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Next Weeks Programmes

Discussion  ■Conference Room II at 18:30

Book Discussion Group


By Ashok Lal (Kautilya Books: 2022)

 Release of the book followed by a discussion

 Discussants: Ashok Vajpeyi, poet and former Chairman, Lalit Kala Akademi; Subbh Lal, poet; Prof. Apoorvanand, Dept. of Hindi, Faculty of Arts, University of Delhi; Rakhshanda Jalil, literary historian and writer; Azhar Iqbal, poet; and Ashok Lal, poet and author of the book

 Thursday 27

 Film ■ C.D. Deshmukh Auditorium at 18:30

Films of the Spirit

Curator: Rajiv Mehrotra

 Jnani: The Silent Sage of Arunachala (UK)

(80 min; 2016; English)

A film by Jean-Raphaël Dedieu

 The film presents the life and legacy of Ramana Maharshi, one of the greatest sages of India. His life unfolded in the twentieth century and continues to inspire and transform millions worldwide. He nurtured silence and simplicity that taught: when we ask ourselves, “Who am I?”, all other thoughts die. When there is no ego or “I”, there is the Self, the highest form of consciousness.

 (Collaboration: Foundation for Universal Responsibility of His Holiness The Dalai Lama)

 Thursday 27

 Talk  ■ Seminar Rooms II & III, Kamaladevi Complex at 18:30

Mapping Sustainable Agriculture

 Agriculture and Health in India: Looking back and Looking Ahead

Illustrated lecture by Ramesh Chand, Member, NITI Aayog; Fellow, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences and Indian Society of Agricultural Economics. Prof. Chand has more than 30 years of experience in research and teaching in the field of agricultural economics and policy.

 Chair: Siraj Hussain, Promoter Director, Arcus Policy Research Private Limited (APR)

 Friday 28

 Festival ■ Seminar Rooms I to III and Multipurpose Hall, Kamaladevi Complex from 10:00 to 20:00

Jashn e Rampur, 2022

Jashn e Rampur marks the culmination of the project ‘Forgotten Food: Culinary Memory, Local Heritage and Lost Agricultural Varieties in India’ (2019-2022) funded by Global Challenges Research Fund through the Arts and Humanities Research Council in UK and executed under the aegis of University of Sheffield. The day long festival focuses on the culinary heritage of Rampur with talks, discussions, film screening and performance

 From 10:00 to 11:45

Welcome Address: Principal Janki Devi Memorial College, University of Delhi

 The Journey of the Project Forgotten Food

Prof. Siobhan Lambert-Hurley, Project Principal Investigator and Professor of Global History, University of Sheffield, UK;  Tarana Hussain Khan, Project Consultant and Saumya Gupta, Project Co-Investigator and Associate Professor, Janki Devi Memorial College, University of Delhi

 Heritage Foods of Rampur: From Translation to Revival

Rana Safvi, Project Collaborator in conversation with Jayeeta Sharma, Project Partner Lead, Culinaria Research Center, University of Toronto; Tarana Hussain Khan; Sadaf Hussain, Project Collaborator; and Birendra Sandhu, Benazir Farms, Rampur

 From 12:15 to 13:15

Collecting Oral Histories in Covid Times

Prof. Siobhan Lambert-Hurley in conversation with Saumya Gupta and her students

 From 14:30 to 16:00

Film: Dastarkhwan e Rampur: A Culinary Journey

Yousuf Saeed, filmmaker, Project Collaborator in conversation with Samina Naqvi, Project Collaborator followed by screening of the film

From 16:30 to 17:30 in the Multipurpose Hall

Degh to Dastarkhwan: Qissas and Recipes from Rampur

By Tarana Hussain Khan (Penguin: 2022)

 Launch of the book followed by an in-conversation

Tarana Hussain Khan in conversation with Prof. Pushpesh Pant, historian and writer

 From 15:30 -18:30 in the Multipurpose Hall

Desi Delicacies

Rana Safvi, Anoothi Vishal and Prof. Siobhan Lambert-Hurley in conversation with Prof. Claire Chambers, Project Co-Investigator and Professor of Global Literature, University of York, UK

