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The IIHS hosts a series of regular public interactions ranging from academic conferences, seminars and talks to film screenings, discussions, performances, and exhibitions. Many of these come under two curated series of events called Publics@IIHS and PublicTexts. Use the tabs on your right to see our previous events.
UPCOMING AND RECENT EVENTS
NO REST IN THE KINGDOM
12 January 2017 | 6:30 pm
‘No Rest in the Kingdom’ is a devised theatre work that deals with the daily hilariousness and annoyances of being a woman in this country, and almost anywhere. This humourous performance presents realities of ‘this gender thing’ that seems to baffle urban men and women. The intention is not to make light of issues but to highlight the difficulties of gender inequality in India.
Devised and performed by: Deepika Arwind
Duration: 60 minutes
Venue: IIHS Bangalore City Campus
NATURE IN THE CITY: BENGALURU IN THE PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE
24 November 2016 | 6:30 pm ~ 8:00 pm
In this talk, Professor Nagendra examines the past, present, and future of nature in Bengaluru, one of India’s largest cities. Though threatened, nature in the city exhibits a remarkable tenacity. She charts changes in nature from the 6th century CE to the present, drawing on original social-ecological field research, coupled with archival analysis, satellite remote sensing, and oral histories. She concludes by exploring possible pathways to more sustainable and inclusive urban futures with a vision of a better future. Bengaluru is the story of a city where nature strives, yet thrives, providing insights on the prospects for urban sustainability in the era of global change.
Harini Nagendra is a Professor of Sustainability at Azim Premji University, Bangalore, India. She is an ecologist who uses satellite remote sensing coupled with field studies of biodiversity, archival research, institutional analysis, and community interviews to examine the factors shaping the social-ecological sustainability of forests and cities in the south Asian context. She has conducted research and taught at multiple institutions, including most recently as a Hubert H Humphrey Distinguished Visiting Professor at Macalester College, Saint Paul, Minnesota. Prof. Nagendra received a 2013 Elinor Ostrom Senior Scholar award for her research and practice on issues of the urban commons, and a 2007 Cozzarelli Prize with Elinor Ostrom from the US National Academy of Sciences.
STORIES FROM THE PROTOVILLAGE
22 November 2016 | 6:30~8:00 pm
Kalyan Akkipeddi has been living and working in a remote drought-prone village called Tekulodu in the second driest and one of the poorest districts in India (Anantapur district, Andhra Pradesh) since August 2010, building and leveraging local social leadership capacities to co-create ProtoVillage – the prototype of a Resilient village. His vision is a rural India that is a network of self-reliant, interdependent and resilient rural communities. The underlying imperative is to emphasize the idea of ‘creating resilience’, rather than focusing on ‘eradicating poverty’. Kalyan’s presentation will focus on the success stories and inherent challenges in attaining this vision.
UNDERSTANDING FLOODS: PERCEPTIONS AND POLICY
19 October 2016 | 7:00 ~ 8:30 PM
Dr. Mishra’s work has centered around the management of floods and State policy around mitigating its effects. His talk will focus on the perception of different stakeholders involved in understanding floods and its control like farmers, engineers, contractors, and politicians. In addition, the talk will explore the shift of floods as a rural phenomenon to an increasingly urban one; and the possible direction of policy initiatives in the area.
Dr. Mishra, an engineer by training, brings years of grass-roots experience to bear in the study of floods, waterlogging and irrigation, with special emphasis on the northern Gangetic plains of Bihar. He has documented the major rivers of north Bihar, their history, the cultural aspects of the rivers and relationship with the rivers and the settlers along the rivers, and the impact of the modern flood control interventions on the rivers and the society. His work uncovers a wide range of aspects that need to be looked into afresh like agriculture, non-farm employment, migration, health, education, and access to civic amenities etc., to fully understand, and inform our approach to, floods. Dr. Mishra is also the convener of an informal group of flood activists called Barh Mukti Abhiyan.
In addition to his research and advocacy work, Dr. Mishra is also a prolific author, publishing in various registers. He has published a book on the River Mahananda (titled Bandini Mahananda in Hindi), a boundary river between Bihar and Bengal, in 1994. This was followed by a bi-lingual (Hindi and English) book on the Bhutahi Balan (2004) (Bhutahi Nadi aur Takniki Jhar Phoonk / Story of a Ghost River and Engineering Witchcraft). In 2005 he wrote a book on the Kamla River (2005) titled Baghawat Par Majboor Mithila Ki Kamala Nadi/ The Kamla-River and People on Collision Course. His book on the River Kosi titled ‘Dui Paatan Ke Beech Mein – Kosi Nadi Ki Kahaani’ was published in Hindi in 2006. Its updated English version titled “Trapped! Between the Devil and Deep Waters – Story of Bihar’s Kosi River” came out in 2008. His most recent work is on the river Bagmati titled Bagmati Ki Sadgati (2010). Its English version was titled “River Bagmati: Bounties Become a Curse” and was published in August 2012.
CITIES OF DESIRE
Periurban Narratives of Land and Land Value in Kolkata and Hyderabad
3 October 2016 | 6:30 ~ 8:00 PM
The peripheries of Kolkata and Hyderabad experienced significant land economy transformations, in the period following liberalization and increased decentralization of fiscal responsibilities to state governments. Set within a context of economic and political regionalism, and place- making objectives that looked towards new investments, Kolkata and Hyderabad’s periurban transformations reveal the definitive role of state governments at the city- level, to attract and accommodate local and external investors. The talk will engage with different narratives of land value, which emerged as collaborations and projects took shape. These narratives were embedded in multiple processes of land value creation and articulation, and multiple imaginations of urban futures, differentiated not only across the public- private spectrum, but also across government agencies and different types of land users.
About the speaker:
Sudeshna Mitra is faculty at IIHS. Her teaching and research look at land economy, land administration and urban & regional planning questions. Recently, she has been involved with a project on land records management and process reforms across five states. She has a PhD in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University and has taught at the School of Planning and Architecture, Cornell University and Cornell in Washington.
WHY ALL URBAN HYDROLOGY IS SOCIAL HYDROLOGY? EVIDENCE FROM BENGALURU, INDIA
28 September 2016 | 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Dr. Deepak Malghan
Centre for Public Policy,
One of the principal concerns of hydrology is to characterise the dynamic water balance in a watershed. Rapidly burgeoning urban agglomerations in Asia present a unique challenge to hydrology as natural hydrological cycles are severely perturbed by human activity. Bangalore receives an average rainfall of about 1800 MLD (million litres a day) but also imports 1450 MLD of river water from a distant source. Groundwater withdrawal rates are poorly characterised but the last two decades have been witness to major qualitative and quantitative changes in Bangalore’s aquifers. Deepak Malghan and his colleagues develop a spatially explicit social metabolism framework to account for the tight coupling of social and biophysical systems that is used to characterise this “social hydrology” of Bangalore. In his presentation, Deepak will show how such a model can contribute to understanding of the three central aspects of the urban water conundrum — equity, biophysical sustainability, and economic efficiency.
About the speaker:
Deepak Malghan is an ecological economist with primary interest in theoretical models of the economy ecosystem interaction problem. He is currently revising a book manuscript, On Being the Right Size: Scale, Ecosystem, and Economy that attempts to reformulate ecological economics from a “scale” perspective. Deepak is also working on another new multiyear book project (provisionally titled Citius, Altius, Fortius: A History of How the World Became Efficient). This project aims to uncover the global social and intellectual history of the idea of efficiency from its origins in the Scottish Enlightenment to the present time. His empirical research interests include social hydrology and ecological distribution. Deepak’s research is highly interdisciplinary and routinely uses technical tools from economics, chemical engineering, historical analysis, hydrology, and ecology. Deepak is on the faculty of Centre for Public Policy at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore where he directs the Ecological Political Economy Lab. He holds a Ph.D. in ecological economics from the University of Maryland and MPA from Princeton University.
A PICTURE OF YOU
21 September 2016 | 6.30 PM onwards
HD / 72mins / English (with subtitles) / 2012 / India
Director: Ajay Noronha
A Picture of You is a cinematographer’s journey to piece together an image of his father who passed away when he was six. Growing up with one framed photograph on the wall and little else, Ajay Noronha sifts through memories, anecdotes and silences to come closer to the person he hardly knew.
It is a story of a middle-class Goan Catholic family that moves from Nagpur, a town in Central India to the bustling megapolis of Bombay in the late 1960’s. From the safe cocoon of a joint-family ancestral home to the insecurities of rented one-room tenements in the city.
A Picture of You is a difficult inquiry into the need to complete the picture of one’s own self.
Ajay Noronha is a cinematographer and documentary film maker. His passion for telling a story using images has taken him across the world in diverse contexts – television shows, documentaries, feature films, music videos, video art installations and workshops. A geology graduate from St Xavier’s, Ajay has been a copywriter and later worked at CRY – Child Rights and You before going on to study film at the MCRC, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. He teaches cinematography at the Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai besides conducting workshops at other film schools. When he is not shooting, Ajay loves to travel, is passionate about cooking and music and still listens to vinyl records. He lives in Bombay with his wife and two year old daughter but dreams of settling down on a farm in Goa!
16 Septmeber, 2016 | 6.30 PM onwards
In this PublicTexts event, authors of ‘Trashonomics’ book by Solid Waste Management Round Table, Archana Kashyap and Claire Rao will be in conversation with the experts:
Ms. Sowmya Reddy – Animal rights activist
Ms. Almitra Patel – SWM expert committee
Ms. Vani Murthy – SWM expert/urban farmer
Mr. Mansoor Gous – Recyclable waste manager/expert
Dr Sandhya – BBMP Medical Officer Health
The conversation will be about creating awareness on waste management at a young age and how this book will act as a guide for everyone to understand and practice segregation, recycling and reusing of waste, to become responsible citizens of tomorrow.
Venue : IIHS Bangalore City Campus, 197/36, 2nd Main, Sadashivanagar, Bangalore 560080
URBANIZATION, DEMOGRAPHIC TRANSITION AND THE GROWTH OF CITIES IN INDIA, 1870-2020
19 August 2016 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics
Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A)
Why is India urbanizing slowly? Why do some regions urbanize faster than others? Why do some cities grow faster than others?
This talk examines these questions and the nature of urbanization and urban growth in India since the late 19th century against the backdrop of the unfolding demographic transition. We conceptualize two important themes – demographic divergence and remittance urbanism- that have had and continue to have a major influence on the evolution of urban India. These themes are important to understand several urban mysteries such as India’s relatively low level of urbanization corresponding to its level of income, the sustenance of large rural-urban wage gaps despite considerable labour mobility and the paradox of faster urban growth combined with slower urbanization in North India relative to South India.
Chinmay Tumbe is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM-A). An economist by training, he has worked in academic, corporate and government institutions in India, UK and Italy and his research has been featured in journals, newspapers and policy portals. He holds a Masters from the London School of Economics and a doctorate from the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. He was the Jean Monnet Fellow at the Migration Policy Centre, European University Institute in Florence, Italy in 2013 and was with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences Hyderabad in 2014-16. His research interests lie in urban economics and economic history and his latest research project is titled “The Growth of Cities in India, 1870-2020.”
