Category Archives: Culture

Language Classes

Manana began the language program in 2008 with weekly classes

Sanskrit class
Sanskrit class in progress

in Sanskrit. Ms. Sushila Ambike has been teaching Sanskrit at Manana for the past seven years.

Classes are held from 10 am to 1 pm every Saturday and are open to all. Please contact us for further information.

Manana also offers spoken English classes for economically challenged youth.

Rendering Categories of Classical Indian Thought into English

Workshop: 14–16 December 2011

International Workshop on the Rendering of the Categories of Classical Indian Thought in the English Language: Perspectives and Problems at the India International Centre, Together with ICPR, ICCR, Ministry of Culture and IIC

Conveners: Dr. Mohini Mullick and Madhuri Santanam Sondhi

The problem of translation-specially that involving technical vocabulary has now received wide recognition the world over. Translation Studies are a well established discipline and the literature continues to grow. Scientific texts appear to have successfully solved the problem by standardizing technical terms that are then absorbed by all languages of instruction and communication. But this vocabulary has been developed largely in the West and in western languages and has been absorbed almost in-toto into non-eastern languages. Continue reading Rendering Categories of Classical Indian Thought into English

International Workshop – Classical Indian Thought in English

Workshop: 14–16 December 2011

International Workshop on the Rendering of the Categories of Classical Indian Thought in the English Language: Perspectives and Problems at the India International Centre, Together with ICPR, ICCR, Ministry of Culture and IIC

Conveners: Dr. Mohini Mullick and Madhuri Santanam Sondhi Continue reading International Workshop – Classical Indian Thought in English

Fascism In People’s Minds – A Talk by Dr. Susmita Dasgupta

Fascism In People’s Minds: India Post 26/11

A Talk by Dr. Susmita Dasgupta , Media Sociologist and Political Economist
22 January, 2009

The terrorist attack on the 26th of November 2008 in Mumbai invokes sentiments among Indians that seem to be slowly moving towards imagining a fascist state.

In the minds of the Indians, a “perfect state” is one in which there is predominance of military, judiciary, technology, large corporations and people’s participation in the state as vigilantes. There seems to be an imagination in the people’s minds that democracy means soft states incapable of protecting its citizens from possible terror attacks.

Why are Indians imagining a polity that belongs to those very countries that breed terror? Why do Indians want to become like the nations which in their eyes are enemies? Why are Indians showing such proclivity towards becoming a fascist state?

The speaker uses various popular opinions circulating in emails and facebook wall writings to cull out popular responses to the incidents of 26/11.

Film production: Music of the Mirs

FILM: Music of the Mirs

As a part of our Research and Documentation initiative with the Mir community in Bikaner, we made a documentary film Music of the Mirs (73 min 30s, 2008).

Synopsis

The film is an attempt to document and explore the past and present of the Mirs and their music. It has evolved out of an enriching partnership between Manana and the Mirs — The Mirs wanted their history and music documented, and we were in love with their music! Continue reading Film production: Music of the Mirs

Sufi Music Concerts by Mir Mukhtiyar Ali and party

Shadaj Baithak
21 December, 2008

Mir Mukhtiyar Ali and party presented soulful renditions of sufiana kalaam at the Shadaj baithak in Pushpanjali farms on the morning of 21 December. Mukhtiyar is an outstanding musical talent from the small town of Pugal in Bikaner District, Rajasthan, belonging to the 26th generation of a family of Mir musicians. He is carrying forward the 500 year old tradition of singing Sufi poetry. He sings in Seraiki, Punjabi, Urdu and Sindhi, and is equally proficient in rendering Kafis, Qawallis and Ghazals. He has made pioneering efforts to revive this invaluable tradition within his community. In spite of his own financial hardships, Mukhtiyar has been trying to mobilize others from his community to bring them together and reignite a sense of pride in their identity and music. Continue reading Sufi Music Concerts by Mir Mukhtiyar Ali and party

Sufi Evening – Ashok amphitheatre – Delhi International Arts Festival 2008

Delhi International Arts Festival 2008
21 December, 2008

Mukhtiyar Ali and party performed at the Ashok amphitheatre as a part of the Sufi evening of the prestigious Delhi International Arts Festival. The audience of over four hundred people of different age groups clapped and cheered as the Mirs sang popular songs like Mastkalandar and Chaap Tilak. They also greatly appreciated the renditions of the lesser known kalaams.