 At 18:45

Jashn e Benazir

Rekhtigoi performance by Dastango Fouzia and Dastango Saneya

Introduction: Tarana Hussain Khan

 (Collaboration: Team Forgotten Foods)

 Friday 28

 Discussion ■ Conference Room II at 17:00

Book Discussion Group

 India’s Trade Policy in the 21st Century

By Amita Batra (Routledge Taylor & Francis; 2022)

 Discussants: Shankar Acharya, economist and Member Board of Governors and Honorary Professor, ICRIER; Ashok Bhattacharya, Editorial Director, Business Standard; Harsha Vardhana Singh,; and. Amita Batra, Professor of Economics, Centre for South Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University and author of the book

 Friday 28

 Film  ■ C.D. Deshmukh Auditorium at 18:30

In Search of the Malwatu Oya (Sri Lanka)

(31 min; 2019; English)

Directors: SinhaRaja Tammita-Delgoda, Hiranya Malwatta

 Introduction: Benoy K. Behl

 Recipient of the Best Short Documentary Film Award, Mokkho International Film Festival, Pondicherry 2021; Best Short Documentary, Rome International Movie Awards 2022; Short Film Award, Mumbai International Film Festival 2022; Best Documentary Short Film Award, International Motion Picture Festival of India 2022

SinhaRaja Tammita-Delgoda will briefly introduce the film, highlighting the link between history, culture and the environment, a story which has several parallels with the history of India

 Screening will be followed by a discussion

 In Search of the Malwatu Oya is a journey to the heart of an ancient civilization. Starting from the holy mountain of Ritigala, Malwatu River, the second longest river (102 miles) in Sri Lanka, flows across the face of the Raja Rata (Land of the Kings) to enter the Bay of Mannar of the Indian Ocean. The most historic river basin in Sri Lanka, called Malwatu Oya in the native language, the River of Flower Gardens, lies at the very heart of the beginning of Sri Lanka’s ancient civilization.

 Friday 28

 Talk ■ Conference Room I at 18:30

Representation and Self-representation

Speaker: Prof. Matthew S. Hull, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan

Discussants: Prof. Deepak Mehta, Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, Ashoka University, Sonepat

 Chair: Prof. Rita Brara, Editor, Contributions to Indian Sociology, Senior Fellow, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi and Visiting Professor, Ashoka University, Sonepat

 The CIS-IEG-SAGE Annual Lecture 2022

 In 2013, the Indian state of Punjab contracted with a corporation to operate a new police phone helpline. The corporation call centre not only took complaints, but also monitored, directed, and reported police responses to them. An original provision of the Indian Code of Criminal Procedure, maintained since 1861, requires that oral testimony of complainants must be ‘reduced to writing’ by an authorised official. This requirement has been strained by the integration of corporate call centre customer service practices into the Punjab State police procedures. Audio recordings and database text records of complaints have only some of the features of writing and are not produced by a government officer. Nevertheless, the composite records generated by the call takers through corporate customer service software form the basis of quasi-official police proceedings. We can see in this arrangement two parallel tensions: first, a tension between two forms of human and technological mediation—the paper-based records of police and the call centre voice and database records; second, a tension between two conceptualisations of a political subject within bureaucratic procedures: one requiring representation by another authorised person and the other able to present him or herself.

 (Collaboration: Contributions to Indian Sociology; Institute of Economic Growth; and SAGE)

 Saturday 29 Oct to 4 Nov

 Exhibition ■ Annexe Art Gallery from 11:00 to 19:00

Wandering Connections

An exhibition of paintings, mixed media on paper

By Madan Meena

 The exhibition is a visual expression of an artists’ journey as he carefully makes connections with the world around him through his imagery.