PUBLIC PANEL ON RETHINKING RISK AND RESETTLEMENT IN URBAN AREAS
13 August 2016 | 3:00 – 5:00 pm
About the Panel
People have been ‘resettled’ for decades by governments and institutions in the hope of achieving development or moving them out of harm’s way. Current forms of resettlement, as experienced by the people as well as the city, most often do not have the outcomes imagined at the outset. There are social, economic and environmental implications that most often outdo the limited physical ‘benefits’ of resettlement, in the immediate and/or the long term, especially given the pressures of urbanization and growing climatic risks, neither as well understood.
This Public Panel is aimed at broadening the debates on existing practices of resettlement, planning and policy frameworks in the context of which these are undertaken and re-imagining resettlement for achieving risk-reduction.
About the Panelists
Allan Lavell is a founding member and coordinator for Central America and the Caribbean of the Latin American Network for the Social Study of Disaster Prevention-LA RED. At present is member of the International Council for Sciences World Committee on Integrated Research on the Reduction of Disaster Risk. Author of more than 100 texts, books, chapters and articles of which more than 50 are on environmental risk and disaster themes; international consultant to more than 20 international agencies on 60 different missions, he has also given 139 conferences in 36 countries in four continents, and has worked in all Latin American countries and in some African (3) and Asian (6) nations. At present he coordinates the Programme for the Social Study of Disaster Risk at the Secretariat General’s office for the Latin American Social Science Faculty FLACSO- in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Anant Maringanti is the director of Hyderabad Urban Lab, a multi-disciplinary research programme run by the Right to the City Foundation. His research and teaching interests centre on questions of urbanization and globalization from the South Asian vantage point. He is widely published in national and international academic journals on social movements, politics of development and urbanization. As an evolving experiment in urban research, Hyderabad Urban Lab, has been developing collaborative projects involving media professionals, planners, technologists, academic researchers and legal professionals.
The Men in the Tree
3 August 2016 | 6:30 pm onwards
Duration: 98 mins
Research, Producer and Director: Lalit Vachani
Camera: Ranjan Palit
Sound: P.M. Satheesh, Ranjan Palit
Editing: Lalit Vachani, Shikha Sen
In early 1993, Lalit Vachani and the Wide Eye Film team completed a documentary film, The Boy in the Branch, for Channel 4 Television, U.K. Set at the headquarters of the RSS in Nagpur, the film was about the indoctrination of young Hindu boys by a branch of the RSS, the foremost Hindu fundamentalist organization in India.
Eight years later, Vachani returned to Nagpur to meet the characters from his earlier film.
At one level, this is a film about memory. It is a documentary in the form of a personal revisit where a filmmaker returns to the issues, the locations and the subjects of an earlier film. At another level, The Men in the Tree is a political documentary on the RSS and Hindu fundamentalism. It is about some of the individuals, the stories and the myths, the buildings and the branches that enable the growth of the RSS and its Hindutva ideology.
The Boy in the Branch
2 August 2016 | 6:30 pm onwards
Duration: 27 mins
Producer and Director: Lalit Vachani
Camera: Ranjan Palit
Sound: P.M. Satheesh
Editing: Reena Mohan
Research: Shuddhabrata Sengupta
A documentary film on the indoctrination of young Hindu boys by the Hindu nationalist RSS. A Wide Eye Film production for “South,” Channel Four Television, U.K.
Dekho Magar Pyaar Se
29 July 2016 | 6:30 pm onwards
Duration: 60 minutes
Age: 14 and above
Performed by: Vikrant Dhote
About the event
The world makes it quite clear that some people belong and some people simply don’t. All around us we see images of the ideal man and the ideal woman that oppress those of us who stray from the norm. The performance by Vikrant Dhote questions and transforms the images of hyper-masculinity and hyper-femininity that are forced upon us through Bollywood, advertisements and our families. It attempts to subvert our notions of masculinity and question our prejudices and desires in a playful and engaging manner.
Vikrant Dhote is a performer, writer and director based in Bombay. He is interested in creating work that centers around gender and sexuality.
This event is open to the public and entry is free.
27 July 2016 | 6:30 pm onwards
Duration: 57 mins
Director: Deepa Bhatia
Nearly 2,00,000 farmers have committed suicide in India over the last 10 years. But the mainstream media hardly reflects this.
Nero’s Guests is a story about India’s agrarian crisis and the growing inequality seen through the work of the Rural Affairs Editor of Hindu newspaper, P Sainath.
Through sustained coverage of the farm crisis, Sainath and his colleagues created the national agenda, compelling a government in denial to take notice and act.
Through his writings and lectures, Sainath makes us confront the India we don’t want to see, and provokes us to think about who ‘Nero’s Guests’ are in today’s world.
TSUNAMI HAZARD AND FLOOD RISK FOR COASTAL CITIES
Uncertainties and visualization for planning and emergency relief
Thursday | 5 May 2016 | 6:30 pm onwards
About the talk
Planning needs to account for a wide range of adequate predictions in order to mitigate, not exacerbate, the risk due to floods. This talk will present approaches to flood hazard modelling and associated risk calculations. The emphasis is on uncertainties for planning purposes, particularly in the context of tsunamis. The role and limitations of early warning systems for tectonic events are addressed. The presentation will showcase visualization tools for planning and decision-making under uncertainty.
About the speaker
Dr. Serge Guillas is Reader in the Department of Statistical Science, University College London. He works on environmental statistics and uncertainty quantification of complex computer models. He has long been involved in an interdisciplinary effort to assess the long term evolution of stratospheric ozone. His most recent work include uncertainty quantification for tsunami models.
1 April 2016 | 6.30 pm
This event highlights the role played by informal waste workers in managing the waste of our cities, their stories and the questions of marginalisation faced by them.
About Waste Narratives:
Daastan-e-Nayandahalli, Notes from the Plastic Recycling Hub of Bangalore, is a photo exhibition displaying the stories from Nayandahalli. Nayandahalli is where all stockists are based. Itinerant buyers, scrap dealers and dry waste collection centers sell the materials collected in sorted and unsorted form to godown owners. Waste is sorted and sent to factories for processing. The finished product is used by consumers, discarded and goes through the same cycle. This process is what erases the binary between waste and resource. Photographs of life in Nayandahalli have been taken by Pinky Chandran and Marwan Abubaker. The exhibition is an attempt to engage the public with recyclers of Nayandahalli and hopes to bring to fore issues of space, the need for recognition of recyclers and present the changing landscape of the area following recent constructions
Bicycle Dreaming is a recently released novel, authored by Mridula Koshy. The story moves around a thirteen-year-old girl, Noor, and her father, Mohammad Saidullah. Mohammad Saidullah loses his job of pedalling his bicycle door-to-door to collect household discards and is forced to join the ranks of waste pickers in New Delhi’s landfills. Noor’s own dream of riding a bicycle is complicated by her conflicted feelings about her father’s livelihood.
Conversation with Recyclers of Nayandahalli is an essential component of the evening, where the exhibited photographs and the read text transform into reality. Akmal Pasha is the leader of an informal organisation of godown owners in Nayandahalli, Salma is a volunteer of Hasiru Dala and has been a sorter in the given godowns, Siddique too is a volunteer of Hasiru Dala, who used to transport waste from godowns to reprocessing units. They will speak about their involvement in this process of transforming waste into resource. The conversation will be moderated by Nalini Shekar & Kabir Arora.
Information about Hasiru Dala is available at https://www.hasirudalainnovations.com/
Documentary filmmaker and Writer
Wednesday | 30 March 2016 | 6.00 pm
Nilita Vachani has directed, produced and edited the internationally awarded and highly acclaimed documentary films, Eyes of Stone, Diamonds in a Vegetable Market (Sabzi Mandi ke Heere) and When Mother Comes Home for Christmas. She is also a film teacher and writer.
In this Master Class Nilita will trace her journey as a documentary filmmaker and thinker. Showing excerpts from her films she will explore issues of art, aesthetics and ethics; the representation of the “other” in the filmic image and the social responsibility of the filmmaker; the role of the personal and the political in documentary filmmaking, and the inevitable influences of censorship and funding.
BENEGAL’S NEW CINEMA
16 February 2016 | 6:30 pm
Duration: 60 mins
Director: Iram Ghufran
Producer: Rajiv Mehrotra
‘Benegal’s New Cinema’ is a documentary on the films of Shyam Benegal and explores the time, ethos and concerns of the New Cinema Movement in India through his oeuvre. A pioneer in the New Cinema Movement, within the Hindi film industry, Benegal’s career spans four decades of consistent work. The film is a foray into the mind of this great filmmaker, and an attempt to understand his motivations and impulses for making cinema. This film brings into conversation Benegal’s work from his first feature film, Ankur  to the formally experimental Suraj Ka Saatvan Ghoda . Lying at the interstices of history and memory, ‘Benegal’s New Cinema’ is an exercise in remembering the world of New Cinema of the 1970s and 80s and its relevance in the contemporary. Based on extensive interviews with Benegal, the documentary also features some of his closest colleagues including scriptwriter and filmmaker Girish Karnad, actors Shabana Azmi, Anant Nag and Rajit Kapur, music composer Vanraj Bhatia, and cinematographer Govind Nihalani.
ANTICIPATION AND THE CITY
Rhythm, Learning and Virtue amongst the Moving Flower Sellers of Mangaluru
10 February 2016 | 6:30 ~ 8:00 PM
Ian M. Cook
How do poor ‘low-caste’ migrant street vendors navigate their multiple marginalities and the ethical-political contestations of their place of work to become an acknowledged and expected part of everyday urban life? Ian M. Cook argues that, for door to door flower sellers in the smaller coastal city of Mangaluru, acceptance is, in part, predicated on being anticipated. Arriving to the same place at the same time each day to deliver flowers for garlanding deities in homes and workplaces is not only vendors’ crucial market advantage, but also a rhythmic practice that, through performances of regularity, produces temporal depth, re-frames customer-seller dependencies and ultimately allows flower sellers to ethically affirm their place in the city.
Part of a wider project that rethinks cities as experiences of patterned movements – collections of rhythmic modes – rather than through abstract ‘spaces’, and an attempt to shift urban studies’ gaze away from the metropolises and to India’s ‘smaller cities’, the talk explores rhythms and the city through a detailed ethnography of one particular group of flower sellers. The presentation will also include short film excerpts, shot with the same group.
Bio: Ian M. Cook is from the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at the Central European University, Budapest. He is visiting IIHS as part of the Urban Knowledge Network Asia programme.
a city in the world
4 February 2016 | 6:30 PM
In this PublicTexts event, Dr. Jayaraj Sundaresan, Fellow, Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London will be in conversation with Ms. Amrita Shah, Journalist, Writer and Visiting Faculty at Centre for Contemporary Studies, IISc, on her recent book, Ahmedabad – A City in the World (Bloomsbury, 2015).
This event is free and open to the public. All are Welcome.
