non-European to win a Nobel Prize in Literature, on the 100th year anniversary of his winning the prize.

The programme across eight cities: New Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Mumbai October 25th- November 16th 2013.

24 hours Special Webcast for Deepavali

As a grand treat to art lovers on Deepavali day, Paalam had a special programme – “Kadambam” which featured 24 hours nonstop webcast of quality music, dance and drama programmes starting on 2nd November 2013 at 4.30 am and concluded on 3rd November 4.30am. The 24 hour programme included a variety fare of Karnatic vocal and instrumental music, namasankeertanam, dance, drama, lecture-demonstration, bhajans, film music – Hindi and Tamil and music ensemble. It featured 72 programmes and had 307 artists participating in it. Two dramas, “ Naan vedithaal Deepavali” and “Super Kudumbam” were also webcast.

Three visual miniature art handcreated compositions
were on display for all ages
Shankaracharya - A Sacred Throw of Dice - artist Uma Nagraj
A Playful encounter with Devi
Garudaagamana - A Trumpeting Surrender - artist Deepika Dorai
Arrival of MahaVishnu to the rescue of a Bhakta
Gangaavatarana- An ethereal tryst - artist Deepika Dorai
A Goddess descends
Rasalok Still theatre of miniature art - Parallel solo theatre performances were held on November 2nd and 3rd of two of the above moments in separate mini-theatre rooms at 5 pm and 630pm- for all ages above 6 years.
Dates: November 2, 3,4
Time : 11am to 5pm all three days( viewing only) .Open to all ages
5pm and 645 pm of 90 minutes each ( 2 parallel solo theatre performances of miniature moments )
Venue: Rasalok Mini -theatre, Aangana , Bimba The Art Ashram, 42 Ratna Vilas Road (DVG road corner), Near Nagasandra circle Basavangudi, Bengaluru 4
Language: English/ Kannada
Call: Deepak 9886635069/ 08026622639
Rasalok is now recognised by ICCR - a Culture wing of the Central Govt - as a separate unique solo art form - Still Theatre Tradition from Karnataka

Maham Parampara presented "OCTOBER ALAPANAI"- A festival to promote the talent of the stars of tomorrow in the field of carnatic and folk music, classical and folk dance from 11-13 October 2013.
Venue: Rajarathinam Hall

Navarathiri Festival at the World Heritage Monument, Thanjavur Big Temple for nine days from October 5-13, 2013 organized by The South Zone Cultural Centre, Thanjavu, assisted by the Palace Devasthanam and Forum of Friends, SZCC.


, commemorated the 21st death anniversary of its founder, Kathakali maestro, the late Kalamandalam Krishnankutty Poduval, as GURUSMARANADINAM (Homage to Gurus) on Monday, October 14, 2013 at NARADAGANA SABHA, TTK ROAD, CHENNAI, by honouring eminent performing artists and gurus in Chennai.

Shri Krishnankutty Poduval, was a legendary player of the chenda and an informed critic of Kathakali. He studied the visual grammar and rhythmic structure of Kathakali under Guru Pattikkamthodi Ravunni Menon and went on to reinterpret the chenda‘s role in Kathakali. Poduval was reputed for tracing subtle emotions in the characters with his chenda, providing mood music to romantic scenes and prompting the actors to do their best on stage. His holistic understanding of Kathakali helped him integrate music with each visual. This remains an unparalleled achievement. Poduval scripted and directed many Kathakali plays like Bhishmaprathignya, Amba, King Lear, and Snapakacharitham, to name a few. He left behind a treasure trove of knowledge on Kerala’s performing arts in general and on Kathakali in particular - both at the theoretical and practical

Kalasagar has been annually celebrating its founder’s birthday on May 28 with events which have become a part of the cultural calendar of Kerala with the active support and participation of well-wishers. In May 2008, Kerala Kalamandalam published MELAPERUKKAM, a book containing Poduval’s articles and in May 2009, Kerala Kalamandalam published SOURYAGUNAM, Poduval’s biography written by Prof. K P Babudas.

Kalasagar Award in memory of Kalamandalam Krishnankutty Poduval is being presented to eminent artists in the field of Kathakali, Ottenthullal, Chakyarkuthu, Thayambaka, Panchavadyam, Bharathanatyam, Mohiniyattom, Kuchipudi. The awardees are selected through nominations from art lovers.

The Guru’s honoured at the Chennai event on October 14, were Dr. Padma Subramaniam and Prof. A Janardhanan of Kalakshetra, Chennai.