 Inauguration of the exhibition by Smt Malvika Singh, Publisher, Seminar magazine on Friday, 28 October 2022 at 18:30

 The exhibition is on view from 29 October to 4 November 2022, 11:00 to 19:00 daily

 Saturday 29

 Performance ■ C.D. Deshmukh Auditorium at 18:30

Gharwali, Mughal Baccha (80 min)

Ismat Chughtai’s short stories

Reprised by Sunil Mehra in Dastongoi

 Sunil Mehra reprises Chughtai’s bittersweet stories of marriage, fidelity and sexual liberation

 Monday 31

 Talk ■ C.D. Deshmukh Auditorium at 16:30

Sardar Patel Lecture on Governance

To be delivered by Hon’ble Arif Mohammed Khan, Governor of Kerala

 Welcome Address: Prabhat Kumar, President, IC Centre for Governance

Presidential Address: Harivansh, Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha

(Collaboration: I.C. Centre for Governance)

 Monday 31

 Talk ■ Conference Room I at 18:30

Japan-India Cultural Investments

Illustrated lecture by Anu Gupta Jindal, artist, curator and scholar

 Japan and India, both have a long and rich history, heritage and culture. The two countries are indelibly linked historically through Buddhism. In modern times, much progress has been made in deepening and strengthening ties in many areas – politics, strategic partnerships, economy and trade, grants assistance, science and technology, urban planning, and in the field of art and culture. The establishment of the Japan Foundation in India has been a major step in increasing cultural interactions. The Vivekananda Cultural Centre by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations in the Embassy of India in Tokyo is making strides in disseminating Indian culture to the Japanese. Cultural exchange encourages intermingling of peoples in the most positive and enjoyable way. It can also lead to success in commercial ventures e.g. the opening of retail chains Muji and Uniqlo in India. The talk will discuss the cultural interactions between Japan and India and prospects in the future which can percolate into multiple advantageous areas.

 Anu Jindal, artist, scholar & curator holds a Ph.D. in Japanese Art History from the National Museum Institute, New Delhi. As a Japan Foundation Fellow she studied at Doshisha University, Kyoto. For a year she worked as Visiting Research Professor at the International Research Centre for Japanese Studies, Kyoto, Japan. For three decades she has been involved with Japanese studies, with many presentations, teaching modules and publications. Her admiration of Japanese culture reflects in her artistic oeuvre too, through inspiration and influences from Japanese art & ethos.

 Monday 31

 Discussion ■ Conference Room II at 18:30

Neighbourhood First

Coordinator: Maj. Gen. (Retd.) Ashok K. Mehta

 Altered Status Quo in Ladakh: Securing a Better Deal

Panelists: Amb. Ashok K. Kantha, Honorary Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies, Distinguished Fellow, Vivekananda International Foundation and former Ambassador to China; Lt. Gen. (Retd.) P.J.S. Pannu, former General Officer Commanding, 14 Corps Ladakh and former Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Operations); Amb. P. Stobdan, former Ambassador to Uzbekistan; and Sushant Singh, Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research and writer-journalist

Chair: Maj. Gen. Ashok K. Mehta

 The Chinese have shut the door on the disengagement process in Ladakh. The altered status quo with a DMZ replacing LAC is the new normal. The Indian military commanders are seeking restoration of the status quo ante as before the stand-off. The panelists will discuss these and other issues

November 2022

 Tuesday 1 to 4

 Workshop & Festival ■ C.D. Deshmukh Auditorium at 16:00 and 18:30

Confrontation: Films by Hungarian Women Directors

1 to 4 November 2022

 A festival of award-winning contemporary films by Women Directors from Hungary. The festival includes a Film Workshop conducted by Prof. Balázs Varga, Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE University), Budapest. Organised in collaboration with Department of Slavonic and Finno-Ugrian Studies, University of Delhi; and Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre.

 At 16:00


Conducted by Prof. Balázs Varga, Associate Professor, Film Studies at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary. He writes and lectures on modern and contemporary Hungarian cinema, contemporary European cinema, production studies, popular cinemas and documentaries. He is a founding editor of Metropolis, a scholarly journal on film theory and history based in Budapest.

 At 18:30

One Day (Egy nap)

(99 min; 2018; dvd; Hungarian with English subtitles)

Director: Zsófia Szilágyi

 Multiple award winner including FIPRESCI Prize, Director’s Fortnight, Cannes Film Festival 2018; Best Actress Award, International Competition, Cairo International Film Festival 2018; Awards for Best Actress & Best Screenplay, Hungarian Film Week 2019; among others

 This intense, intimate debut film shows 36 hours in a disintegrating marriage from the point of view of the stressed-out wife.

