Sameera Iyengar

Theatre & Human Possibility

23 November 2012

What is it that makes us wonderfully human? The opposable thumb? An ability to use tools? Language? Maybe. But these factors do not quite capture our experience of being human. Sameera Iyengar argues that humans are strange creatures, who delight in discovery, revel in emotion, are given to flights of fancy, take joy in imagining beyond the obvious, and who need to be fulfilled in ways that are not only material. 

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Shrikesh Pabari

From Russia with Love

9 November 2012

Russia is the world’s largest country, a nuclear super power and the largest producer of oil and gas globally. It’s also the 'R' In BRICS - alongside India. It often conjures up images of super-rich oligarchs, the cold war, government protests, caviar and extreme cold. 

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Nimmi Rangaswamy

Mental Karta Hai

5 October 2012

Nimmi Rangaswamy is a social anthropologist and works for Microsoft as a researcher. She has a PhD from the University of Mumbai and MPhil from the Delhi School of Economics. She has been part of the editorial team for the journal Economic and Political Weekly. The buzz words in her life include people, technology, ethnography and at this point in time, social media. Nimmi researches people and their social contexts and is currently obsessing over user generated content on Facebook, particularly from youth living in the urban slums of Chennai and Hyderabad.

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Bishakha Datta

Wikipedia Uncovered!

28 September 2012

Bishakha Datta is a Wikimedia Board member and the leader of the India-based non-profit Point of View. She has two decades of diverse, international experience as a non-profit practitioner, journalist and filmmaker dedicated to disseminating women's perspectives through media, art and culture. She has worked with organizations from around the world and has completed her education from both Stanford University and Mumbai University. Wikipedia is as familiar to most of us as our daily soap – something we use and re-use every day without thinking or blinking.

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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.

Theatre & Human Possibility

What is it that makes us wonderfully human? The opposable thumb? An ability to use tools? Language? Maybe. But these factors do not quite capture our experience of being human. Sameera Iyengar argues that humans are strange creatures, who delight in discovery, revel in emotion, are given to flights of fancy, take joy in imagining beyond the obvious, and who need to be fulfilled in ways that are not only material. 23 November 2012

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From Russia with Love

Russia is the world’s largest country, a nuclear super power and the largest producer of oil and gas globally. It’s also the 'R' In BRICS - alongside India. It often conjures up images of super-rich oligarchs, the cold war, government protests, caviar and extreme cold. 9 November 2012

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Mental Karta Hai

Nimmi Rangaswamy is a social anthropologist and works for Microsoft as a researcher. She has a PhD from the University of Mumbai and MPhil from the Delhi School of Economics. She has been part of the editorial team for the journal Economic and Political Weekly. The buzz words in her life include people, technology, ethnography and at this point in time, social media. Nimmi researches people and their social contexts and is currently obsessing over user generated content on Facebook, particularly from youth...5 October 2012

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Wikipedia Uncovered!

Bishakha Datta is a Wikimedia Board member and the leader of the India-based non-profit Point of View. She has two decades of diverse, international experience as a non-profit practitioner, journalist and filmmaker dedicated to disseminating women's perspectives through media, art and culture. She has worked with organizations from around the world and has completed her education from both Stanford University and Mumbai University. Wikipedia is as familiar to most of us as our daily soap – something we use and re-use every day without...28 September 2012

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Your City, My Stories

Shiho Kito is an English and Photography graduate from Tokyo and London. She was awarded the Prime Minister's Initiative Funds from the British Council twice, in 2008 and 2010, for her residence program at the National Institute of Design in India. In this Friday Funda talk Shiho shared her experiences of India through her eyes. Her photographs had interesting stories attached to them. She talked about a landscape project ‘Pikari’ (shining in Japanese) that covered the light of Diwali in the city of...21 September 2012

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Ek Madhav Baug

Ek Madhav Baug is a pioneering Marathi language play by the late Chetan Datar that was enacted on stage by Mona Ambegaonkar in Hindi. (It has been translated into Hindi by Mona Ambegaonkar and Vivek Anand.) The play is seen from the point of view of a mother who discovers that her son is gay and through his diary, relives his journey of discovery of his own sexuality. The moving performance at Godrej India Culture Lab was followed by a discussion with...24 August 2012

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IdeaSmith

Ramya Pandyan is a suburban Mumbaiker whose lifeline is inextricably linked to the smooth functioning of the railway lines. Spreadsheets and presentations govern her day as a business analyst. She just about manages to squeeze in a few pages of reading in between stations. But in her online avatar as IdeaSmith, Ramya navigates exciting experiences and colourful conversations every day. Armed with Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Wordpress, she talks about life, love, art, fiction, womanhood, the workplace and the city that she calls...3 August 2012

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India's Foreign Policy

Ambassador Deo has a Master’s degree from the Delhi School of Economics. A distinguished diplomat, she has been the Indian Ambassador to Denmark and Ivory Coast with concurrent accreditation to several West African countries. She has also served in Indian embassies in Washington D.C., Bangkok and Rome. Her most recent assignment was as Consul General in New York. During her assignments in the Ministry of External Affairs, she was Joint Secretary for Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and the Maldives.20 July 2012

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