Child in Distress
Padamshri Jagan Nath Kaul delivered a talk on
A Child in Distress (Aug 29). He Emphasized on the importance of every
individual, institution and society in paying attention towards a child in
distress, Children are future and hope of any nation and the success story
of a nation is connected to a child's all round growth.
Mr. Kaul emphasized on the need to protect
children orphaned by natural and man-made calamities. He also spoke of
the need to protect women who were deserted and hapless. Protecting
one woman is protecting one family, he said.
Mr. Kaul shared his vast experience as some
one who has been in this service for decades now.
Mr. Kaul, a recipient of numerous awards,
including Padmashri founded the first SOS Village in India way back in
1963. Since then he has established a medical centre etc.
|China-India: Mutual Impressions
Historically, Indian subcontinent was the
only periphery of China which was not seen as one occupied by barbarian
forces. Indeed, Indian subcontinent was known to China as Western
Heaven (tian zhu) and there was regular traffic between the two
societies since ancient times. Though this traffic came to somewhat
slow down from 10th century, it was their interface during the
colonial era that was particularly negative.
Prof. Swaran Singh, Associate Professor at
the Centre for International Politics, Organisation and Disarmament,
Jawaharlal Nehru University in a lecture (Aug.23) said it is the period of
colonial rule that laid the foundations of mutual suspicions though there
existed some links between leaders of their respective freedom struggle all
And since, unlike China, India's transfer of
power was smooth and we continued with British Indian institutions and
policies, China denounced the Indian leadership as bourgeoisie or stooge of
Western countries. This defeated their wish to build close friendship
and ended in a border war in 1962 followed by a long diplomatic
freeze. Though the two have mended their ties since early 1970 and
tried to turn the focus to their pre-colonial ties, mutual skepticism
continues to slow down the initiatives.
|Ballad of Chandu
India's folk traditions have some of the
richest oral literature. The Ballad of Chandu, in Garhwal is
one such gem. This ballad tells the story of a deadly rivalry between
five Phundata brothers and the sixty Kauravas (the latter were defeated).
Prof. William S.Sax, professor of Anthropolgy,
South Asia Institute of Hiedelberg, Germany, spoke about this epic in his
lecture (Sept. 19). In the ballad the main concerns are not the valour
of the Phundata brothers, but rather the pastoral concerns such as grazing
taxes and sheep rustling.
Prof. Sax, who is an internationally
acclaimed scholar on the Garhwal region, described the social and cultural
background to the ballad. He also provided translation and partial
transliteration of the ballad. He also discussed a recent debate on
the relationship between Mahabharata (in Sanskrit) and its regional
|Ghazal in Carnatic Classical
Shri. R. Satyanarayanan, a progeny of one of
the revered musicians in Carnatic classical - Sri Maharajapuram Vishwanatha
Iyer--presented a lecture demonstration of Ghazals in Carnatic
classical ragas. He believes that music is a universal language
and it spread through expansion and interaction and not by restrictions.
Transforming this belief into action, he has
successfully attempted a new kind of fusion. His command over the ragas
allows him to apply them to verses that are not traditionally set to
them. He sand some choice Urdu Kalam -- from Bahadur Shah Zafar
and Mirza Ghalib. Zafars famous verse `Na kisi ki aankh' was
set to Darbari Kanada and `Lagra Nahi hai deil mera' to Charukesi.
Shri Sathyanarayanan has given more than 70 live performances and has
received several awards.
Bhoomi Pujan (foundation laying
ceremony) for the construction of the new building of the Southern Regional
Centre, Bangalore of IGNCA was performed on October 15. The Pujan
was done by Union Minister for Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation
Shri. H.N. Ananth Kumar. State Minister for Kannana and Culture, Smt.
Rani Satish was the chief guest for the function.
Present on the occasion were Prof. N.R.
Shetty Member Secretary IGNCA, Prof. P.V. Krishna Bhat, Hon. Co-ordinator
and Trustee IGNCA, Shri. R. Ashok MLA, Shri. M.S. Thimmappa, Vice Chancellor
Bangalore University, Dr. H. Narasimhaiah, Trustee, IGNCA and Shri Arup Roy
Choudhury, CMD, NBCC.
The book `Stylistics of Buddhist Art in
India' by Madame Mirielle Benisti was released by Member Secretary Prof.
N.R. Shetty on October 11. The English translation of this book has
been provided to us by Prof. P.S. Filliozat. An eminent
Indologist who had specialized in the study of Buddhist art, Madame Benisti
had the good fortune of being a student of two distinguished scholars,
Philoppe Stern and Paul Mus. She spent over 50 years in research and study
of the Buddhist monuments at Sanchi, Amaravati, Ratnagiri etc.
The present work highlights the history of
Buddhist doctrine and art, presented on the basis of indepth analysis of the
styles and icons of the Stupas. The book has been published in two
parts, Vol. I giving the text and Vol. II the illustrations. This book
is part of the Kalasamolocana Series looked after by Dr. L.M. Gujral.
This programme relates to publications on
critical writings on different facets of the arts and aesthetics by scholars
from all parts of the world. Some of the other books published in the
Series are: Rama Legends and Rama Legends and Rama Reliefs by Willem
Stutterheim, The Thousand Armed Avalokitesvara, Barabudur by Paul Mus,
Stupa and its Technology: a Tibeto Buddhist Perspective by Pema
Dorjee, The Iconography of Avalokitesvara in Mainland South-East Asia
by Nandan Chutiwongs.