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The Park of Possibilities

December 19, 2009

Date: Saturday 19 Dec 2009

Time: 4pm sharp

Meeting Point:

the old watchtower inside the Freedom park complex

The event:

Join us in the old Central Jail complex, now adapted into the award winning Freedom Park – ‘where the past appears and disappears as fragments in a dream’.

Walk with Soumitro Ghosh and Nisha Mathew, partners M/S Mathew Ghosh Architects Private Limited to understand their vision to transform the concept of the Jail with its panoptical prison design, discipline and isolation into an Urban Park – one that welcomes people and experience ‘the beauty of the ruin and the landscape which dissolves, dematerialises and proposes new foci.

You might also wish to join in the workshops, see the exhibits and performances, which are part of the ongoing Dance Jathre 09, organised by the Shambavi School of Dance at the same venue (www.schoolofkuchipudi.com)

 Directions:

If you are approaching KR Circle from Vidhana Soudha then at the circle turn right onto Seshadri Road. The park entrance is a few hundred metres to your left on this road. Parking is available near the entrance. (it might be crowded due to the ongoing Dance Jathre)

Note:

BBMP charges a nominal entry fee to enter the park

Acknowledgements:

Mathew Ghosh Architects Pvt Ltd.

Madhayama Prasaram Scientific Research Foundation

Artist Suresh Jayaram

Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan Bangalore

Shambavi School of Dance

UDBHAVA Forum

World AIDS Day

December 19, 2009

World AIDS Day Commemoration Programme
Universal Access and Human Rights

As you all know, we observe 1 December as World AIDS Day and reiterate our commitment to unite in the response to HIV. The theme for World AIDS Day 2009 is Universal Access and Human Rights, which is critical to protect human rights and attain access for all to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.

As done in the previous years, Madhyama Prasaran and Scientific Research Foundation is facilitating a series of events through the next two weeks. This year’s focus is to make vulnerable populations like children, MSM, transgenders and IDU’s aware of their rights and create a health seeking behaviour. This will include various activities like public rally, workshops, street plays, public lectures, etc. This will engage both the general public as well as members from specific communities.

We will keep you posted about the various events. We look forward to welcoming you in large numbers in making this programme a grand success.

Let us all unite and demonstrate a strengthened response to the HIV epidemic.

1 December 2009

8:30 am onwards: Public Rally starting from Mysore Bank circle

11:00 am: Public Lecture on current situation at Ambedkar Bhavan

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Theatre Workshop (Falicitated jointly by Rahul George, Join The Dots) with community members at Band Stand, Cubbon Park.

5:15pm – 5:45 pm: 30 min performance by workshop participants followed by interaction with audience.

All are Welcome

Dr Dayaprasad G Kulkarni
Vice-President
Madhyama Prasaran and Scientific Research Foundation
              +919844014223        

drdayaprasad@mpsrf.com

The Ballad of East and West

December 19, 2009

 

BCP Urban Space Event

DATE: SATURDAY, 31 OCTOBER 2009
TIME: 8 AM (Sharp!)
MEETING POINT: St. Mark’s Cathedral
THE EVENT MAP (Click to Enlarge)
‘OH, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet.’ The chorus of Rudyard Kipling’s famous Ballad of East and West can aptly be applied to Bangalore – a city of layers – a twin city with the European Cantonment to the East and the Indian Pettah to the West and Cubbon Park in between planned as a visual barrier to separate the two! Join us to find out if the two ever met and along the way experience a bit of Cantonment life along with a few surprises thrown in. EastWest.jpg

This is a limited participation. Please call               9986023014         9986023014 in advance to register for the event.


Walk Route:

Starting at St Mark’s Cathedral,
Into Cubbon Park through Victoria Statue entrance.
Bandstand, Attara Kutcheri (rear), Seshadri Iyer Hall
Ending at the Museum

DIRECTIONS

St Mark’s cathedral is on MG road. Please enter through the gate on the other i.e. Koshy’s side and wait at the BCP USE banner.

TIPS

– Remember to bring a cap, umbrella and a bottle of water.
– You can park on the road in front of St Mark’s Cathedral or inside Cubbon park near Victoria Statue. The event will close at the Museum, a short walk away (about half a km).
– Overall the walk will be about 2.5 to 3 Km and the event will last about 3 hours.

TIME-SCHEDULE

8:00 am – commence event at St Mark’s Cathedral
by 9:00 am – reach Bandstand to relive the Old Bangalore in a 10min Performance*
by 10:00 am – reach Seshadri Iyer Hall
11:00 am – close event at Museum

Event Partners:

INTACH Bangalore Chapter
MPSR Foundation (Madhyama Prasaran and Scientific Research Foundation)
UDBHAVA Forum

* Credits for the performance
JoinTheDots, Karthikeyan Ramadas, Raghunandan Partha (Script), Mukesh Ghatiya, Nikhil Shetty, Meenakshi Mehta, Rahul George (Direction), Dayaprasad G Kulkarni (concept and Co-direction).

