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 IIC Exhibitions and Programmes

IIC Exhibitions and Programmes

THURSDAY 1

FESTIVAL ■ C.D. DESHMUKH AUDITORIUM FROM 10:00 TO 20:00
QUOTES FROM THE EARTH: AN ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL: 1 & 2 December 2022

The 9th edition of the Biennial Festival organised in collaboration with Toxics Link. The festival showcases 30 films categorized into four broad themes, Environmental Justice, Water, Conservation and Sustainable living along with a discussion with filmmakers present. The films are a mix of documentaries, animation and features from Austria, Canada, Greece, India, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, South Africa, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA, and Venezuela. The festival will also include a panel discussion with eminent journalists, environmentalists, academicians, filmmakers, policymakers, and personalities from civil society organisations.

FROM 10:00 TO 11:25
Inauguration
Welcome Address by Ravi Agarwal, Founder-Director, Toxics Link
Chief Guest: Rahul Ram, well-known singer/songwriter

Followed by
Cultural programme
Presented by The Shri Ram Millenium School, Gurguram

FROM 11:45 TO 13:40
Manas and People (26 min/2020/Assamese/English/India) – director: Dip Bhuyan
Film on the Bodo indigenous ethnic group and their association with the natural landscape

Save our Species (2 min/2020/animation/India) – director: Delwyn Jude Remedios
Stop-motion animation film on the harm done to our planet’s species

Wildfire (10 min/2022/Nepali/Hindi/English/Nepal) – director: Shyam Karki
A little red panda, a rare species has become homeless due to a 16-day wildfire in the Nepali mid-hills

Changing Landscape (57 min/2022/Tamil/English/India) – director: Pravin Selvam
The film focuses on the plight of the wetlands in Tamil Nadu

From 14:00 onwards
The Last Tribe (45 min/2020Hindi/English/India) – director: Amit Goswami
A study of the environmental crisis in one of India’s war zone through the lens of a wildlife biologist

Between Hell and Paradise (15 min/2017/Ukrainian/English/Ukraine) – director: Slavik Bihun
Film on the holding the state responsible for the industrial activities that directly impact the environment

Svalbard in Plastic (40 min/2020/English/Norway) – director: Ivonne Salo
The film is a “wake up call” for the protected Arctic Life of Svalbard where vast amounts of plastic litter have been spotted

Green Wars (28 min/2021/English/UK) – director: Joel Elias
The film showcases the battles for land, livelihood, and climate justice in Idukki district of Kerala

The Sea’s Guardian (23 min/2021/Urdu/English/UK) – director: Sidra Altaf
Documentary on the rich and unique ecosystem of the mangroves in Karachi, Pakistan

Bleeding Gold (15 min/2022/Spanish/English/Venezuela) – directors: Thaelman Urgelles, Juan Urgell
An unprecedented ecocide in the southeast region of Venezuela, officially known as the Orinoco Mining Arc

Sensual Pill (4 min/2021/animation/English/Greece) – director: Sam3
While the human race tyrannizes the planet, nature begins a quiet dialogue that gradually increases in intensity

The Last Seed (80 min/2022/English/South Africa) – director: Andrea Gema
Film on the state of food and agriculture in Africa in the 21st century

FRIDAY 2

FESTIVAL ■ C.D. DESHMUKH AUDITORIUM FROM 10:30 TO 13:40 AND 14:00 TO 20:00
QUOTES FROM THE EARTH: AN ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL

Forest Mighties (48 min/2020/English/Poland) – directors: Mateusz Matysiak, Tomasz Ogrodowczyk, Michał Ogrodowczyk
The film follows the trail of the great forests of Poland

Farmer Collectives in North Bengal (18 min/2022/English/Hindi/India – director: Radhamohini Prasad
The film probes the benefits reaped by farmers as a collective

What Have we done (5 min/2022/Hindi/India) – director: Beno Pothen Kuruvilla
Soil, visualized as a young lady, tries to frantically convey her plight

Behind the Garden Gate (48 min/2021/English/UK) – director: Nick Hayman
In the 1970s, Guus Lieberwerth and friends cleared a path of agricultural wastelands to care for rare and endangered plants and animals. Now 50 years later, nature is thriving within a hidden paradise

Plastic Age – Forever? (18 min/2022/English/Austria – directors: Sebastian Posti, Sebastian Pichelhofer
Film on the problems of plastic waste, especially microplastics in the oceans