GANGES WATER MACHINE
Terrestrial and Celestial Change in the Ganga Basin
28 January 2016 | 7.00 ~ 8.30PM
Of all the ways one might qualify the Ganga River Basin—rural, urban, suburban, landscape, drosscape, edge city, and megalopolis–none of these accurately defines such elaborately engineered spaces and infrastructures. Instead, through the construction of thousands of kilometres of canals and the sinking of millions of tubewells, the basin has been transformed into a giant water machine. From the foothills of the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal, the Ganges Machine cuts across agricultural fields, cities, and hamlets, inscribing in its monumental re-organization of space and infrastructure a new way of life. Throughout this transformed river basin flowed the forces of tradition and innovation, dotted by diffuse urban projects (regional urban capitals), temporary tent cities (Magh and Kumbh Melas), miniature infrastructures (tubewells), and colossal public works projects (Ganges Canal). Its spiritual and religious significance inspired reverence in pilgrims; its archaeological and architectural monuments attracted painters in search of the picturesque; its seasonal ebb and flow of water perplexed farmers and engineers alike; and its fast paced urbanization vexed geographers, planners, and architects. In short, the physical and cultural complexity of this territory has challenged traditional terminology. Even though various infrastructures of the Ganges Machine affect millions in their daily lives, there is no map that legibly renders the terrestrial and celestial layers of this unexampled landscape. This discussion will focus on a decade long project to create an atlas—a dynamic atlas—of the Ganges Machine: a method of mapping that exposes the juxtaposing layers of infrastructure and adjoining built forms. The goal of this dynamic atlas is to not only map space, but also map how spaces change over time. At a time when the Government of India is beginning to invest a $1.5 billion loan from the World Bank to clean up the Ganges River, mapping the choreography of water and human settlement is more important than ever.
Anthony Acciavatti is an architect, cartographer, and historian. He is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University in the City of New York and is a principal of the design firm Somatic Collaborative. He has spent the last decade hiking, driving, and boating across India’s Ganga River Basin in order to map it and to understand the growing conflicts over water for drinking, agriculture, and industry. The results of this field and archival work are published in his recent book, Ganges Water Machine: Designing New India’s Ancient River (2015) Along with the book, Ganges Water Machine is an internationally traveling exhibition. His work has been exhibited in Asia, Europe, as well as North and South America.
THINKING FROM AND ABOUT CITIES
Reflections from Jakarta and Johannesburg
18 JANUARY 2016 | 7.00 ~ 8.30PM
AbdouMaliq Simone (Max Planck Institute) is an urbanist whose work has been central to thinking about African and Southeast Asian cities, notions of urban change and everyday life, infrastructure and politics. He is the author most recently of “City Life from Jakarta to Dakar: Movements at the Crossroads”, as well as “For the City Yet to Come: Changing Life in Four African Cities.“
Kelly Gillespie teaches Anthropology at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her work has focused on violence and security in pre- and post-apartheid South Africa, with a particular focus on prisons.
They will be in conversation with Gautam Bhan on themes of southern urbanism, sharing insights from their research and political practice.
13 November 2015 | 6:30 PM
Kapila is an actor-performer of Kutiyattam, one of the oldest forms of theatre, originating in Kerala, whose acting style is based on hand movements and facial expressions. Sanju Surendran composes a dreamlike and abstract portrait, focused on the sensorial universe of a hyper-contemporary vestal committed to a thousand-year-old practice.
Sanju Surendran is a National Award winning Filmmaker whose films have been exhibited all over the world in various film festivals. He has created signature films for film festivals and collaborated on fiction works with major writers. His worldview is inspired by the ideas of Mani Kaul and Indian Aesthetics. He is a graduate in Film Direction from the Film and TV Institute of India.
Not Every Time
4 November 2015 | 6:30 PM
Language: Punjabi, Hindi with English subtitles
Duration: 59 min.
Director: Daljit Ami
Not Every Time is a definitive account of a mass movement that the rape and murder of a college student spurred in 1997 in Punjab. The film traces the various personal and political struggles the leaders and participants of the movement experienced as a result of their involvement. The movement, involving thousands of participants, continues in different forms and the film is a fitting testimony to this remarkable tale which has gone unnoticed by mainstream national media houses. It highlights not just the violent reaction of a patriarchal society but also lays threadbare the gender hierarchies within the movement.
This film was screened in the film festival Signs 2007 in competition section and Karimpur Film Festival 2008 apart from innumerable screenings in colleges and villages where it has invariably provoked intense discussion and debate.
Documentary film maker, columnist, translator and journalist, Daljit Ami is one of the foremost chroniclers of contemporary Punjab. He holds Master’s degrees in Ancient History, Archaeology & Culture and Communications. His journalistic career includes editorial stints at some of the leading media organisations of the region (Punjabi Tribune, Day and Night News, Global Punjab TV) and his reportage and commentaries have appeared in key publications in three languages including Outlook, BBC Hindi, Economic and Political Weekly, Dainik Bhasker and most of the mainstream Punjabi publications including Nawa Zamana and Punjab Times. Having entered the media at the time when Punjab was emerging from violence and insurgency, Dalijt has an insider’s understanding of the way Punjab has been projected in mainstream media. His body of work – in text and images – invites us to think about Punjab outside of popular stereotypes and formulaic analysis. His films have documented issues, events, movements and people who fall outside the lens of mainstream media – the lives of agricultural labour and human rights activists; movements against ecological degradation and sexual violence; conservation of history and memory; and Punjabi literature and poetry. His forthright columns and reportage hold a mirror to the global Punjabi community. Despite the focus on Punjab, his work steers clear of narrow localism and forges critical, political and aesthetic connections with international struggles for justice.
The film screening will take place at IIHS Bangalore City Campus on 4th November at 6.30 p.m. Details are also available on Facebook.
This event is open to all and entry is free. Do spread the word.
Underground Water: Techno-Political Ecology in ‘Unauthorised’ Delhi
Thursday | 5 November 2015 | 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
India is the world’s largest user of groundwater, and North Indian aquifers are being depleted at some of the fastest rates in the world. As urbanisation increases, water security is likely to become an increasingly pressing issue. Like many of India’s fastest growing cities, groundwater use in peri-urban, unplanned areas of Delhi is extensive and essential, while also being weakly regulated. The minimal service provided through tubewells and tankers has till now allowed a discretionary role for elected representatives, while deferring the cost of providing treated ‘piped’ water and passing it to consumers forced to rely on expensive ‘informal’ supply through tankers, tubewell networks, and ‘local’ bottled water. This ‘underground political ecology’ of water, both sub-soil and illicit, is under-explored in research to date. Using the election of the Aam Aadmi Party and its mandate of providing water through a public network, and the emergence of Public Private Partnerships aimed at delivering water as a profitable enterprise, as two ‘diagnostic events’ this presentations analyses the techno-politics structuring human-water relationships in a complex and changing environment. It draws on 18 months’ field research with residents, private suppliers and government agencies, to follow these initiatives, and their attempted restructuring of water governance in two unauthorised colonies in the south of the city.
Matt Birkinshaw is a PhD researcher in Human Geography and Urban Studies at the London School of Economics. He studies urban infrastructure and governance in Indian cities with a focus on water supply in the south of Delhi. Matt has research experience supporting a number of projects, mainly working on South Asia and urban governance; and has professional experience with international and community development NGOs in various capacities.
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3rd Edition of IIHS and FD Zone Bangalore Film Screening
30 October | 6:30 p.m
Moments with the Maestro / Director: Pramod Pati (26:18 min / 1970 / B&W / English)
An All India Radio Films Division presentation on Pandit Ravi Shankar, featuring portions of live performances as well as him speaking about his music and his approach to both tradition and innovation.
Rabindranath Tagore / Director: Satyajit Ray (51:24 min / 1961 / B&W)
This is a film biography on the life of poet Rabindranth Tagore, prepared with the help of live shots, sketches, photographs and a dramatic impersonation of his early life. Here we see the career of one of the most outstanding geniuses of the century being unfolded in different fields of art-as a poet, as a painter, as a rebel and as an educational reformer through the various phases of growth, maturity and ultimate flowering.
Can Indian urbanisation alter its development trajectory?
29 September 2015 | 5:00 p.m. onwards
Contemporary India is a newcomer to the 20th century wave of urbanisation that swept through Europe, the Americas and later East Asia. For many decades, it was imagined and governed as a poor country that lived and grew in its villages. Yet, India emerged as a developmental outlier, with a service-sector led economy concentrated in urban areas; a large but relatively weak manufacturing sector; but over half of its 1.3 billion people dependant on a highly dispersed, low productivity agrarian economy under considerable economic and ecological stress.
About two-thirds of India’ $2 trillion economy comes from urban areas. As it becomes demographically half-urban over the next three decades, a key set of questions emerge: Can Indian urbanisation alter its development trajectory? What are the necessary economic, social and political conditions that constrain, impact and enable this change? How does urbanisation affect those social, political and economic drivers?
The lecture will examine the dynamics of India’s urbanisation and the prospects of urbanisation to enable social and economic change as well as environmental sustainability.
Aromar Revi is the Director of the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) and an alumnus of IIT-Delhi and the Law and Management schools of the University of Delhi. He is an international practitioner, consultant, researcher and educator with over 30 years of interdisciplinary experience in public policy and governance, political economy of reform, development, technology, sustainability and human settlements.
He is a member of the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), co-chair of its Urban Thematic group where he led a successful global campaign for an urban Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) for the UN. He is also a Fellow of the India China Institute at the New School University.
Aromar has led over 100 major research, consulting & implementation assignments in India and abroad; has published 60 peer reviewed publications and books; lectured & taught at over 35 of the world’s leading Universities and think tanks across 6 continents; helped structure, design & review development investments of over $ 8 billion; worked on 3 of the world’s 10 largest cities; and across all of India’s 29 states and in multiple international assignments in half a dozen countries.
He’s the Editor of a new international journal Urbanisation (Sage) and on the editorial Boards of the International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development (Taylor and Francis) and Urban Climate (Elsevier).
MODIKHANYACHYA DON GOSHTI (Two Tales of Modikhana)
A film by Gouri Patwardhan
11 September 2015 | 6:30 p.m. onwards | IIHS Bangalore City Campus
Duration: 73 minutes
Language: Marathi (English Subtitle)
Sudhir Waghmare’s canvases take us to Modikhana, a ‘servants’ back alley’ of the erstwhile British cantonment in Poona. While it finds no place in the mainstream history of Pune, Waghmare’s narrative reveals the rich and overlapping layers of the social and political history of Modikhana. The process of the untouchables’ metamorphosis into ‘Dalits’ and their politicization under the towering shadow of Dr. B R Ambedkar strongly reverberate through the spaces,houses and the people in each of his canvases.
In contrast, his daughter Kranti’s quest for form brings her face to face with the daily violence of the environment in which she grew up. It makes her question the available ways of confronting this violence. Her efforts to expand the horizons of her personal experience as a student of art in America, lead her to a unique way of expression. She continues to search for form, and tries to find creative ways to collaborate with her community.
The contradictions and realities of Modikhana, an area that has seen much transition, are finely captured through the very different and highly individualistic voices of both these artists.
One man, One throne, One crown, One hilariously tragic experience.
26 August 2015 | 6:30 p.m. onwards | IIHS Bangalore City Campus
Duration: 75 minutes
Suitable age: Above 13 years
Amidst thunder and lightning, three witches meet with Beth and Banquo, from there on Beth tries his best to live up to all the prophesies with his imaginary friend Banquo. Together they narrate this murderous tale sincerely.
Welcome to a roller coaster ride in the world created by Beth and Banquo. The Tragedy of Madbeth is a highly interactive physical comedy inspired by Shakespeare’s classic. A profound allegory that dissolves the space between observer and performer. The performance is a combination of slapstick, acrobatics, mime, songs and improvisations.
