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Gender and Cyberspace (March 2016)

We will examine the questions: Are physical space and cyberspace roughly equivalent concepts? Can we relate traditional philosophical arguments about physical space to cyberspace? Do these arguments tell us anything about the nature of cyberspace? And the main question that we will explore; Is cyberspace gendered?

To be presented at Equal World Equal Spaces: A Festival Celebrating Women Work and Health, 11th – 13th March, 2016

Kahini Workshop, July 26-27th 2015

Delhi is a city of stories and storytellers. From the bards who once combed the streets of Shahjahanabad delivering juicy stories of the Mughal harems to the ruins of Tughlakabad Fort that speak of an emperor’s confrontation with a Sufi saint, stories are intrinsic to the fabric of Delhi.

Like our multilayered city, our families too have their stash of stories. These are recounted at family gatherings and over long drives, at lazy Sunday lunches and on chilly winter evenings, with our fingers tightly wrapped around cups of chai. Some of these stories we keep to ourselves, others we want to shout from rooftops and share with the world. Yet others, exist in multiple versions thanks to multiple memories that keep them afloat.

What stories of your own family do you want to preserve forever? What stories do you want to write? Either for yourself, to hand down to the next generation, or to share with the world?

Sayantani Dasgupta is an alumni of St. Stephen’s College and JNU. She worked for four years in publishing before acquiring her MFA in creative writing from the University of Idaho.

Jordan Hartt is a writer, writing teacher, and community and events organizer, and has taught literature and creative writing at Peninsula College.

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.

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.

Sufi and Bhakti Music Concert – Lok Kala Manch

Lok Kala Manch
18 December, 2008

Manana in collaboration with Lok Kala Manch organized a concert of Sufi and Bhakti music on 18 December, 2008 at Vasuki Auditorium, Lok Kala Manch for a promising young talent of the Mir community, Vasu Khan, and his group. The concert was another step in continuing efforts to encourage the Mirs who, against all odds, are making efforts to continue in music.

An evening of Sufi music – India Habitat Centre

India Habitat Centre
6 January, 2008

Manana presented an evening of Sufi music by Mir Mukhtiyar Ali and his troupe at the India Habitat Centre. The evening was attended by over 300 people and was a huge success. Mir Mukhtiyar Ali mesmerised the audience with his soul stirring renditions of compositions by various poets like Sultan Bahu, Khwaja Ghulam Farid and Shah Hussain. Ghulam Hussain ably accompanied him on the tabla, Faqruddin on the harmonium, while Abdul Jabbar and Allah Rakha gave him vocal support.

The most moving quality of his music was his total involvement with the poetry and emotional content depicting the yearning for communion with the divine. It was heartening to see the overwhelming emotional response of the people. After the concert many came forward to extend their support with offers of recordings and concerts to promote the Mirs.