The evening’s programme started with dance by the students of Triveni School of Dance, Chennai followed by presentation of ASHTAPADIYATTAM a dance drama based on Jaydeva’s Geetha Govindam conceptualized and choreographed by Kalamandalam Krishnankutty Poduval and produced and directed by Rajan Poduval with the support of Kalamandalam Vijayakrishnan and Shri Vinayan and Kalamandalam Maya of Triveni School of Classical Dance, Chennai.
For more details, contact Rajan Poduval, Secretary, Kalasagar (9282449995)

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Ashtapadiyattam tries a Kerala return
- T.K. Sreevalsan, The Hindu, August 4, 2013

An Exhibition of Photographs by Suresh Punjabi curated by Christopher Pinney titled “Studio Suhag” @ Art Heritage Gallery, opening with a book launch by Chritopher Pinney “Artisan Camera: Studio photography from Central India”.
Duration: 25th September – 9th October (except Sundays and Bank Holidays)
Time: Daily 11am-7pm
(Opening: 25th September, 2013 at 5.30 pm)
Studio Suhag provides a glimpse into small-town India – Nagda, an industrial town in Madhya Pradesh in the late 1970s. The exhibition presented the highlights of some two thousand or so images salvaged after the monsoon of 2010 by the Visual Anthropologist Christopher Pinney in collaboration with Suresh Punjabi, the Studio owner.

Studio Suhag has always been a space for fantasy, a chamber of dreams where clients (sometimes using propos available in the studio) would incarnate themselves as glamorous brides-to-be (dangling plastic grapes), impressively attired professionals, or filmi heroes and villains. It was also the venue for villagers and townspeople to celebrate festivals, friendship and family. At Eid customers brought in their goats to be photographed, so filled were they with love and pride. At Rakshabandan brothers and sisters arrived at the studio so that their enduring bonds might be rendered photographically permanent. At the end of the month of Shravan, when many men grew their beards as an outward sign of their fast, they arrived to be photographed en-route to the barber. All of this took place in a claustrophobic space captured in medium format with Suresh’s battered Yashica.

Studio Suhag! presents a city in effigy, undoubtedly the most comprehensive and significant archive relating to the everyday life of Nagda Jn, Madhya Pradesh (and possibly any similar-sized town), in the late twentieth century. It makes visible a vernacular modernism, a lost way of small-town life with all its improvised inventions through images that also dramatize the limits and potential of photography.

Suresh Punjabi continues to run Studio Suhag in Nagda Jn, Madhya Pradesh. It is now completely digital.

Christopher Pinney is Professor of Anthropology and Visual Culture at University College, London. His book Camera Indica: The Social Life of Indian Photographs (1997) drew heavily upon conversations with Suresh Punjabi whom he has known since 1982. His research interests cover the art and visual culture of South Asia, with a particular focus on the history of photography and chromolithography in India. He has also worked on industrial labor and Dalit goddess possession.

An Exhibition of Photographs by Cop Shiva titled “My Life is my Message”
Duration: 25th September – 9th October (except Sundays and Bank Holidays)
Time: Daily 11am-7pm
(Opening: 25th September, 2013 at 5.30 pm)
In this exhibition Shiva presents 2 bodies of work – communicating the interplay of shifting identities as his subjects live out two lives – one real, and the other fictional. This sense of ‘duality’ reflects a split in the artist himself, as he moves between his vocation as a policeman by day, and his passion for photography in his leisure time. This journey through life leads ‘Cop Shiva’ (the photographer’s professional title) to two middleclass individuals - Basavaraju and Vidyasagar - who inhabit different worlds as part of their ‘normal’ daily routine, capturing the process of their transformations.

B. S. Shivaraju aka Cop Shiva is a policeman in real life and learnt photography so as to document events. Hailing from a village near Bangalore, he focuses on shooting people and ‘portraiture’ as a genre. He is fascinated with the idea of masquerade and the roles people play in public and private. Shiva continues to capture the diversity of humans who live on the edge, those who represent, most acutely, the spirit of our times.
Venue: Art Heritage Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, 205, Tansen Marg, New Delhi 110001
Contact: +91-11-23719470

"MACHINE MANUSHYA", an art exhibition by Baadal Nanjundaswamy

on 1st Sept, 2013 Sunday, 5:30pm. Show open til 5th Sept, 2013
at Sabrang Art Gallery, Sarswathipuram, Mysore.
Timing;- 10.30 am to 8.30 pm
Contact: H G kumar Gowrav, Subrang Art Gallery
Ph: 9686951113 / 0821-4192841
# 656/c, 17th Main, 5th Cross, opposite Royal English School, Sarswathipuram, Mysore - 570009

Select artists came together as the Artistes Collective
to exhibit and raise funds for Uttarakhand - a collection of some excellent works for a cause. At the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi.
Photos: Anoop Arora