Madbeth is a devised theatre piece. It has been played for a wide range of audience in Europe, Israel, West Bank and India. The play was invited by UNESCO Centre for Peace to tour in USA 2012).
The play is written and performed by Rupesh Tillu. Rupsh Tillu is an actor, director and independent film-maker. He is the founder and artistic director of Theatreact. He has received several international theatre awards such as Outstanding Artist/Act- Stockholm Fringe Festival 2012, A Special Jury Award- Best of Prague Fringe Festival 2013 and many more.
For more information on Theatreact, please visit www.theatreact.org
Taming cities or repoliticising urban policy?
Prof. Adriana Allen
19 August 2015 | 6.30 pm | IIHS Bangalore City Campus
Cities can be understood as the product of multiple taming practices and strategies, ranging from the domestication of nature to secure key resources, to the disciplining of the relational and organizational structures and behaviours that shape everyday urban life. But cities are also profoundly untameable because they are a complex and often unintelligible web of policy-driven and everyday practices that produce them in fundamentally political ways.
In this presentation I navigate through this web exploring a repertoire of urban policies applied in two Latin American metropolises (Lima and Mexico) through a number of favorite taming narratives: from the containment of urban sprawl through zero growth pacts, service non-provision, and payment for ecosystem services to risk mitigation and land titling policies. The talk explores how these policy narratives and interventions try to act upon seemingly undesirable trajectories of socio-economic and environmental change though often perpetuating and reproducing what is deemed as ‘undesirable’ in the first place.
Adriana Allen is Professor of Development Planning and Urban Sustainability at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU), University College London, where she leads the Research Cluster on Environmental Justice, Urbanisation and Resilience (EJUR). Originally trained as a planner in Argentina, she specialised over the years in the fields of urban environmental planning and political ecology.
WHAT THE FIELDS REMEMBER
A film by Subasri Krishnan
16 July 2015 | 6:30 p.m. | IIHS Bangalore City Campus
About the Film
Duration: 52 mins/HD/Bengali and English
On 18th February 1983, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, more than 2000 Muslims were killed in the town of Nellie and its surrounding villages in Assam, India. People’s homes were burnt down and their fields destroyed. Most of those who died were old people, women and children. Till date the Nellie massacre, remains on the margins of India’s public history, and is virtually wiped out from the nation’s collective memory.
The documentary film What the Fields Remember revisits the massacre three decades later. From the survivors, Sirajuddin Ahmed and Abdul Khayer’s, retelling of the event, and their struggles of coping with loss and memories that refuse to fade away, the film attempts to explore ideas of violence, memory and justice. It also tries to understand how physical spaces that have witnessed the violence continue to mark people’s relationship to history and memory. What the Fields Remember also attempts to raise larger questions around collective memory – of what we choose to remember and why we choose to forget.
Research, Script and Directon – Subasri Krishnan
Cinematography and Editing – Amit Mahanti
Location Sound and Sound Design/Mix – Julius L. Basaiawmoit
Editing Consultant – Sameera Jain
Translation and Transcription – Bedatri D. Choudhury
Graphics – Chandan Gorana
Producer – Rajiv Mehrotra (for PSBT)
Executive Producers – Tulika Srivastava and Ridhima Mehra
Disclaimer: The performance of the cinematograph film is strictly in the course of activities of the IIHS and the audience is limited to the staff and students and persons directly connected with the said Institute for private screening purposes and communication to such staff, students and such other persons.
AUTHENTICITY AND THE SELF
3 July, 2015 | 7:00 pm onward
Socrates’ Last Stand is a unique experience that gives people the opportunity to question the ways in which they think and engage with each other. The idea came out of a realisation that most people, including us, haven’t really questioned the words we take for granted. For example, love, or loyalty; what do they really mean to us? How does it manifest in our lives? Can you imagine a world without them?
Meta-Culture’s facilitators and performers explore these concepts with the audience. Each session begins with a performance to get the participants to think about the theme for that session. We then move into a dialogue, facilitated by Meta-Culture’s Founder and Lead Facilitator, Ashok Panikkar.
The theme for this session is ‘Authenticity and the Self’.
Brutally honest explorations into the nature of everything – Knowledge, Peace, Success, Love and Facebook.
Expect nothing, except for a deep and honest exploration!
To register, please contact Mihika at email@example.com or call +91 9902474654
EVERY TIME YOU TELL A STORY
Wednesday | 1 July 2015 | 6:30 pm
How do you tell a story when its words are a song, a stone, an image, a symbol? A story that is woven into a shawl, woven through time itself?
Tsungkotepsu is a shawl worn by men of the Ao-Naga tribe in Nagaland. Traditionally, it was meant to signify the achievements of warriors who had won enemy heads in war. Even though head hunting days are long gone, the Tsungkotepsu shawl is still central to the Ao-Naga imagination.
Every Time You Tell a Story offers an interpretation of history, a way of understanding the shifts that this shawl-making tradition has experienced when confronted with the certitudes of history – colonialism, new religion and assimilation in the Indian State. Through histories that have written themselves onto its fabric, how does the story continue to resonate today?
Ruchika Negi and Amit Mahanti received a grant for this project under IFA’s Arts Research and Documentation Programme.
The film screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmakers.
An illustrated lecture on “Creative Spaces in South Asian Cinema”
Tuesday | 30 June, 2015 | 6:00 ~ 7:00 pm
Meenakshi Shedde explores how spaces are imaginatively used in South Asian cinema–literally and metaphorically, as well as lively, invisible spaces, and otherworldly spaces, with clips from hard hitting, reflective and nuanced contemporary films, including “Queen” and “Char..The No Man’s Island” (India), “Television” (Bangladesh), “28” (Sri Lanka) and “Highway” (Nepal).
About the speaker
Meenakshi Shedde is India and South Asia Consultant to the Berlin International Film Festival, and Consultant to the Dubai International Film Festival, based in Mumbai. She has been Curator/Consultant to film festivals worldwide, including the Toronto, Locarno, Busan, IFFI-Goa, Kerala and Mumbai film festivals. Winner of India’s National Award for Best Film Critic, she has been on the jury of 20 international film festivals, including Cannes, Berlin, Venice. She has been Script Consultant/Mentor to the Locarno Film Festival, Mumbai Mantra-Sundance Institute Screenwriters’ Lab, Clinik South Asian Filmmakers’ Lab-Kathmandu, and the NFDC Script Committee. She freelances for media worldwide, including Variety, Screen International, Cahiers du Cinema, Forbes Life India and Sunday Midday. Her India Indie Club, a video film review series of indie and regional language films, appears on CNN-IBN TV and ibnlive.in.com. A filmmaker, she has taught and lectured on cinema worldwide, and been Mentor to film critics at the Berlin and Melbourne Film Festival talent campuses. She has written for 12 books.
Economic Survey: Taking Stock of the Indian Economy
Monday | 22 June, 2015 | 6:30 pm
Talk by Dr. Arvind Subramanian, Chief Economic Advisor, Government of India.
About Dr. Arvind Subramanian
Arvind Subramanian is on leave for public service from his position as the Dennis Weatherstone Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. He currently serves as the Chief Economic Advisor to the Government of India. He has also served as a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development. His book Eclipse: Living in the shadow of China’s Economic Dominance was published in September 2011, and he is co-author of Who Needs to Open the Capital Account? (2012). Foreign Policy magazine has named him as one of the world’s top 100 Global thinkers in 2011. He was assistant director in the Research Department of the International Monetary Fund. He served at the GATT (1988-92) during the Uruguay round of negotiations and taught at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government (1999-2000) and at Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies (2008-10). He has written on growth, trade, development, institutions, aid, oil, India, Africa, and the World Trade Organisation. He has published widely in academic and other journals. He advises the Indian Government in different capacities, including as a member of the Finance Minister’s expert group on the G-20. His book India’s Turn: Understanding the Economic Transformation was published in 2008 by Oxford University Press. He obtained his undergraduate degree from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi; his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management at Ahmedabad, India; and his M.Phil and D.Phil from the University of Oxford, UK.
“It’s a Question of My Dignity”
Narratives of Immigrant Workers in Montreal – A Talk by Yumna Siddiqi 18 June, 2015 | 6 pmCanada has historically relied on immigrants to meet its labour needs, and this continues to be the case today. Though the Provincial and Federal Governments have established programs aimed at helping immigrants integrate and find jobs, they consistently experience higher rates of unemployment, are employed at lower levels than their educational qualifications and experience merit, and increasingly form a “precariat.” These imbalances are increasing as the government shifts towards temporary rather than permanent migration opportunities for workers. In collaboration with the Immigrant Workers Center in Montreal, Yumna Siddiqi interviewed a number of immigrant workers in 2011. When she began, Siddiqi had hoped to glean accounts of immigrant experiences and analyse these narratives. But the project took another dimension when the workers used her interview drafts to conduct their own interviews and produce podcasts. Yumna Siddiqi will speak about her project and discuss the significance of sharing stories in the context of community organising. Yumna Siddiqi is an Associate Professor of English at Middlebury College, where she teaches postcolonial literature and theory, diaspora, migration studies, and literary theory. Her book Anxieties of Empire and the Fiction of Intrigue (Columbia University Press, 2008) explores the contradictions of postcolonial modernity. Her current research is on cities, postcolonial migrants and literature. She volunteers and serves on the board of the Immigrant Workers Center in Montreal.
13 June, 2015 | 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Origami is the art of paper folding. It involves the creation of paper figures and decorative shapes, using folding techniques. This workshop, conducted by Krishna Panyam, will begin with a presentation on the origin of Origami, followed by a practical session based on the theme ‘Wealth out of Waste’. Krishna has been practising Origami for over 10 years and has exhibited his art at the Japan Habba (Bangalore’s Japanese Cultural festival). The workshop is open to anyone aged 10 and above. There are limited seats and those interested must apply at the earliest. To register, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org before 12 June, 2015. The registration fee is Rs.150/- Registration will be accepted on first come – first served basis.
Oorali presents their art, their music and their journeys
12 May 2015 | 7:30 – 8:30 pm | IIHS Bangalore City Campus
Oorali is a creative collective based out of Thrissur. They are a blend of actors, musicians, writers and visual artists who have come together to create relevant art experiences. The Oorali draws its inspiration from real life and portrays it through music, theatre and visuals. They sing in Malayalam, English and Spanish, and play guitar, bass, drums and various percussion instruments from around the world like djembe, cajon and wombo.
Urban-scale Energy Analysis of the Built Environment
8 May 2015 | 6:30 pm | IIHS Bangalore City Campus
Dr. Ruchi Choudhary, Associate Professor Energy Efficient Cities Initiative, Engineering Department, University of Cambridge The use of transient computer simulations (e.g. TRNSYS, EnergyPlus) for quantifying energy use of individual buildings is now standard in both research and industry. However, their use has been computationally prohibitive at larger scales, in the context of thousands or millions of buildings within districts and cities. As a result, city scale analyses of the built environment, even when bottomup, have to neglect or simplify dynamic and transient features of buildings. Yet, it is often that timevarying features (concurrence of peak energy demand) and dynamically interacting components (diurnal heat storage) yield the most economically achievable energy efficiencies. Furthermore, tradeoffs with related energy systems – such as transportation – necessitates flexible spatial and time scales of analysis. We present a new city-scale energy simulation platform that offers a spatially differentiated, hourly analysis of energy consumed by the built environment. The City of Westminster, within central London, was chosen for the first pilot application of this simulation platform due to diversity of building types and high-energy demand. The lecture will highlight the challenges associated with its development, as well how it supports the assessment of synergistic energy systems in cities.