The Call from the Sea (16 min/2016/English/USA) – director: Taylor McNulty
Film on the Bajau, a nomadic sea group who have lived on the ocean for centuries in Indonesia

From 14:00 to 20:00
At the Bottom (23 min/2022/English/Kyrgyzstan) – director: Tamara Kubaeva
Each year a group of volunteer divers organises expeditions to collect garbage from the bottom of Lake Issyk-Kul

Moving Upstream: Ganga (105 min/2021/Bengali/Hindi/English/India) – directors: Shridhar Sudhir, Veditum India Foundation
The film follows the 3000 km walk by Siddharth Agarwal along the river Ganga over a 6 month period

Droughlands (28 min/2021/English/UK) – directors: Omkar Khandagale, Aditya Thakkar
Film on the sugarcane industry in Maharashtra

Toxic Neighbour (23 min/2021/English/Canada) – director: Colin Scheyen
The film showcases a farmer’s efforts to push his nuclear neighbor to greater transparency and accountability

The Round Lake (11 min/2022/English/Hindi/Pakistan) – director: Zayan Agha
The film is about two sisters who live in a community without running tap water

Lantana Management and Grassland Development (9 min/2020/English/Hindi/India) – director: Imrana Khan
The film showcases the successful restoration stories of lantana management and grassland development in Corbett Tiger Reserve

The Clocks (5 min/2020/English/Turkey) – directors: Ecem Aslanay, Yiĝit Tanel Kaçar
The film deals with climate crisis through the concept of time and acts as a poetic warning

Sherni (130 min/2021/Hindi/India) – director: Amit V. Masurkar
A forest officer captures and contains a man-eating tigress in a remote village

SATURDAY 3 TO 12

EXHIBITION ■ ART GALLERY, KAMALADEVI COMPLEX FROM 11:00 TO 19:00
Cine-Pop!
Bollywood Photo Culture

Amassed from the streets of Bombay, this growing array of images from the collection of Rahaab Allana highlights movie stills and associated memorabilia that advertised and popularized actors and epic sequences from the original film. Dated largely between the 1950s and ‘80s. The exhibition features photographs from studios such as Studio Nataraj, Himalaya Talkie Distributors and Pravinchandra G. Javeri, most of which are in Bombay (present day Mumbai).

Preview on Friday, 2 December 2022 at 18:30

Exhibition on view from 3 to 12 December 2022, 11:00 to 19:00 daily

MONDAY 5

DISCUSSION ■ CONFERENCE ROOM I AT 18:30
Between China and America: Pakistan’s Diplomatic Straddle
Speakers: Amb. Ajay Bisaria, former Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan; Dr. Shalini Chawla, Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Air Power Studies, New Delhi; and Dr. Happymon Jacob, Professor, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Chair: Amb. T.C.A. Raghavan, former Director General, Indian Council of World Affairs and former Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan

The discussion will assess Islamabad’s attempts to navigate the deepening conflict between Beijing and Washington. For many decades, Pakistan’s foreign policy benefitted from simultaneous good relations with both China and the US. As the Sino-US rivalry reshapes the regional landscape in Asia, Pakistan is finding ways to adapt. The discussion will examine the extent of Pakistan’s room for manoeuvre and the domestic consensus in favour of a diplomatic reset with two of its most important strategic partners

(Collaboration: Asia Society Policy Institute)

TUESDAY 6

PERFORMANCE ■ C.D. DESHMUKH AUDITORIUM AT 18:30
IIC DIAMOND JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS: ENGENDERING THE DISCOURSE

HER VOICE – Simhika: Daughter of the Forest
Geeta Chandran presents a performance inspired by a character from Kathakali

In this performance-dialogue, Geeta Chandran raises issues of rights of forest dwellers and their quest for justice alongside gender justice and equality

TUESDAY 6

TALK ■ CONFERENCE ROOM I AT 18:30
The IPCC report on Climate Change Mitigation and remarks on COP27: Glass half empty, half full, or half broken?
Speaker: Prof. Michael Grubb, Professor of Energy and Climate Change, University College of London. Since leading the Energy and Environmental Programme at Chatham House in the 1990s, his career has combined a wide range of energy systems and climate change research with half-time implementation roles. He is Strategy Director for a major international research programme on the Economics of Energy Innovation and System Transition. Prof. Grubb is the author of eight books, over sixty journal research articles and numerous other publications