 Wednesday 2

 Workshop & Festival ■ C.D. Deshmukh Auditorium at 16:00 and 18:30

Confrontation: Films by Hungarian Women Directors

At 16:00


Conducted by Prof. Balázs Varga, Associate Professor, Film Studies at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary

 At 18:30

Body and Soul (Testről és lélekről)

(116 min; 2017; dvd; Hungarian with English subtitles)

Director: Ildikó Enyedi

 Multiple award winner including FIPRESCI Prize, Competition, Golden Berlin Bear for Best Film, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury & Reader Jury of the “Berliner Morgenpost” Awards, Berlin International Film Festival 2017; Awards for Best Actress, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress & Grand Prize for Best Film Awards, Hungarian Film Week 2018; Sydney Film Prize for Best Film, Sydney Film Festival 2018; among others

 Hungarian auteur Ildiko Enyedi returns with a strangely hypnotic and unique love story with Body and Soul.

 Thursday 3

 Workshop & Festival ■ C.D. Deshmukh Auditorium at 16:00 and 18:30

Confrontation: Films by Hungarian Women Directors

 At 16:00


Conducted by Prof. Balázs Varga, Associate Professor, Film Studies at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary

 At 18:30

Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time

(Felkészülés meghatározatlan ideig tartó együttlétre)

(95 min; 2020; dvd; Hungarian with English subtitles)

Director: Lili Horvát

 Multiple award winner including Golden Hugo, New Director’s Competition, Chicago International Film Festival 2020; Dublin Film Critic’s Award for Best Director, Dublin International Film Festival 2021; Best Actress Award, Golden Spike Award for Best Film & Pilar Miró Award for Best New Director, Valladolid International Film Festival 2020; among others

 Márta Vizy is a 39-year-old Hungarian neurosurgeon who returns to Budapest for a romantic rendezvous at the Liberty Bridge with János, a fellow doctor…

 Friday 4

 Workshop & Festival ■ C.D. Deshmukh Auditorium at 16:00 and 18:30

Confrontation: Films by Hungarian Women Directors

 At 16:00


Conducted by Prof. Balázs Varga, Associate Professor, Film Studies at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary

 At 18:30

Wild Roots (Külön Falka)

(98 min; 2021; Hungarian with English subtitles)

Director: Hajnis Kis

 Recipient of the Audience Award for Best Film, Jury Prize for Best Film & Best Actor, Riviera International Film Festival 2022; Golden Barge Award for Best Film, Vukovar Film Festival 2022; and Winner, International Competition for Best Actor, Bosphorus Film Festival 2021

 Wild Roots, which world premiered in competition at Karlovy Vary in 2021, follows ex-con Tibor, who works as a bouncer in a night club.

 Wednesday 2

Talk ■ Conference Room I at 18:30

India’s Arctic Policy: Building a Partnership for Sustainable Development

Speaker: Captain (IN) Anurag Bisen, Research Fellow, Manohar Parikkar-Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses

India’s Arctic Policy, released by the Government of India on 17 March 2022, fulfils a longstanding need for a clear articulation on a rapidly transforming Arctic, which is warming three times faster than the rest of the world. This is leading to major transformation of global shipping routes and increased availability of mineral and hydrocarbon resources, both of which are likely to have an immense impact on the geo-political and resources landscape of the world, including India, in the coming years. The talk will examine the need for an Arctic Policy for India; look into the gaps in India’s present engagement in the Arctic; and analyse the features of the recently released policy.

 Wednesday 2

 Talk ■ Multipurpose Hall, Kamaladevi Complex at 18:30

Environment Social Governance (ESG) – Transformation of Businesses in the 21st Century

Heidelberg Lecture to be delivered by Prof. Marc-Philippe Weller, Director, Law Faculty and Vice President, Heidelberg University, Germany

 Environment Social Governance (ESG) is becoming one of the most important topics for businesses in the 21st century. Large corporations play a decisive role in the battle against the impacts of climate change and the respect of human rights in the supply chains. The talk will focus on the three pillars of ESG – present a comparative overview about pending climate change litigation against large companies in Europe (environment); examine the duties of care of European companies in cross-border supply chains (social); and the necessity for more diversity on corporate boards will be discussed (governance).

(Collaboration: Heidelberg Centre South Asia)

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