Unlock your Inner Clown
A tete-a-tete with Puja Sarup who shared her clown story and told why each of us must unlock our hidden clowns.
24 April 2015 | 7:00 pm | IIHS Bangalore City Campus
Harsh Mander launched his new book, “Looking Away- Inequality, Prejudice and Indifference in New India” on Friday 24th April, 2015 at IIHS Bangalore City Campus at 7:00 pm. Harsh Mander, formerly IAS, is now a social worker and writer. He was a member of the National Advisory Council and special commissioner to the Supreme Court of India in the Right to Food case. He currently occupies the position of Director, Centre for Equity Studies, in New Delhi. Joining him in conversation will be Samar Halarnkar, a journalist for 24 years working at publications like the Indian Express and India Today. He continues as a columnist with Hindustan Times and Mint, writing on social and economic issues, science and technology. Most recently, he was a fellow with the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University, where he drew up a blueprint for mobile-phone-based, public-interest journalism model for India.
The origins of astronomy, the universe, and earth
Dr. Bryan Penprase gave a talk entitled ‘The origins of astronomy, the universe, and earth – and how astronomy influences modern culture and the frontiers of science’. It focused on archeoastronomy, the history of the early universe and its impact on the contemporary earth systems and the methods that we are using to explore this.
About the Speaker
Dr. Bryan Penprase is the Frank P. Brackett Professor of Astronomy at Pomona College.
Stories of Ignorance and Profound Cluelessness
17 April 2015 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm | IIHS Bangalore City Campus
Socrates’ Last Stand is a unique experience that will give people the opportunity to question the ways in which they think and engage with each other. Over the course of two hours, Meta-Culture’s facilitators and performers will explore with the audience things about the world that are normally taken for granted. The theme we are exploring through our series is the notion of Ignorance. What exactly does it mean? What are our experiences with it? What are the implications for a world without ignorance? The session will start with a story-telling session followed by a facilitated conversation. Expect nothing, except for a deep and honest exploration. This is a free event, entry by prior registration only. To register, please contact Mihika at email@example.com or +91 7022270891 For more information on Meta-Culture, go through their page: http://www.meta-culture.in
11 April 2015 | 3:00 – 6:00 pm | IIHS Bangalore City Campus
The objective of this workshop, facilitated by Clay Station, is to give participants a glimpse of the history of pottery, an understanding of the current structure of the ceramics industry in India and to encourage participants to give shape to their imagination while experiencing the joy of working with clay. Group size: Maximum 20 participants Age group: 14 years and above Registration fee: Rs. 100/- to cover material cost Following are the key components of the workshop.
- Short introduction to clay and its uses
- Illustration of one basic hand building technique
- Making a hand built article
We will use Red Terracotta Natural Clay. Articles made during the workshop will be fired and will be ready for collection 10-15 days after the event. To register for the workshop, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org before 10 April 2015. Registration will be accepted on first come, first served basis. The fee will be collected at the venue on the day of the workshop from 2:00 – 2:45 pm.
Public Film Screening
11 mins | A film by Shreyasi Kar | 21 May 2015 6.30 pm
City Beyond is a film that speculates about the lives led by inhabitants of a submerged civilisation. The superstructure has been recently discovered in the crevices of the ocean floor. The film moves through the submerged landscape, gathering glimpses of life, times and the end of a lost society
I AM MICRO
15 mins | Directed by Shumona Goel & Shai Heredia | 21 May 2015 6.30 pm
A National Award winning film by Shumona Goel & Shai Heredia 15 mins / 35mm/ B&W / Dolby SR / 2012 / India Film Synopsis: Shot in the passages of an abandoned optics factory and centered on the activities of a low-budget film crew, I Am Micro is an experimental essay about filmmaking, the medium of film, and the spirit of making independent cinema.
PARTNERS IN CRIME
13 March 2015 | 6.30 pm
Is piracy organized crime or class struggle? Are alternative artists who want to hold rights over their art and go it alone in the market, visionaries or nutcases? Is the fine line between plagiarism and inspiration a cop-out or a whole other way of looking at the fluid nature of authorship? Who owns a song – the person who made it or the person who paid for it? When more than three fourths of those with an internet connection download all sorts of material for free, are they living out a brand new cultural freedom – or are they criminals? Full of wicked irony, great music and thorny questions Partners in Crime explores the grey horizons of copyright and culture during times when technology is changing the contours of the market. Metal heads who market their own music, folklorists who turn tribal aphorisms into short stories, music archivists who hoard and share everything they can get their hands on, anti-piracy fanatics who think piracy funds terrorism, a smooth talking DVD street salesman who outlines the efficiency of the illegal market, media moguls, lobbyists, “monetizers, downloaders, uploaders, the biggest hit song of 2010 and the small time nautanki singer whose song it was inspired by – these places and people throng the world’s bazaar in which the film is set. Partners in Crime takes you througha story about art, crime, love and money to check if the times, they may be a-changing after all. Partners in Crime has won an award for Best Documentary at the Ladakh International Film Festival, 2011. Producer – Magic Lantern Foundation Executive Producer – Devi Pictures Director – Paromita Vohra Editor – Rikhav Desai Sound – Asheesh Pandya, Chris Burchell, Gissy Michael
Socrates’ Last Stand
Socrates’ Last Stand is a unique experience that will give people the opportunity to question the ways in which they think and engage with each other. Over the course of two hours, Meta-Culture’s facilitators and performers will explore with the audience things about the world that are normally taken for granted. The second theme we are exploring through our series is the notion of Freedom. What exactly does it mean? What are our experiences with it? What are the implications for a world without freedom? The event will begin with a performance followed by a facilitated discussion. Expect nothing, except for a deep and honest exploration. For more information on Meta-Culture, go through their page: http://www.meta-culture.in/
1st Edition of IIHS & FD Zone Bangalore Film Screenings
Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) in collaboration with Films Division Zone (FD Zone) presents two short films that engage with questions of censorship and the documentary form. The films were made by the film-maker S.N.S Sastry. The screenings will take place on the 11th February, 2015 at 6.30 pm at the IIHS Bangalore City Campus. The details of the programme can be found below. The screenings are open to all, and the entry is free. We request you to spread the word! PROGRAMME And I Make Short Films Director: SNS Sastry, 18 min, 1968 In this abstract experimental film Sastry uses film language to ask and answer several questions about censorship, the role of the documentary film maker and the form of documentary film making as prescribed by the state. Is a film maker a mere media professional responsible to only his craft or a social activist with a sense of commitment to his culture? FlashBack Director: SNS Sastry (21 min/ 1974/ B&W) The film is a survey of the documentary film movement in India. We hear views of Films Division filmmakers S. Sukhdev and S N S Sastry before the Emergency and close to the end of their lives talking about documentary.
About FD Zone
FD-zone is a collaborative effort of Films Division with independent film makers and organizations to organize regular curated screenings of documentaries, short films and animation films and avant-garde and meaningful cinema. Films Division proposes to develop FD-zone as a pan India network for organizations and individuals collaborating in various cities and towns of the country for promotion of documentary, short, animation and avant-garde films.
Directed by: Juliano Mer Khamis & Danniel Danniel Produced by: Osnat Trabelsi & Pieter van Huystee
22 Jan 2015 5.30 pm – 6.30pm – Presentation by The Freedom Theatre 6.30 pm – 8pm – Screening of Arna’s Children
This personal narrative tells the story of a children’s theatre group on the West Bank that was established by Arna Mer Khamis, who grew up in a Zionist family and later married a Palestinian Arab. Directed by Arna’s son Juliano, Arna’s Children shifts back and forth in time to show the children in rehearsal from 1989 to 1996, and then revisits them later to discover the tragic fates that awaited three of them. Devastating and shocking, the film reveals the tragedy and horror of lives trapped by the circumstances of the Israeli occupation.
THE FREEDOM THEATRE
The Freedom Theatre is developing a vibrant and creative artistic community in the northern part of the West Bank. While emphasising professionalism and innovation, the aim of the theatre is also to empower youth and women in the community and to explore the potential of arts as an important catalyst for social change. The Freedom Theatre draws its inspiration from a unique project, Care and Learning, which used theatre and art to address the chronic fear, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder experienced by children in Jenin Refugee Camp. Set up during the first Intifada the project was run by Arna Mer Khamis, a revolutionary who devoted her life to campaigning for freedom and human rights, particularly in Occupied Palestine.
Lekhana 2015: Narratives of Violence,
Sangam House’s annual literary weekend, is being held from 16th to 18th January 2015 at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements. This year’s edition of the festival is themed on Narratives of Violence and will feature readings, panel discussions, film screenings and conversations with Bangalore-based writers and artists.
Changing ideas and practices for making cities fair
15 January, 2015 | 6:30 pm onwards
Ideally being born a man or a woman, black or white, Muslim or Christian, gay or straight, able or disabled, should make no difference to an individual or communities life choices, but in contemporary cities this is rarely if ever the case. Starting with questions about what an increasingly urban world implies for fairness at the national or global scale in the 21st century, the geographical reference points for this investigation of “fair cities” are both northern and southern urban places. This lecture traces the divergent and contradictory intellectual and practice based traditions that the notion of fairness in the city implies, including the work on urban equity (rights, opportunity, access, affordability); justice (electoral; procedural, distributional, enforcement and); redistribution (urban welfare and post conflict); the public good and the good city. The central point is to demonstrate that ideas and practices about fairness in the city vary over time and space and that while there is appropriate concern about rising exclusion and the withdrawal of social protection in some centres, typically older more affluent cities, from new urban nodes, largely in the global south, there are counter tendencies and new innovations that support the utopian aspiration that cities will provide a better future for the millions of new residents that will call them home over the decades to come.
About the speaker
Susan Parnell is an urban geographer in the Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and is on the Executive of the African Centre for Cities at UCT. She has held previous academic positions at Wits University and the University of London (SOAS) and visiting research fellowships from the LSE, Oxford University, Durham University, the British Academy and was a Leverhulme Visiting Professor at University College London in 2012. She is a widely published author of scholarly papers. Recent co-edited books include Climate at a City Scale, A Routledge Handbook of Cities of the Global South and Africa’s Urban Revolution. She serves on the Editorial Boards of many ISI ranked academic journals dealing with urban and development issues.Sue’s early academic research was in the area of urban historical geography and focussed on the rise of racial residential segregation and the impact of colonialism on urbanisation and town planning in Sub-Saharan Africa. Post democracy in South Africa much of her work focused on issues of urban transformation (local government, welfare and urban environmental justice. By its nature this research was not purely academic, but involved liasing with communities, local and national government and international donors. This mode of translational research now forms a core mode of work at the African Centre for Cities. ). Recently Sue has returned to historical research, working with a number of other partners on explaining the planning deficits of African cities. Sue has a prominent position with UCT leadership structures, served on the boards of several local NGOs concerned with poverty alleviation, sustainability and gender equity, is a regular keynote speaker and is part of national and international advisory research panels.