Introduction: Prof. Shreekant Gupta, Professor, Dept. of Economics, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi

Michael Grubb will summarise some of the key insights from the IPCC Mitigation Report published earlier this year, drawing on his experiences as Convening Lead Author for the first chapter. After briefly setting the scene on climate change, he will focus on new insights in the IPCC report, highlighting areas of progress, and continuing challenges in national and global responses to climate change – including relationships between climate mitigation and sustainable development in the context of continuing deep inequalities. Drawing also on debates amongst the IPCC authors, he will argue that we are in the midst of a major transition in our understanding of the climate change problem, and potential solutions – including some implications for international cooperative approaches.

WEDNESDAY 7

TALK ■ CONFERENCE ROOM I AT 18:30
INDIAN ARCHAEOLOGY

Architectural Adventurism in 19th Century India: Begum Samru’s Sardhana Church
Illustrated lecture by Prof. Jyoti Pandey Sharma, Professor of Architecture, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. She engages with issues of architectural and urban history and heritage and is widely published.

Operating against the backdrop of the politically fluid and culturally hybrid environment of the Indian subcontinent during
the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, this talk examines the ecclesiastical architectural feats of Begum
Samru, Bibi of a German mercenary; subsequent ruler of Sardhana, a Jagir, near Delhi, and a zealous advocator of
Christianity. It is argued that the Begum resorted to what can be termed as an ‘Architectural Adventurism’, to mark her
identity as a devout Catholic.
THURSDAY 8 & 9

RETREAT■ SEMINAR ROOMS I TO III, KAMALADEVI COMPLEX FROM 10:30 TO 16:30
The True Potential of the Mind: 8 and 9 December 2022
In the age of scientific and technological breakthroughs

A retreat with Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

Welcome Address: Shri Shyam Saran, President, IIC

The retreat will be led by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, who possesses a rare ability to present the ancient Indian and Tibetan wisdom in a fresh, engaging manner. Mingyur Rinpoche is a world-renowned meditation teacher with personal experience of anxiety and panic attacks, which he suffered from throughout his childhood and into his teenage years, when he learned to transform his panic through meditation. From childhood, he became interested in contemporary science through conversations with scientists on research projects that study the effects of meditation on the brain and the mind.

Mingyur Rinpoche’s first book, The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list and has been translated into over twenty languages. In his most recent book, In Love with the World, Mingyur Rinpoche shares how his meditation practice sustained him when he left his monastery to wander through India and the powerfully transformative insights he gained from the near-death experience he had at the beginning of his journey.

The Retreat will be conducted in hybrid mode. Due to limited seats, we would request you to kindly please register in advance should you wish to attend the retreat. The link for registration is given below:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScsNIhgdRQxu3En5zSixKPtvwb1rQQGe6tAphUgAHUC5yTNcw/viewform

More information on the Retreat can be accessed on:
https://www.cepeace.org/RegisterNow-Retreat-with-Mingyur-Rinpoche

(Collaboration: Centre for the Escalation of Peace; Nalanda Foundation; and with the support of Pallavan Learning Systems; and Ritinjali)

FRIDAY 9 TO 15

EXHIBITION ■ ANNEXE ART GALLERY FROM 11:00 TO 19:00
Strokes of Sumi-e
An exhibition of paintings by Madhu Jain

Inauguration on Thursday, 8 December 2022 at 18:30

Exhibition on view from 9 to 15 December 2022, 11:00 to 19:00 daily

Organised to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Japan and India

SUNDAY 11

PERFORMANCE ■ C. D. DESHMUKH AUDITORIUM AT 18:30
Sarod Recital
By Ustad Irfan Muhammad Khan, well known artist and scion of the Lucknow Shahjahanpur Gharana, son and disciple of Ustad Umar Khan and Ustad Ilyas Khan

Accompanied by Zuheb Ahmed Khan on the tabla

(Collaboration: Sakoya Foundation)

MONDAY 12

DISCUSSION ■ CONFERENCE ROOM I AT 18:30
Designing the Future –Ready Government Organisation
Lead presentation by Dr. Rajnish Karki who specialises in strategy and organisation design. Dr. Karki has advised business groups, multinational corporations, professional firms and institutions, government and allied entities at the centre and in Uttarakhand

Discussants: Amb. Kanwal Sibal, former Indian Foreign Secretary; and Shri K.N. Shrivastava, Director, IIC

Chair: Shri Gurcharan Das, author, Commentator, Public Intellectual

The government is the pivotal instrument for realising India’s potential and aspirations. Efficacy of its organisational construct or the design is thus critical. Rajnish Karki in a recent IIC Quarterly article, ‘Organising the Indian Government: Where We Stand, and Could’, traced the patterns in its evolution and the challenges going further. There is indeed a strong case for the organisational reforms and being innovative, ahead of the curve. The panel delves into the ‘whats’ of right design and structure-process-cultural elements and the ‘hows’ of making it ready for the future.