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Mahakumbabishekam of Sri Dharmavalli Ambal samedha Sri Karavandheeswara Swami Thirukovil
Thanjavur district, Papanasam, Udayaarkovil

About the temple
Sri Dharmavalli Ambal samedha Shri Karavandheeswara Swamy temple is situated in a village called Odayarkoil, which is about 20 KM from Thanjavur, Tamilnadu, called in earler years as “the granary of South India”. Odayarkoil is a small village, consisting of two administrative units, viz. Keelakovilpathu and Vadapatty with a population of not more than 1000 households and 5000 people. The Temple has inscriptions of the Chola King Rajendra Chola I, son of the Great Raja Raja Chola, who built the BIG Temple of Thanjavur. Rajendra Chola I is called the Greater son of A Great Father.
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"Earth Sensitive Art"

Apr 4 - Apr 10, 2013 everyday at Bimba, The Art Ashram
Earth Sensitive Art - an exhibition of works by artist Deepika Dorai. Art and artefacts created over the last few years in and around the 100 year old building restored by her and in surrounding spaces architected and handcrafted from Earthy features - a reflection of life values that tells many a story in handmade Green Art.
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#42, ratnavilas road (opp canara bank dvg road branch/near nagasandra circle)
For more details call Deepak (9886635069)

Kalakendra celebrated the timeless magic of stories and story tellers, this World Story Telling Day.

Of the many ways in which we learn new ideas and expand our creative and intellectual horizons, the one that appeals the most to all of us irrespective of our age is learning through stories. Indeed, it is what we learn through stories that stay with us for years, remaining vivid in our memories because of the images they invoke in our minds.

Free previews of different story telling styles that will appeal to listeners of all ages.
Saamarthiya Kadhaigal is an interesting collection of moral based stories for children rendered in Tamil by E.Jothi. The ancient Indian tradition of Harikatha, is among the oldest forms of storytelling which integrate music, mime and literature, elevating the text from being merely a literary work to a complete aesthetic experience. Choice vignettes from Dushhyant Sridhar's contemporary rendition of Harikatha Srinivasa Kalyanam ( the legendary T S Balakrishna Sastrigal's inimitable rendition of the Bhagavatam

Excerpts from Kalki's Tamil classic, "Sivagamiyin Sabatham", forever enshrined in the hearts of millions of readers across the world as one of the best works of Tamil historical fiction.

With great joy at being able to do our bit to promote traditional forma of story telling,
Kalakendra Team
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Sri Geetagovinda Pratisthana presented Third Edition of Ashtapadi Festival, The Complete Experience of Jayadeva’s Geetagovinda
on March 9 and10, 2013, 6.30pm at Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi.

In this is 3rd edition of this unique festival, the Geetagovinda Pratisthana presented thirteen of the songs of the Geetagovinda in major Indian classical dance forms – Bharatanatyam, Odissi, Kuchipudi and Mohiniattam. The festival featured some classic choreography by all time greats like Kelucharan Mahapatra, Vempatti Chinna Satyam as well as some recent and new choreography. Senior dancers Madhavi Mudgal (Odissi), Deepti Omcheri Bhalla (Mohiniattam) and young maestros Sathyanarayana Raju (Bharatnatyam) and Srimayi Vempati (Kuchipudi) performed in the festival. Dr. Subas Pani curated the festival as its creative director.

Dec 29, 2012 - Jan 8, 2013
A commemorative paintings exhibition on Mother Teresa, Communicator of Passion

33 paintings by 23 artists from 6 states produced in National Artists' Camp in 2011, the birth centenary year of Mother Teresa of Kolkata.

Organised by Art and Soul in collaboration with Official Social Communications, Catholic Bishops; Conference of India (CBCI-OSC), New Delhi
Inauguration on 29th Dec 2102, 6pm

Participating artists:
Alphonso Arul Doss, Anita Vegas, Augustine Annadurai, TM Azis, CB Bahuleyan, Benny Paul, Blaise Joseph, Francis Kodenkandath, R Jacob Jebaraj, S Jayaraj, John Pereira, G Johnson, OC Martin, KT Mathai, Norman Tagore, G Raman, Ritu Singh, K Roy Thomas, Roy M Thottathil SJ, Saju Thuruthil, Sam Adaikalasamy, Suman Bhuyan, M Suriya Moorthy
Venue: Gallery Art and Soul, 204 - A, East Coast Road, Akkarai, Chennai - 600119 ; Ph: 91 44 24530033 / 91 72997 73311 ; email:
11am to 9 pm. Monday Holiday