Urban Legacies and Futures: India and China in Southeast Asia
9 January, 2015 | 6:30 pm
Urban Legacies and Futures: India and China in Southeast Asia will be a conversation between Brian McGrath, Dean of Parsons School of Constructed Environments in New York and Aromar Revi, Director of the India Institute of Human Settlement on the deeply entwined histories of India, China and Southeast Asia, and how these past links can inspire the design of sustainable urban futures. The conversation will be structured around four questions
Today new infrastructures, mass tourism and social media are relinking people to the architectural splendors and genius of the pre-colonial world system across Asia. How can these renewed connections overcome the uneven and unsustainable development of the more recent colonial and cold-war eras? Is it possible to recover a place for the architecture of the Asian city as a collective cultural legacy and future of the form and structure for India, China and Southeast Asia?
How have the architectural legacies of India and China impacted Southeast Asia? How have Chinese and Indian diasporas shaped cities in Southeast Asia? Examples from will be presented including Angkor, Pagan, Sukhothai, Ayutthaya; and Bangkok,
How did colonial and cold war eras create new boundaries and discontinuities between India, China and Southeast Asia? The recent history of political strife and unprecedented flooding in Bangkok since the 1997 financial crisis will be presented in parallel with a description of the transformation of the city’s central shopping district as well as the industrial periphery.
How will the new infrastructural logistics reconnect ASEAN with India and China?
Public Film Screening
I Am Offended
5 Dec 2014 | 6.00 pm
Directed by: Jaideep Varma
Produced by: Vijayalakshmi Rajan, Milind Dhaimade and Jaideep Varma
Length: 99 minutes
“I Am Offended” is a full-length documentary feature (99 minutes) on Indian stand-up comedy within the larger context of Indian humour in an environment of intolerance in India.
The film looks into the thriving stand-up scene in English in India but also talks about the Hindi scene, cartoons in India, humour on television and Internet and cinema, and even the legendary literary humourist Pu.La. Deshpande.
Stand-up comics covered in this include Varun Grover, Sanjay Rajoura, Anuvab Pal, Rajneesh Kapoor, Vir Das, Gursimran Khamba, Tanmay Bhatt, Johnny Lever, Raju Srivastav, Rajeev Nigam, Aditi Mittal, Sorabh Pant, Atul Khatri, Niti Palta, Ashish Shakya, Rohan Joshi, Nitin Gupta, Papa CJ, Sundeep Rao, Vikram Sathaye, Sundeep Sharma and Nishant Joke Singh.
Other humourists include Jug Suraiya (writer), Hemant Morparia (cartoonist), Vrajesh Hirjee (actor), Rahul Roushan (Faking News) and more.
In keeping with the art form primarily examined in the film, the film is a lively conversation through interviews and show footage with clips from TV shows and Internet acts liberally interspersed.
In the end, the film is as much about humour and its mechanics as much a portrait of a modern-day young India, warts and all. The disquieting intolerance and smugness in Indian society today forms the basis of the context within which this new arts scene is examined.
The film’s inherent edginess gives it a new take on humour in India.
A Funny thing called Life – A Tahatto Production
6 Dec 2014 | 6.00 pm
Written and Directed by: Prashanth Nair
Duration: 60 minutes
When you’re busy living life from one deadline to the next, it’s sometimes hard to stop and smell the roses…but there’s one thing Life has an upper hand on – the unending possibility of laughter that it promises. The problem is… sometimes, you may just end up as the punch line. Tahatto’s A Funny Thing Called Life is a vignette of 5 everyday situations we all encounter; the only difference being that they quickly turn into a twisted, funny joke where you wonder how it came to this.
25 November 2014 | 6:30~8:00 pm | IIHS Bangalore City Campus
Join us as two of the founders of the DAAR (Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency) share their work. DAAR is an architectural studio and art residency programme based in Beit Sahour, Palestine. DAAR’s work combines discourse, spatial intervention, collective learning, public meetings and legal challenges. DAAR’s practice is centred on one of the most difficult dilemmas of political practice: how to act both propositionally and critically within an environment in which the political force field is so dramatically distorted?
Kapuscinski Development Lecture
Wednesday 5 November 2014 | 18.00~19.30 (21:30 ~ 23:00 IST)
Putting the Urban at the Heart of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals
Speaker: Aromar Revi, Director, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bangalore
Venue: UCT Upper Campus, New Snape Building
The Millennium Development Goals are expiring and need to be replaced with a new set of globally applicable and locally implementable Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030. Climate Change negotiations are stalled and need a more determined and pragmatic approach if run-away impacts are to be avoided. It is clear that a different economic, social and human development path must be established to ensure greater sustainability and inclusion of all citizens into productive economic life and well-being. Cities and regions across the world provide the opportunity to do this.
Africa and Asia are at the centre of the urban, social and economic transitions that the world will witness over the next two decades. It is important that we see political imaginations and leadership from these geographies that address local, regional and global themes.
The lecture will interest policy makers, activists, business leaders, journalists and academics.
Public Film Screening
28 October 2014 | 6.30pm
Duration: 52 minutes
This is the story of a remarkable hospital in the mining township of Dalli-Rajhara Chattisgarh known as Shahid (Martyrs) Hospital. The hospital was paid for and built by the voluntary labour of daily-wage contract miners and successfully provides modern health care to workers, adivasis and the poor. The Film reveals the history of its making, key turning points of the hospital and the experiences of the doctors and worker- paramedics who manage this oasis of hope.
About the director
Actively involved in local politics since his school days, Ajay T.G. is a filmmaker and a human rights activist. Currently, he is the Joint Secretary for the Chhattisgarh People’s Union for Civil Liberties. He has also been working as research assistant to social anthropologists on projects related to industrialisation, artisans, caste and labour. Between 1999 and 2002, Ajay was trained in all aspects of film production at the European Union-sponsored film training Diploma course in Bhilai, Chhattisgarh. Ajay’s film Living Memory was screened at the South Asian Documentaries and Films Festival, King’s College, and the Cambridge South Asia Forum, Cambridge, UK, 2003. He is also a photographer- his photo-exhibition, Potters in Chhattisgarh was hosted at Shepherd’s Bush Public Library and Hammersmith Public Library, London.
Jinnealogy: Archival Amnesia and Islamic Theology in Post-Partition Delhi
20 Oct 2014 | 6.30 ~ 8.00 pm | IIHS Bangalore City Campus
What is the relationship between theology and the shifting textures of urban life? In contemporary Delhi, stories are told about long-livedjinns as transmitters connecting human beings centuries apart in time. In petitions deposited to jinn-saints in a ruined medieval palace, medieval ideas of justice come together with modern bureaucratic techniques. Both stories and rituals attest to a theological newness intricately entwined with the transformations of the post-colonial city’s spiritual and physical landscapes. Jinns are present in the blank spaces of the map, where the plans of the bureaucracy, the verdicts of the judiciary, and the illegibility of the post-Partition Indian state coincide to attempt vast erasures of the city’s Muslim landscapes. Jinnealogy, the supercession of human chains of memory by the long-lives of the jinn, challenges the magical amnesia of the state by bringing up other temporalities, political theologies, and modes of witnessing against the empty, homogenous time of a bureaucratically constituted present.
About the Speaker
Anand Vivek Taneja is a historically informed anthropologist working on Islam in urban South Asia. His research and teaching interests include historical and contemporary Islam and inter-faith relations in South Asia, the anthropology of religion, everyday life and post-colonial urbanism,
and Bombay cinema.
From Hierarchy to Heterarchy in the Information Age – The state and the Municipal Reforms Programme in Karnataka
16 Oct 2014 | 6.30 ~ 8.00 pm | IIHS Bangalore City Campus
The presentation uses the Municipal Reforms Programme in Karnataka, India to examine the role of the state in ‘heterarchies’, an emerging organisational and institutional arrangement, cited appropriate to address ‘wicked problems’ of development. In tracing the outcomes of two reforms, Helpline and Aasthi, the presentation demonstrates the criticality of the state’s centrality in ensuring envisaged outcomes.
About the Speaker
Dr. Anjali K. Mohan is a regional planner with a PhD in e-governance from IIIT Bangalore. Her research areas include development, governance, public policy and information and communication technologies and development (ICTD).
Ukraine Through The Lens
No one could have foreseen in November 2013, that a group of young peaceful protesters in Kiev could spark the flame that led to the downfall of a corrupt government. Independence Square, the main thoroughfare of traffic-packed Kiev, slowly became a city within the city. The protest about Europe became a protest about changing the course of life for all Ukrainians – and a war no one could have predicted.
American ex-pat, Kirsten Maher, took these photos during her time in Kiev. Through her lens, she has captured the beauty in the face of fear, the horror that people felt, but also the innocent charm and unique landscape that make Ukraine what it is. Alison Dumbell, also present there, now brings this to us in India.
Please visit the Gallery at IIHS,Bangalore to learn more about the Ukrainian struggle for a better future – inspired by Europe, but an inspiration to Europeans and the whole world.
“ACT”- Theater Acting Workshop
“Theater is a prism through which you can see things in a fresh way”
For those of us who think theater is just a loud, melodramatic effort, requiring very special talent and confidence – we invite you to be a part of “ACT”: a theater acting workshop on Saturday, 23 August. “ACT” is an inventive expression of the mind.
This theater workshop will urge participants to explore the finer aspects of theater – such as breath, voice, rhythm and body. The exploration will happen within an atmosphere of fun and laughter, created through theatre games and improvisation exercises.
VK Murthy Retrospective
IIHS Anubhava in association with Suchitra Film Society and Lace Films is hosting a tribute to the legendary cinematographer, VK Murthy through screenings of his films.
The Suchitra Film Society screened three films, Baazi, Kaagaz Ke Phool and Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam between 23 and 25 May. There was also a well-attended workshop on lighting by GS Bhaskar and on cinematography by Manohar Joshi.
For the next leg of the tribute, IIHS Anubhava will screen Pyaasa on 30 May at 6 PM and Kaagaz ke Phool at 3 PM on 31 May and Mr. and Mrs. 55 at 6 PM on the same day. The screenings are open to all.
About V K Murthy
The first technician to be honoured with Dada Saheb Phalke award, V K Murthy was famous for his camera work in Guru Dutt’s classics like Pyaasa and Sahib, Bibi Aur Ghulam.
Murthy, credited to have shot India’s first cinemascope movie Kagaz Ke Phool, is best remembered for his stunning camera work for all films of legendary Guru Dutt.
His picturisation of the song Chaudavin ka Chand is still considered one of the best cinematographic works that Hindi cinema has seen. Murthy’s work spans four long decades, from his early collaboration with Guru Dutt in the 1950s to his work in Shyam Benegal’s mega-serial Bharat Ek Khoj and one of the most acclaimed Kannada movies titled Hoova Hannu in 1993.
CLIMATE CHANGE 2014
Mitigation of Climate Change – IPCC Assessment Report 5
Thursday 1 May 2014, 3:00pm – 5:00pm | IIHS Bangalore City Campus.