TUESDAY 13

TALK ■ LECTURE ROOM II AT 17:30
Is Tantra Hindu? Is Tantra Indian?
Speaker: Prof. (Dr.) Arvind Sharma, Birks Professor of Comparative Religion, School of Religious Studies, McGill University, Montreal, Canada where he has taught for over thirty years. Prof. Sharma has published extensively in the fields of Indian religions and world religions and is the general editor of the Encyclopedia of Indian Religions (Dordrecht: Spinger, 2017)

Tantra Foundation Annual Distinguished Lecture

(Collaboration: Tantra Foundation)

TUESDAY 13

PERFORMANCE ■ C. D. DESHMUKH AUDITORIUM AT 18:30
MUSIC APPRECIATION PROMOTION

Soul of Sarode: the Journey of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan
A Centenary Tribute
A presentation by Gaurav Mazumdar

This year we celebrate the birth centenary of the legendary Sarod maestro, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan of Maihar Gharana. The noted sitarist, Gaurav Mazumdar will be discussing the significant features of this illustrious Gharana and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan’s association with this gharana.

Gaurav Mazumdar is an internationally acclaimed Sitar virtuoso, composer, teacher and a Grammy Nominee whose music brings in global harmony and understanding.

WEDNESDAY 14

FILM ■ C. D. DESHMUKH AUDITORIUM AT 18:30
FILMS OF THE SPIRIT
Curated by Rajiv Mehrotra

Milarepa (90 min; 2006; English)
Director: Neten Chokling

The film traces the arduous journey of Tibet’s greatest yogi and saint, Milarepa. Navigating a world of betrayal, the young Milarepa’s quest for revenge ultimately confronts him with the consequences of karma, exemplifying the idea that the material world’s cycle of suffering can be broken through spiritual transformation and becoming a student of Dharma

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

WEDNESDAY 14

POETRY ■ ANNEXE LECTURE ROOM II AT 18:00
Looking Back – Words Written, Stories Unheard
Writing and publishing during the Pandemic

Readings and an interactive session with Antara Dev Sen, Editor, Sahitya Akademi IL; Mandira Ghosh, poet; Rachna Joshi, poet; Humra, Quraishi, columnist and short story writer; Radha Chakravarti, academic and poet; Saikat Majumdar, author and professor of English and Creative Writing, Ashoka University; Reba Som, academic, historian, writer and classical singer; Sukrita Paul Kumar, poet, literary theorist, university teacher, translator; Justice Abhilasha Kumari, poet and Lady judicial member, Lokpal India; and Malashri Lal, author and professor

Coordinated and moderated by Jayshree Misra Tripathi, writer and educator, author of Trips and Trials, What not Words and Two Minute Tales in Verse

The programme will also include readings from Jayshree Misra Tripathi’s commemorative book of poems, Uncertain Times in honour of the late Gayatri Manchanda

THURSDAY 15

FILM ■ C. D. DESHMUKH AUDITORIUM AT 18:00
IIC WINTER FESTIVAL OF DANCE AND MUSIC:15 AND 16 DECEMBER 2022
Sitar Recital
By Varadaraje Bhosale from Mumbai, disciple of Pt Arvind Parikh

At 19:00
Hindustani Vocal Recital
By Vaibhav Sakshi from Delhi, disciple of Dr Soma Singh

FRIDAY 16

PERFORMANCE ■ C. D. DESHMUKH AUDITORIUM AT 18:00
IIC WINTER FESTIVAL OF DANCE AND MUSIC 2022

Kathak Recital By Raksha Singh David from Delhi, disciple of late Pt Birju Maharaj

At 19:00
Duet Odissi Recital
By Kalyani and Vaidehi Phagre from Bhopal, disciple of Smt Bindu Juneja

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