AgricultureCrisis &FarmersIssues.

AgricultureCrisis &FarmersIssues

October 23, 2018 7:30 pm Tuesday

Lamakaan invites Nirmala, a social activist, currently working with farmers to give us an insight into policies that are less inclusive of small and marginal land holding farmers. On October 23, Lamakaan wants to throw light on the key issues plaguing agriculture, crippling the farmers and the shameful politics around it.

She says, ‘Each of us (the non-farming folks) have our plates full of food at the cost of farmers. It is time to raise our voice in solidarity, march in solidarity. Agricultural crisis is no longer the crisis of the farmer alone, it is a national crisis.’

Recently the central government declared the MSP for 22 mandated crops. Firstly, the declared MSP is not in line with recommendations of the Swaminathan committee of weighted average cost of production + 50%. Farmers had a short-lived smile on their face with the announcement. What is the point of declaring an MSP, when the government has expressed no intention of opening up procurement centres.

In August and September this year, farmers sold green gram (moong dal) anywhere from ₹3,900 to ₹5,300 per quintal in the open market. The MSP for moong was declared ₹6,975 per quintal, but no procurement centre was opened. Unable to hold on to their produce, many small and marginal farmers dumped moong in market yards bearing losses. Some medium and large farmers believed that the centres would open and held on to their produce. As more and more moong reached markets, the price stumbled further, procurement centres were not opened and farmers finally realized that it was not worth the wait.

Declaring MSP turned out to be an election stunt, with no results, or even genuine productive intentions behind it.

Even in cases where procurement centres were opened, like in the case of Karnataka, the government declared that it will only procure a small amount which meant that many farmers were left out and resorted to selling in open markets at low prices, paying exploitative commissions to traders, getting cheated in weighing etc.

To quote another instance, black gram which we buy at ₹80 to ₹90 per kilo in Hyderabad is sold by farmers at ₹25 per kilo in Narayanpet.

The event will discuss these issues in the context of the futility of only enhancing and increasing loan waivers. The aim of this discussion is to spread awareness of the angst of small and marginal land holding farmers, and the need to participate in the march for justice.



Storytelling Certificate course

Storytelling Certificate course.

16th, 17th, 18th and 20th October 2018, 10:30 PM to 5:00 PM.

Workshop for parents, grandparents, Storytellers, corporate professionals, educators.


We are a few Storytellers from hyd, hosting geetanjali shetty of Mumbai to train us Storytellers, also open to other teachers, grandparents and parents in hyderabad.



Urban Parallax Book Introduction, Kommuneity Weekend

Urban Parallax Book Introduction
October 14, 2018 11:30 am Sunday.

Urban Parallax, a slim, accessible book brings together over a dozen reflections on India’s urbanization from some of the most committed and passionate urbanists in contemporary India. Dr. Amita Bhide and Dr. Himanshu Burte (both from the Centre for Urban Policy and Governance, TISS, Mumbai) editors of the book will introduce the thinking behind the book. The meeting will be chaired by Dr. Sheela Prasad, University of Hyderabad.

Kommune, Bring Kommune to your city.
 October 13th Saturday & 14th Sunday, 2018 1:00 pm.

Kommune, Workshop + Story Slam.
October 13th Saturday 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM &

14th Sunday 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM 2018 1:00 pm.

Bring Kommune to your city: Through the years, we’ve had festivals, story slams, made memories and experiences throughout the country. But we’ve faltered—see, the Kommune team is based primarily in Mumbai, and we sometimes forget that the Kommuneity is nationwide. So we’ve decided to launch a city plan that has Kommune visiting different parts of the country, looking for stories and talent throughout. We’re also looking to start city chapters, tiny pockets of the Kommuneity who love the performing arts as much as we do and would like to volunteer with us. And Hyderabad, with your food, stories, and history, we couldn’t help but keep you on our list. So join us as we discuss bringing storytelling to a city seeped in them, the performing arts to a city that was defined the word ‘art’ for so many of us. Hyderabad, help us turn the Kommuneity into a beautiful revolution.

Kommuneity Weekend: Kommuneity – we’ve had workshops, and we’ve had story slams. Our workshops have you walking in with words and walking out with stories – stories you never knew existed, stories you never thought were worth sharing. Our story slams are what unique Sundays are made of, complete with tellers breaking down their walls and finding support in strangers who look a lot less strange by the end of the evening. Both events however, define the Kommuneity for us. So we decided to combine the two to give you a weekend with all things Kommune, a weekend you’ll want to repeat again and again. Welcome to the Hyderabad edition of the Kommuneity weekend, where we marry the beauty of learning with the promise of growing.

So Hyderabad, we come to you with a Saturday of learning in the workshop, followed by a Sunday of using everything you’ve learned in the story slam. The theme for this story slam is ‘Taste’ – from food to memories, tell us about your favourite taste. Tell us if sadness tastes like your mother’s food gone cold or if happiness tastes like a the rain after months of waiting. In a city that loves food, tell us a bit about your swaad.

Participants will receive complimentary writing material. After all, what’s a writer without a book? So join Kommune as they create, captivate, and collaborate at this Kommuneity weekend!

