Vidyun Sabhaney

Image and Word

28 June 2013

In 2012, comic book artists Vidyun Sabhaney and Shohei Emura studied three visual storytelling traditions in India with a view to understand how they use sequential images to give life to the epics. The forms chosen for this were: Togalu Gombeyatta, Bengali Pat painting and performance, and Rajasthani Kaavad.

During the course of the study, it was found that in a bid to remain relevant, each of these forms is adapting to our changing times in its own unique way. 

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Vikram Iyengar

The Freedom to Dance

31 May 2013

Dance is a pure expression and experience of joy both for the dancer and the spectator. But Indian classical dance is often caught in the grip of the exalted position it has built for itself as a national symbol, alienating audiences and actually restricting performers from exploring the delight of dance.

Is it at all possible to claim a space of play, accessibility and engagement for classical dance, to entice it down from its unreachable pedestal, and dialogue intelligently with it over a cup of tea? In this very special Friday Funda, Vikram Iyengar spoke about his own journey, questioned and re-interpreted perceptions, and shared moments of performance to demonstrate the freedom inherent in dance … all this with a little touch of eccentricity that makes life a voyage of continuous discovery.

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Vijay Crishna

Learning From World’s End

17 May 2013

His story relates to an extraordinary set of circumstances connected to an Antarctic Expedition led by Sir Ernest Shackleton 100 years ago. All the circumstances combined to make this the most incredible survival story of all - with the entire team emerging alive to tell the tale! 

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Roopa Purushothaman

Women and Leadership in India

3 May 2013

Roopa Purushothaman is passionate about leadership and girls education. She is the founder of Avasara, an educational non-profit organization which develops the leadership potential of India's brightest young women. She is also an economist and the Head of Research at Everstone Capital. Roopa has written extensively on demographics, education, income and consumption patterns. 

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Friday Fundas

Our regular speaker and performer series in Vikhroli has become a popular fixture on Mumbai’s event calendar. Join us on select Fridays of the month for these events and tell your friends about them as well. Most of our events are open to the public with RSVP.

Image and Word

In 2012, comic book artists Vidyun Sabhaney and Shohei Emura studied three visual storytelling traditions in India with a view to understand how they use sequential images to give life to the epics. The forms chosen for this were: Togalu Gombeyatta, Bengali Pat painting and performance, and Rajasthani Kaavad. During the course of the study, it was found that in a bid to remain relevant, each of these forms is adapting to our changing times in its own unique way. 28 June 2013

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The Freedom to Dance

Dance is a pure expression and experience of joy both for the dancer and the spectator. But Indian classical dance is often caught in the grip of the exalted position it has built for itself as a national symbol, alienating audiences and actually restricting performers from exploring the delight of dance. Is it at all possible to claim a space of play, accessibility and engagement for classical dance, to entice it down from its unreachable pedestal, and dialogue intelligently with it over a cup...31 May 2013

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Learning From World’s End

His story relates to an extraordinary set of circumstances connected to an Antarctic Expedition led by Sir Ernest Shackleton 100 years ago. All the circumstances combined to make this the most incredible survival story of all - with the entire team emerging alive to tell the tale! 17 May 2013

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Women and Leadership in India

Roopa Purushothaman is passionate about leadership and girls education. She is the founder of Avasara, an educational non-profit organization which develops the leadership potential of India's brightest young women. She is also an economist and the Head of Research at Everstone Capital. Roopa has written extensively on demographics, education, income and consumption patterns. 3 May 2013

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Kitsch Kitsch Hota Hai

Sensuous, sublime, highbrow, garish….kitsch which refers to simple objects from daily life like calendar art, cinema posters, mass-produced models of iconic places like the Taj Mahal, posters of gods and goddesses, and more…has over the years, grown to mean many things to many people, in India and all around the world. It is loved and hated in equal measure as a symbol of Indianness. 8 March 2013

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And above all, be fair!

US$43.6 million worth of cosmetics are purchased every hour in the world. Most of them are fairness, whitening and skin lightening creams bought in Asia. A lot of them are bought in Asian countries where lives were once proudly sacrificed to gain independence from ‘white people’. Why then has fairness become the standard for beauty in these countries? What are the socio-cultural and economic reasons behind the success of such products?25 January 2013

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Poor Economics

Dr. Abhijit V. Banerjee was educated at the University of Calcutta, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D in 1988. He is currently the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.7 December 2012

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Harpist in the House!

Nush Lewis (hailed as Marie Claire India’s exciting young talent of tomorrow) is a contemporary Indian harpist who has trained at the KM Music Conservatory in Chennai. She has lived and worked between Chennai, Mumbai, Abu Dhabi and Kuwait. With three self-produced ‘bedroom’ singles in the form of ‘Blue Nails’, ‘Bright Orange Tea Cups’ and the appraised Shaai’r + Func mash-cover of 'Freeze You/ My Roots’, Nush’s music is influenced by the different cities she has lived in and the people she has met....30 November 2012

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