N H RAVINDRANATH
Professor, Center For Sustainable Technologies, Indian Institute Of Science, Bangalore
IIHS Director Aromar Revi In Conversation with Professor N H Ravindranath on IPCC working group III Report on Mitigation of Climate Change
Prof. Ravindranath has focused his research, advocacy and publications on various dimensions of Climate Change -Mitigation Assessment, Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory in Land Use Sectors, Impact of Climate Change and Vulnerability Assessment in Forest and Agro-ecosystems, Adaptation and Climate Resilience, Forest Ecology, CDM and REDD+ Projects. He has also worked on Bioenergy, Biofuels and Biomass Production, Environmental/Ecosystem Services, and Citizen Science. Having published over 150 peer reviewed research papers and 8 books, he has also authored several IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Assessment Reports on Climate Change. Currently he is an author for Working Group 3 – Mitigation. He is also an author for the IPCC Synthesis Report – 2014
Professor Ravindranath is a member of Expert Committees of several national and international organizations.
IPCC Approved the Working Group 3 report on “Mitigation of Climate Change” during April 2014. This presentation will focus on the key findings of the report. Working group III contribution to the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) assesses literature on the scientific, technological, environmental, economic and social aspects of mitigation of climate change. The report created tremendous interest among the policy community, media, NGO’s and corporate sector on the political and economic implications of various mitigation pathways and scenarios. Some questions to be addressed include: Can we stabilize climate change at < 20C? What are the mitigation opportunities to stabilize climate change in different sectors and regions? What are the costs and potentials of different mitigation opportunities in different sectors and regions? What policies and measures are required to promote mitigation actions? What are the implications of delayed actions?
The talk will specifically address the following issues:
- Trends in flows and stocks of greenhouse gases and their drivers
- Mitigation pathways and measures in the context of sustainable development
- Long-term mitigation pathways to stabilize climate change.
- Sectoral and cross-sectoral mitigation pathways and measures
- Mitigation policies and institutions
- Implications of delayed actions to stabilize climate change at < 20C.
Unveiling tells the story of a seemingly, happy and modern couple who have taken great pains to redecorate their home. They invite a friend for an ‘unveiling’ of their renovated home but unwittingly unveil a lot more than just their new home! This adaptation of Unveiling is a dark comedy about the lives we live, the spaces we inhabit and our need for clutter and approval.
Unveiling written by Czech Playwright Vaclav Havel is part of a set of 3 plays that is popularly known as the Vanek trilogy. The trilogy was written in the 1960’s as deeply ironic pieces against the soviet clampdown in what was then Czechoslovakia. This adaptation is set in today’s world and can be read as a very relevant social satire
Note: This performance is open to individuals aged 14 and above.
About Sandbox Collective
Sandbox is a Bangalore-based artists’ collective comprising a group of artists and art administrators working together to expand the scope of performance arts. The collective is led by Nimi Ravindran and Shiva Pathak, who have both worked in the theatre and as arts managers for over a decade. Our aim is to present, commission and disseminate performances of a high standard. We will also work towards discovering and sustaining new culturally vibrant spaces in our cities by building new audiences and facilitating multi-disciplinary collaborations between artists.
The Rascal Quixote
About The Rascal Quixote
In an age where madmen become masters and the lines between the true and the false are damn fat, a writer spins a tale of a man who lives in a world of books. He declares himself a knight roams the countryside terrorising people, but also amusing them and enlightening them. Two bumbling policeman follow on his trail. The writer despairs as the story of the rascal Quixote eats its tail. Will the knight never find love? Will he never deliver justice? More worryingly, will he miss his dinner? The play is inspired by Cervantes’ novel, The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha.
Harami Theatre can loosely be described as a bunch of people who do some theatre, but can be more accurately described as a salty conglomerate. It was formed when a play called “Butter and Mashed Banana” needed a name for the people who were making it. Since then Harami Theatre has made some more plays.
BANGALORE | Roots and Beyond
24 April 2014 | 5:00pm
In this PublicTexts event, Sathya Prakash Varanashi, architect and convener of the INTACH, will be in conversation with Maya Jayapal, urban historian and author of Old Singapore (Oxford University Press, 1992), Old Jakarta (Oxford University Press, 1993), Bangalore : Story of the City (EastWest Books, 1997) and recently Bangalore : Roots and Beyond (Niyogi Books, 2014).
Dynamical Downscaling of Regional Climate over South Asia
23 July 2014 | 4:00 – 6:00 pm
For assessing the impacts of expected 21st century climate change and for informed decision making by policy makers and stakeholders, local to regional scale information is required on the nature of these changes, including good information of inherent projection uncertainties. However for such an assessment over India, the IPCC-based projections from the existing state-of-the-art general circulation models (GCMs) need to be downscaled at high spatial resolution to resolve the complexities of the summer monsoon season and other hydrological processes over regional scales. The dynamical downscaling method employs high-resolution regional climate models (RCMs) nested into global model output which aim at translating coarse resolution information as obtained from GCMs into regional and local scale conditions. This technique allows for a considerably higher spatial resolution over the domain of interest and, hence, for a more realistic representation of important surface heterogeneities (such as topography, coast lines, and land surface characteristics) and of meso-scale atmospheric processes. The next generation of regional climate projections is already under way in the frame of the international CO-ordinated Regional climate Downscaling Experiment (CORDEX) initiative by the World Climate Research Program (WCRP) of WMO. The present work evaluates the RCMs participating in the CORDEX South Asia component, which is co-ordinated by CCCR, IITM. This multi-model evaluation highlights the general ability of today’s regional climate models to represent the basic spatio-temporal patterns of the Indian climate but also indicates considerable deficiencies for selected metrics, regions and seasons.
NEW FINDINGS ON CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS, VULNERABILITY AND ADAPTATION
A Discussion Meeting On The Latest IPCC Wg-Ii 2014 Report
Jointly Organised by
INDIAN NATIONAL SCIENCE ACADEMY, NEW DELHI &
DIVECHA CENTER FOR CLIMATE CHANGE, IISc, Bangalore
Thursday 3 April 2014, 3:30pm
Auditorium, Divecha Center For Climate Change, Caos Building, Iisc, Bangalore
N H RAVINDRANATH
Professor, Center For Sustainable Technologies, Indian Institute Of Science, Bangalore
Ford Foundation Chair In Environmental Economics, Institute For Economic Growth, New Delhi
Director, Indian Institute For Human Settlements, Bangalore
The leads will make short (~15-20 min each) presentations followed by discussions and questions and answers (Q&A)
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II (WG-II) Report is expected to release its summary for policy makers (SPM) on 29 March 2014. WG-II reports assess the impacts vulnerability and adaptation to climate change. The WG-I report on the physical science basis was released earlier in last September. These reports are part of IPCC’s 5th assessment of current climate change. The WG-II report is the result of a major international scientific collaborative effort involving 310 scientists from 73 countries. This discussion meeting is designed to discuss the latest scientific findings in this new report.
What role for cities in the battle for sustainable development?
An IIHS public lecture by David Sattherthwaite, Senior Fellow, International Institute for Environment and Development
27 February 2014 | 6 pm
In his public lecture, London-based David Satthertwaite, Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Environment and Development and one of the world’s leading urban experts, will talk on what is needed to make cities around the world meet sustainable development goals. He will outline key urban agendas that will allow cities to address risks locally, including critical areas such as urban poverty and universal coverage for basic services, disaster risk reduction, as well as climate change adaptation and resilience.
David will highlight the central role of local governments and of the representative organizations and federations of the urban poor, key learnings from innovators and what allowed them to be effective, and the need for an international financial system that gives far more attention to supporting locally driven sustainable development, with examples from cities around the world.
Public Seminar by ARUN JAIN and DR. ALEXANDER SCHMIDT
The event featured two speakers, Arun Jain, Urban Designer and Strategist (http://urbdesign.wordpress.com/) and Dr. Alexander Scmidt, co-director of ARUS (Advanced Research in Urban Systems) at the University of Duisburg-Essen (https://www.uni-due.de/zlv/portrait/schmidt.php). The seminar was held at the Bangalore city campus on 23rd January, 2014 from 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM.
- Emergent Issues and Opportunities in Urban Development
- Inter/Trans-Disciplinary Research Approach of UDE’s ARUS (Advanced Research in Urban Systems)
Cotton for my Shroud
9 July, 2014 | 6.30pm
Since 1995, a quarter of a million Indian farmers have committed suicide – the largest wave of recorded suicides in human history. Most of them were cotton farmers from Vidarbha in Maharashtra. You need iron in your soul to walk through the villages in this region. Once known for its fine cotton, it is now called the ‘graveyard of farmers’.
‘Cotton for my Shroud’ tries to understand from a grass-roots perspective what is driving cotton farmers in India to despair – is it just a crisis of farm credit or are they victims of faulty paradigms of development. The testimonies of farmers and scientists expose the myopic policies of the Indian Government and their collusion with multinational corporations. The aggressive marketing of supposedly ‘better varieties’ of transgenic crops by the multinationals under the benign gaze of the State, entices the poor farmer. Abandoning his traditional wisdom of low-cost, sustainable agriculture, the farmer ultimately lands up in the honey trap of Bt. The Indian state has created conditions that are not conducive to the survival of small farmers. They want them to go, just as the small farmers disappeared in the west.
‘Cotton for my shroud’ was shot over two visits to the hinterlands of Vidarbha. Narrated in the first person, from the p.o.v of the film-makers, the film looks at the macro picture while following the lives of three families.
About the Directors
Nandan Saxena & Kavita Bahl work in the genres of documentary and poetry films. Their oeuvre spans the domains of ecology, livelihoods, development and human rights. After their Masters in English Literature from the University of Delhi, they did a diploma in journalism. Thereafter, Kavita worked for ‘ The Indian Express’ for seven years and Nandan worked for the audio-visual media, doing News and Current affairs programming, in what they call their previous life.
They turned a new leaf in 1996, as independent film-makers. Their films explore man’s relationship with his environment through many windows- cultural, political and anthropo-botanical. Their voluntary initiative ‘Via-Media’ is an effort to catalyse change by taking positive stories to receptive minds, and to build the capacity of citizens groups and movements. They take workshops to initiate inquisitive minds into film-making and photography. They are visiting faculty in the Department of Culture and Media Studies, Central University of Rajasthan.
Nandan is also an avid photographer. In 2009, he had a 30-day solo exhibition of his photographs at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. They have hosted a workshop on DSLR-filmmaking in partnership with Canon and Embrace Video during the Vatavaran Film Festival in December 2011; and another workshop on DSLR Filmmaking during the Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF-2012) in February 2012.
Had-Anhad: Journeys with Ram and Kabir
Kabir was a 15th century mystic poet of north India who defied the boundaries between Hindu and Muslim. He had a Muslim name and upbringing, but his poetry repeatedly invokes the widely revered Hindu name for God – Ram. Who is Kabir’s Ram? This film journeys through song and poem into the politics of religion, and finds a myriad answers on both sides of the hostile border between India and Pakistan.
About Shabnam Virmani
Shabnam is a filmmaker and artist in residence at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore, India. In 2003 she started travelling with folk singers in Malwa, Rajasthan and also Pakistan in a quest for the spiritual and socio-political resonances of the 15th century mystic poet Kabir in our contemporary worlds. Among the tangible outcomes of these journeys were a series of 4 musical documentary films, several music CDs and books of the poetry in translation. Currently she is working on creating a web-archive of Kabir and other mystic, Sufi and Bhakti poetry & music. She continues to journey and draw inspiration not only from Kabir, but also other mystic poets of the sub-continent and the oral folk traditions that carry them to us (www.kabirproject.org).