Artists for both: Anuj Gurwara & Roshan Abbas

Falling Rupee&Rising Fuel price

Falling Rupee & Rising Fuel Price.
October 11, 2018 7:30 pm Thursday

Lamakaan invites you to Addebaazi on the burning topic of the country ‘Falling Rupee & Rising Fuel Price. This is going to be an informal discussion where participants can freely participate and talk about the recent phenomena at the macroeconomic level of the country.

The plummeting rupee and the soaring price of fuel due to global factors are worrisome for the people.

How do we look at this burning of oil on one hand and melting of Indian rupee on the other side? What are the global factors that affect the balance of payments and also impact the lives of people living in this country?

Come, listen and share your thoughts with us on this Thursday at Lamakaan.

Dastangoi: Dastan Miyan Azaad ki, Soz Khwani: Songs of Lament

Dastangoi : Dastan Miyan Azaad ki.
 October 05, 2018 7:30 pm Friday & October 07, 2018 6:00 pm Sunday.

Dastangoi [made up of two Persian words: ‘Dastan’ meaning long tale and ‘goi’ meaning to tell it], is the lost art form of Urdu storytelling, revived in recent years. The original Dastans were epic tales of adventure and magic, among which Dastans of Amir Hamza were most prominent. In recent years new Dastans have expanded to include folk and other tales as well and the language has widened from chaste Urdu to include Hindustani and Hindi. The beauty of Dastangoi lies in the fact that it is the purest form of storytelling, which relies heavily on just two factors: the beauty of the language and the skill of the narrator.

Dastan Miyan Azad ki

This Dastan is a carefully curated selection of 3 nuggets of different moods, from ‘Fasana-e-Azad’. Authored by Pandit Ratan Naath Sarshaar, this gem of Urdu literature was hugely popular in the late 19th and early 20th century. It is a compilation of anecdotes and encounters of its central character- Miyan Azad and brings alive, in its word pictures, the Lucknow of the post-1857 era. The Dastan is embellished with the element of music, in carefully chosen songs based on classical ragas, highlighting the different moods.

The ageless appeal of this Urdu classic lies in its rich tapestry of colloquial language, ornamental expressions and lyrical writing peppered with occasional couplets, to describe festivals, rituals, festivities, mourning, feasts etc. It’s like a brilliant multi faceted diamond, flashing various moods and flavours. Published in book form first in 1880, ‘Fasana-e-Azad’ was serialised from December 1878 to December 1879 in ‘Avadh Akhbar’, an Urdu weekly published from Lucknow by Munshi Nawal Kishore.

The Dastangos

VALENTINA TRIVEDI is an educationist and performance artist. She has performed at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh, Bookraroo Childrens’ Literature Festival, Malaysia, apart from performances pan India. As a Dastango, apart from performing in Urdu and Hindustani, she has also adapted Satyajit Ray’s popular film ‘Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne’ into a Dastan embellishing it with translations of its original songs.

ASKARI NAQVI is Lucknow based performing artist. Soz Khwani and Dastangoi are two different Art forms he performs. He is also a student of music and getting trained under Pandit Amit Mukerjee. He has performed Soz Khwani and Dastangoi to national and international acclaim. Open Donation. All are welcome.

Soz Khwani: Songs of Lament.

 October 06, 2018 7:30 pm Saturday & October 07, 8:00 pm Sunday.

“Soz-khwani”, is a poetic & musical expression of a battle against tyranny in Karbala 1400 years ago by a group of seventy two people. This poetic and musical form is a beautiful expression of human emotions weaved in Indian symbols, narration of life and culture. This Art form is performed traditionally during the month of Muharram. Muharram is month of mourning for Shia Muslims. The form is performed during the close gatherings in an event called the “Majalis” where people gather for mourning for the sacrifices made in Karbala. The Art form has really been an important tradition of Awadh in India in terms of classical Awadhi, Urdu and some Persian poetic forms. Soz-khwani is also very much part of the folk music traditions of Awadh though not widely appreciated as they have been only closely associated to personal religious beliefs and traditions. The compositions for Soz-Khwani are based on the Indian Ragas. The Art form was part of many Shia family traditions in Awadh but now there are very few families who are still holding this tradition. The family Askari comes from belongs to a ‘Qasba’ (town) situated in the heart of Awadh called Mustafabad in Raebareli district of Uttar Pradesh in India. The family has been practicing and has preserved the Art form in a similar way like any other oral cultural traditions. But now there are very few in our generation who are practicing these classical forms.

ASKARI NAQVI is Lucknow based performing artist. Soz Khwani and Dastangoi are two different Art forms he performs. He is also a student of music and getting trained under Pandit Amit Mukerjee. He has performed Soz Khwani and Dastangoi to national and international acclaim.

Open Donation All are Welcome.


Addabaazi on Rafale Deal, Talk on Bhagat Singh.

Addabaazi on Rafale Deal
 September 27, 2018 7:30 pm Thursday.
We are witnessing the biggest scam of Indian History today in the name of Rafale scam.