“Places I Like”

August 14, 2009

“Places I Like”

a photography exhibition

Fifteen Bangaloreans explored through the photographic medium the “Places They Like” in Bangalore under the guidance of German Photographer Stefan Koppelkamm as part of a workshop organised by the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore.

Exhibition Inauguration: August 14, 6.30 p.m
Exhibition on display: August 15 to 29 (9.00 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.)

The reasons why we live in a particular city or a particular area in a city, or why we frequent certain places are not necessarily the same as those used by a city to attract tourists or enhance its image. Every city has places which are of no great interest to tourists, buildings that are not memorials, residential areas that are not very prestigious, but where people feel at home notwithstanding. Places that play a role in collective memory, or places linked to individual lives, places with special spatial or social qualities.

Such places could be areas of the city, individual streets, squares and parks, or even stores, markets, cafés or the little cinema on the corner, with which the residents have a special relationship.

The objective of the workshop in the first place is to define the subjective and personal criteria that determine the “quality of life” in a city. The focus is more on the routine and normal, rather than the unusual. Social aspects of the city (neighbourliness, the presence of smaller stores and cottage industries, etc.) that are not immediately discernible to outsiders are more important than “good” architecture and design.

It could even help in making clear the qualities of certain places or buildings that have no lobby, and provide a defence against urban planning, that all too often is based on criteria alien to the residents of the locality.

Venue

Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan
716 CMH Road
Indiranagar 1st Stage
Bangalore 560 038
Ph: +91 80 2520 5305/06/07/08-203

Participating:

Dayaprasad G Kulkarni, Deepti Jois, Mallikarjun Katakol, Peeyush Sekhsaria, Apurva Mathad, Aniruddha Ghosh, Rahil Arora, Rajesh Pandey, Ravi Shankar Kolara, Swarna Kumarswamy, Arnab Dey, Kusum Dhar Prabhu, Rajeev Malagi, Archana Venson, Jyothy Karat

Kudos Onooja…. Great Going!!!!!

May 29, 2009

She is a budding Assamese actor presently having a relatively busy schedule in Mumbai, thanks to German playwright Bertolt Brecht’s operas, based not on conventional lifestyles, but beyond, where the rules of society are not rigid and confirmed, and where there is ample scope for innovative acting. The operas, directed by Chandan Roy Sanyal, are set to be staged at the National Centre for Performing Arts and Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai, followed by a scheduled tour of Bangalore later. Yes, she is the one and only Onooja Bhuyan, daughter of Manu Bhuyan and SN Bhuyan of Lachit Nagar, Guwahati.

Onooja featured in Assam Tribune, May 2009, Panorama Section!!!!

Onooja featured in Assam Tribune, May 2009, Panorama Section!!!!

 

She was recently in the city for a short visit. A psychology graduate from Christ College, Bangalore, Onooja’s passion for acting – that took shape during the play Charlotte’s Web enacted by the students of Maria’s Public School in 2000, and staged at Kalakshetra for three evenings – led her to join the Join the Dots Group, Bangalore, where her acting skills got nurtured through six plays staged at the Centre for Film and Dramatics there, under the intense glare of theatre critics and the general public. Then, to further hone her skills, Onooja joined Anupam Kher’s Actor Prepares school in Mumbai for a three-month specialised acting and film appreciation course under the watchful eyes of FTII graduate Hemendra Bhatia and NSD pass-out Yashraj Yadav and other visiting expert faculty members, she informs. There, she was familiarised with the different artistic genres, including the natural way of acting under Cannes Film Festival specialist Amit Kumar, Onooja says, adding that Actor Prepares also makes the artistes resort to routine yoga to enhance their concentration, stamina, besides making them adept in Bollywood, jazz and contemporary dances. Precisely, the Actor Prepares courses provide the aspirants with ample inputs, making them proficient in camera, scene work, theatre exercises, monologues, story build-up, direction, giving a compact but solid knowhow of the entire filmmaking process, Onooja says. Onooja’s maiden professional debut was through Manju Bora’s five-episode TV serial Upalabdhir Anugrah, which is set for telecast in DD, Guwahati shortly, she says, adding, “I’m focussing only on acting with total dedication for serials, movies, short films and ad films sans any language bar”, meaning, she is ready to try it out in South Indian, Bengali and any other language, besides, of course, Hindi and Assamese, ‘if the offers suit my taste’, she says. Its story is profound and emphasizes the importance of developing friendship for the sake of humanity amidst the backdrop of the menacing religious divide, Onooja says, informing about Upalabdhir Anugrah, where her co-actors in the lead roles included Juri Sarma and Pankaj Saikia. She has also acted in a short film titled Doll’s Play for Alliance Francaise. Onooja versatile looks – she appears a different person in different photos – coupled with a desire to achieve something big with her dedication and passion for acting, compensate for her lack of a robust stature and she really appears firm on the road to glitz and glamour – her portfolio photographs shot by Mumbai’s Pinki Manchandani tell just that. Besides, her mother Manu says, “We don’t owe any credit for whatever she has achieved in her choosen field till date, for she has ventured in the line all alone, albeit with our support and blessings.”