Her earlier work consisted of several video and radio programs created in close partnership with grassroots women’s groups in India. She has directed several award-winning documentaries and radio programs in close partnership with grassroots women’s groups in India. In 1990, she co-founded the Drishti Media, Arts and Human Rights collective in Ahmedabad.
Her work with the Kabir Project was recently awarded the Chishti Harmony Award in December 2013, for contributing to communal harmony and inter-faith understanding the country.
Inspired by the inclusive spirit of folk music, Shabnam took up playing the 5-stringed tambura herself and now sings a wide repertoire of folk songs of Kabir and other mystic poets.
BOTTLE MASALA IN MOILE
Dir: Vaidehi Chitre
Screening on 21 May 2014 at 6.00 pm at the IIHS Bangalore City Campus.
Descendants of the indigenous populations of Mumbai, the East Indian community originated from diverse local groups such as farmers, fishing people, toddy tappers, salt pan workers and others. Several of them were agriculturalists working on land that they also owned.
Today, as owners of ancestral property in a city that is developing at an aggressive pace, the community finds itself rapidly losing land to government and corporate forces. For the community as a whole, this has meant losing a valuable connection with the soil to which their culture is tied- the ‘story of us’. But for many, especially those in the rural areas this has also meant a threat to livelihood and consequently, as a small community, a threat to their very existence.
‘Bottle Masala in Moile’ focuses on a few of these stories. The film is divided into two thematically interconnected but dramatically discrete chapters. ‘Belly of the Whale,’ based in mainland Mumbai, is a collection of individual stories loosely held together by a common thread, that of the experience of loss. ‘Eye of the Storm,’ is set in Dharavi Island, and is driven by the narrative of the community’s resistance movement against land acquisition.
Dir: Mathieu Roy & Harold Crooks
Screening on 25th April, 2014 at 6.00 pm at the IIHS Bangalore City Campus.
Surviving Progress presents the story of human advancement as awe-inspiring and double-edged. It reveals the grave risk of running the 21st century’s software — our know-how — on the ancient hardware of our primate brain which hasn’t been upgraded in 50,000 years. With rich imagery and immersive soundtrack, filmmakers Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks launch us on journey to contemplate our evolution from cave-dwellers to space explorers.
Surviving Progress brings us thinkers who have probed our primate past, our brains, and our societies. Some amplify Wright’s urgent warning, while others have faith that the very progress which has put us in jeopardy is also the key to our salvation. Cosmologist Stephen Hawking looks to homes on other planets. Biologist Craig Venter, whose team decoded the human genome, designs synthetic organisms he hopes will create artificial food and fuel for all.
STIR. FRY. SIMMER
Dir: Vani Subramanian
Screening on 21st March, 2014 at 6.00 pm at the IIHS Bangalore City Campus.
In newspapers, on news channels and in our everyday trips to the market, we are constantly confronted with rising food prices, colossal wastage of food by the State, compromised policies on food security, and other such failures and fractures around food. Yet flipping across the same television channels or newspapers, we could find ourselves lulled into countless conversations on food as art, eating as excess, debates on dieting, cuisines as travel, and even cooking as a ticket to a successful future.
Standing in the midst of it all, not completely insulated from these worlds, and yet, not completely embedded, is our own kitchen. A place where love is often served up with equal portions of routinised cooking. The place where anecdotes heard and experiences lived, forever flavour what we eat, and how we remember eating it. The place where our taste buds learn to flower to the familiar. Conversely of course, our kitchen are also the very place where we learn what food and practices are not ours, separating the edible from inedible, the desired from despised, the irresistible from unacceptable.
As we carry these sensibilities to the outside world, we think our responses to food are ‘instinctive’… but are they? Where does my plate end, and yours begin? Are we what we eat, or do we, in fact, eat what we are?
These are just some of the delightful (and not so delightful questions) that STIR. FRY. SIMMER, a film by Vani Subramanian stirs up as it talk about food, memory, nostalgia, belonging, family, community, nation, alienation, desire and disgust, politics, prejudice and power.
Dir: Pushpa Rawat
Screening on 26th February, 2014 at 6.00 pm at the IIHS Bangalore City Campus.
The film is Pushpa’s personal journey as she tries to make sense of her own life, and that of her women friends. Set in a lower middle class neighbourhood in the outskirts of Delhi, it explores the lives of women, who are young, educated and bright, but who feel bound and helpless when it comes to taking any major decision regarding their life, be it career or marriage. By following the lives of the women over three years, the film documents the changes in their lives and tries to capture the essence of their existence, at times through conversations, and at others by simply observing their seemingly innocuous everyday routines.
Dir: Jagannathan Krishnan
Screening on 23rd January, 2014 at 6.00 pm at the IIHS Bangalore City Campus.
Cinema can help you better your life, film stars can give you moral and spiritual messages that can uplift you. Sagai believes this. Sagai is a film buff and his idol is South Indian Superstar Rajnikanth. He grew up watching films in a semi legal video parlour in the Mumbai slums. When he came of age he started working in the same place as didhis father before him. The video theatre no longer exists. In a charming, eloquent and often politically incorrect street speak, he shares the story of his video theatre alongside his trip with films.
The Center for South Asia Studies, at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bangalore, hosted a 2-day conference on urbanisation in India titled: “The 21st Century Indian City: Towns, Metros, and the Indian Economy” at the IIHS Bangalore City Campus, India on 26 and 27 March, 2013.
The “urban” economy plays an increasingly vital role in India’s economic development. This workshop/conference seeks to address many critical questions relating to the effective and equitable functioning of the economy of Indian towns, cities and metros. We expect to analyse real estate markets, agglomeration economies, new modes of urbanisation and structural problems of urban governance. Discussions will focus on ways to help promote sound policies for a developed urban infrastructure, growth in job creation, increased access to affordable housing, developing transparent mechanisms of governance, generating new sources of urban finance, and constructing viable social welfare systems for the urban poor.
Radical Ecological Democracy: Towards Sustainability and Equity
The opening PublicTexts event brings together Mario D’Penha, historian and activist, with the co-editors of Because I have a Voice: Queer Politics in India (Yoda Press), Gautam Bhan and Arvind Narrain.
Lawrence Liang talks on “Comics and the Urban Imagination.”
IIHS hosted publics on “Current developments in California’s transportation and climate policy” by Dr. Matthew John Holian on Tuesday, 8 January, 2013 at 5:30 pm at IIHS City Campus, Bangalore.
Kya Hua Is Shehar ko
Screening on 20th November, 2013 at 5.30 pm at the IIHS Bangalore City Campus. The filmmaker will be present for the discussion after the screening of the film.
About the Director
Bidesia in Bambai
IIHS screens Bidesia in Bambai (Dir: Surabhi Sharma), A ground-breaking film on Bhojpuri music that migrants produce, perform and circulate to stay connected to the home they have left behind, and to make their presence visible in the city that is home for now.
IIHS organised the screening of “Water and a City” by Swati Dandekar on 16 January, 2013 at IIHS Bangalore City Campus, Bangalore.
|7 December, 2012
IIHS hosted a talk on Life between buildings: The use and abuse of FSI by Shirish Patel at the IIHS Bangalore City Campus from 9:45 – 10:45 am.
24 November, 2012
18 October – 19 October, 2012
5 September, 2012
30 August – 1 September, 2012
12 July, 2012
16 April, 2012
|10 December, 2011
IIHS, in partnership with Sustainable Urbanism International, organised a seminar titled “Sustainable Urban Futures – Heritage, Culture and Environment” at Bangalore.
9 December, 2011
21 – 23 October, 2011
28 June, 2011
24 June, 2011
7 June, 2011
5 May, 2011
|30 March – 1 April, 2011
Aromar Revi participated in the UNEP/University of Stellenbosch Urban Infrastructure transitions and Governance workshop, Stellenbosch
|28 March – 30 March, 2011
Aromar Revi participated in the African Centre for Cities/University of Cape Town IBSA Urban research workshop, Cape Town
|25 March, 2011
Aromar Revi presented at the University of California Berkeley Conference on The 21st Century Indian City: Setting the Agenda for Urbanization in India, IIC Delhi
|22 March – 24 March, 2011
Aromar Revi attended the IPCC Expert Group meeting on Human settlements, Infrastructure and Spatial planning, Kolkata
|9 March, 2011
Aromar Revi gave a presentation on India’s Urban Transformation: turning Challenge into Opportunity, World Future Council, Workshop on Regenerative Urbanisation, IHC New Delhi
|24 February – 25 February, 2011
Aromar Revi attended the INISDR Advisory Board review of Global assessment of Risk Report 2011, Geneva
|2 February, 2011
Aromar Revi gave a presentation at the CSDS and IDS Cities and Environment workshop Climate Change in India, IIC, Delhi
|27 January, 2011
Aromar Revi attended the TIFAC/IIASA/CEPT Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Mitigation workshop on Climate Change: An Adaptation & Mitigation Agenda for Indian Cities, CEPT
|11 January – 14 January, 2011
Aromar Revi attended the IPCC Assessment Report 5 (AR5) First Lead Authors meeting, Tsukuba
|23 October, 2010
Aromar Revi gave a presentation on Emerging Urban India and the Informal City, 361 degree Conference on Design and Mumbai
|15 October, 2010
Aromar Revi gave a Keynote addresson Climate Change: an Adaptation and Mitigation Agenda for Indian Cities UGEC, Arizona State University, Tempe
|12 October, 2010
Aromar Revi gave a lecture on India’s Urban Transformation from Challenge to Opportunity, GSD Harvard
|11 October, 2010
Aromar Revi gave a lecture on India’s Urban Transformation from Challenge to Opportunity, Korbel School of International Affairs, University of Denver
|9 October, 2010
Aromar Revi gave a lecture on The Indian Institute for Human Settlements Asia’s New Global Universities,American Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Conference, Minneapolis
|5 – 8 October, 2010
Aromar Revi presented the Key Note Address at Association of African Planning Schools(AAPS), Dar es Salaam on “India’s Urban Transformation and the Indian Institute for Human Settlements”
|9 September, 2010
Aromar Revi participated in the Sustainability, Heritage and Urban Development: Issues and Challenges in India, UNESCO-IHN Conference on Heritage Based Sustainable Development, New Delhi
|14 July, 2010
Aromar Revi participated in a Round Table Discussion on “Challenges of rapid urban growth: Readiness of Critical infrastructure Institutions in Urban Mega-Centres” at IIM, Bangalore
|23 June, 2010
Mihir Shah (Indian Planning Commission) presented on “Institutional Challenges of the Twelfth Indian 5 Year Plan (2012-2017)” : The Example of Planning Water for the Future at London
|10 May, 2010
Aromar Revi gave a lecture on “India’s Urban Transformation: from Challenge to Opportunity” at Cape Town
|18 November, 2009
Aromar Revi (IIHS) “India’s Urban Transformation: from Challenge to Opportunity” at London
|12 November, 2009
Aromar Revi (IIHS) “India’s Urban Transformation: from Challenge to Opportunity” IDEO
|5 October, 2009
Aromar Revi (IIHS) “Laurie Baker Memorial Lecture” at Thrissur
|30 September, 2009
Dr. Gautam Bhan (IIHS) “Eviction and Urban Citizenship in New Delhi” at MIT