1) No. of Aircrafts suddenly reduced from 126 to 36 numbers

2) Abnormal increase of price per aircraft from 715 crores to 1650 crore

3) No make in India, HAL threw out and Ambani included with a huge order worth 21000 crores served on his platter.

In order to discuss this all-time biggest scam by the present Modi government in detail, you all are invited to ADDABAZI discussion at Lamakaan The topic will be discussed in depth by all the participants. The discussion will be led by Parag.  ALL ARE WELCOME!!!


Talk on Bhagat Singh
 September 28, 2018 6:30 pm Friday

Relevance of Bhagat Singh today – understanding a revolutionary on his 110th anniversary


Samahaara present’s , Two  Silver Jubilee Shows @ LAMAKAAN.


Samahaara present’s , Two  Silver Jubilee Shows @ LAMAKAAN.

 “LAST WISH BABY” A Hilarious Multilingual SatireAn adaptation of William Seebring’s play “The Original Last Wish Baby”Directed by : Rathna Shekar Reddy

Date: 22nd Sep 2018 Time: 7.30 pm Venue: Lamakaan, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad. Entry by Donation Rs.200/

The Last Wish Baby is a satire which explores the lunacy that surrounds any media-driven issue today.The play begins with the birth of a baby without a heart, yet miraculously alive.The media of the entire country goes into a frenzy covering this new piece of sensational news.

A medical marvel turns into a media saga of the infant’s journey now known as the Last Wish Baby. Everyone uses this news for their own ends. However, the heart is found, a separate woman having given birth to it. A clash between the mothers, another media circus.

From “A laugh riot” to “A must-watch”, this play is back on popular demand.


 Swadesh Deepak’s “COURT MARTIAL” A Sensational path-breaking play in Hindi, Directed by Rathna Shekar

Date: 23rd Sep 2018 Time: 7.30pm Venue: Lamakaan, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad. Entry by donation Rs.200/- Available at

 Court Martial is a gripping, engrossing and powerful play written by Swadesh Deepak. More than Five thousand shows of this play have been performed across the country by various theatre groups. Great performances, hard hitting dialogues, intense dramatic moments and a fantastic climax make this play one of the most performed Hindi plays in the last 25 years.

Court Martial is the story of a recruit Ramchandar who is accused of killing his senior officer and injuring another. Ramchandar’s trial brings startling facts into light that questions the norms of society. This Court Martial is presided by war veteran Col. Surat Singh, accustomed to the brutality of life but is left completely unarmed and broken during the course of this trial. Ramchandar’s trial is not only a fight for his life but a fight for a bigger truth. A truth that is more important than his own life.



Remembering Operation Polo.

Remembering Operation Polo

16th September, Sunday @ 07:30 PM 

On September 17, 1948, the Indian army which was sent by the government had taken over the princely state of Hyderabad. Titled ‘Operation Polo’ and known as ‘Police Action’, the event annexed areas of present day Maharashtra and Karnataka, which were then under Hyderabad, to the Indian union.

The operation was initiated after Osman Ali Khan, the last and seventh monarch of the Asaf Jahi dynasty was deliberating between joining the Indian union and staying independent.

Anything but a simple takeover, Operation Polo had resulted in thousands of deaths, apparently at the hands of the Indian army (preceded by bouts of violence against citizens by the militia Razakaars run by Kasim Razvi, who later became the leader of the MIM). September 17 this year marks 70 years since the incident took place.

Mr. Burugula Narsing Rao (86) , then a college student, and someone who witnessed the murder of journalist Shoaibullah Khan (by the Razakaars) and what had transpired during the period will be speaking at Lamakaan on the occasion. So come join us for a discussion.

Free Entry…

Preserving Charminar. August 24th, 7:30 PM, Friday.

Preserving Charminar from Encroachments

2018 marks 500 years since the Qutb Shahi dynasty was established in 1518 by Sultan Quli Qutb Shah. And 73 years later, his grandson and fourth king of the dynasty founded the city of Hyderabad, with the iconic Charminar being its foundation. Built to mark the new city’s beginning and the end of a supposed plague, the edifice today is Hyderabad’s face.

And 427 years since it was constructed, the Charminar has witnessed the city grow around it, having seen the end of two dynasties. But over time, the iconic structure has been subject to encroachments and disturbances, in spite of it being a national monument protected by the Archaeological Survey of India. While that in itself is not something new, how it has happened over time will is something we as citizens should look at, especially in terms of protecting our heritage.

And to understand that, or guest speaker will be Mr. Milan Kumar Chauley, who is the Superintending Archaeologist with the ASI, looking after all the national monuments in both Andhra and Telangana. Mr. Chauley will deliver a talk and also make a presentation about the Charminar and its surrounding encroachments.

About the speaker: Mr. Milan Kumar Chauley first joined service as a Documentation Officer with Delhi government’s archaeology department in 2002. He joined the ASI in 2003, working for its excavation branch in Bhubaneshwar and Delhi. In 2012, Mr. Chauley became a Superintending Achaeologist directly after writing the UPSC exam, following which he was appointed to the Telangana/AP circle as the same in 2017.