Simanta Bhagawati

Join the Dots presents……

May 27, 2009

“The center of the stage is where I am.”

 
Capture this feeling in you…..all in three hours….
 
 
 
A three hour theatre workshop that is designed for anyone from 14-65 years.
 
A concept that allows you to – 
Express yourself openly
Tap into the hidden talents that you wish to nurture
Find an outlet for your brilliant ideas
Own the joy of creating a new identity in every session
Meet people from different walks of life
Understand yourself and others with an open mind
Pursue a hobby that gets more interesting just by your presence
Perform for an audience
 
Join the interactive theatre experience…
 
 

Date: 30th May 2009 (Saturday)
Duration: 3 hours
Timing: 2.30 – 5.30 pm
Registration fee: Rs.500/-
 

Venue: MILESTONE (Amelio MediCorp),
No. 7, Norris Road, Richmond Town, Bangalore- 25.

Geckos – Poor mans Dinosaur!!!

May 21, 2009

Geckos are small to average sized lizards belonging to the family Gekkonidae which are found in warm climates throughout the world. Geckos are unique among lizards in their vocalizations, making chirping sounds in social interactions with other geckos.

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There are an estimated 2,000 different species of geckos worldwide, with many in existence still yet to be found. The name stems from the Indonesian/Javanese word gekok, imitative of its cry. The Malay word for gecko is cicak.

All geckos, excluding the Eublepharinae family, have no eyelids and instead have a transparent membrane which they lick to clean. Many species will, in defense, expel a foul-smelling material and feces onto their aggressors. There are also many species that will drop their tails in defense, a process called autotomy.

Many species are well known for their specialized toe pads that enable them to climb smooth and vertical surfaces, and even cross indoor ceilings with ease (it has been suggested that the Van der Waal’s force may contribute to this capability).

These antics are well-known to people who live in warm regions of the world, where several species of geckos make their home inside human habitations. These species (for example the House Gecko) become part of the indoor menagerie and are seldom really discouraged because they feed on insects.

Scientific classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Reptilia

Order: Squamata

Suborder: Lacertilia

Family: Gekkonidae {Gray, 1825}

Subfamilies

Aeluroscalabotinae

Eublepharinae

Gekkoninae

Teratoscincinae

Diplodactylinae

WORKSHOPS GALORE!!!

May 16, 2009

Join the dots invites you to Workshops this weekend…
 
1. Personal Development – Connecting with people
 The theatre workshop is designed to allow individuals to experience ways and means of connecting with people around them and building genuine relationships.
Date: 16th May (Saturday)
Duration: 3 hour workshop from 2.30 – 5.30 pm
Venue: 5th floor, Times of India Building, MG Road
Registration fee: Rs. 500/-
Contact person: Meenakshi- +91-98455-70014
 
2. Kaleidoscope – A theatre workshop created exclusively for children and parents to explore creativity.
Focus will be on enhancing communication between parents and children – giving them a platform to collaborate creatively
Date – 17th May 2009 (Sunday)
Duration: 3 hour workshop from 10am – 1pm
Venue: MILESTONE (Amelio MediCorp),
No. 7, Norris Road, Richmond Town, Bangalore- 25.
Registration fee: Rs.1000/- per parent and child.
Contact person: Meenakshi- +91-98455-70014
 
3. Staged – A theatre workshop created exclusively for couples
 Couples will experience the exhilaration, the fun, the irony and the melodrama of relationships integrated into theatre. Focus will be on giving couples an opportunity to get to know a little more about each other via this creative workshop.
Date – 17th May 2009 (Sunday)
Duration: 3 hour workshop from 2.30 – 5.30pm
Venue: MILESTONE (Amelio MediCorp),
No. 7, Norris Road, Richmond Town, Bangalore- 25.
Registration fee: Rs.1000/- per couple.
Contact person: Meenakshi- +91-98455-70014

MUSIC for a cause

May 12, 2009
Music Video for song created by Music Director Ricky Kej protesting against the unnecessary chopping of trees to pave way for the Metro in Bangalore.
Lyrics and singer: Avinash Chebbi.
Starring: Kitty, Kiran, Charu Sharma and Muddu Krishna.

 

Mr. Ricky Kej, friend and well known Music Director, Ad Jingle producer and Musician has extended his support for the campaign against felling of the trees in Lalbagh and development of Metro. Ricky Kej has composed a jingle as a tribute to nature.

Listen to it here and feel free to download and forward it to all Bangloreans.

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April 22, 2009

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